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Copper plating on titanium


Has anyone out there any experience with plating copper on titanium? We are presently experimenting before deciding on a set up, with out much success. Any help would be appreciated.

Keith Anderson
- Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


Titanium oxidizes very rapidly and its oxide will not plate with adhesion. Try to get a copy of Boeings or Pratt and Whitney or the USAF specification for plating on titanium. There is a workable process in Electroplating Engineering Handbook edited by Durney. It is not cheap, but is a valuable reference.

After several back and forth clean and activate steps you probably should give it a woods nickel strike and then copper strike then copper plate.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida


Hi Keith.


anders sundman
Anders Sundman
3rd Generation in Plating
Consultant - Arvika, Sweden

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