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Plating onto LCP & COC Engineering Plastics

Q. Dear Community Members,

We are currently engaged in electroless copper and electroless nickel plating on LCP materials used in electronic components. However, we have encountered several challenges after the EN process.

Bubble, Peeling Off and Yellow Stains

We kindly request insights and solutions from experts in the field. If you have experience with LCP plating or have successfully resolved similar issues, please share your expertise.

Your valuable input will greatly assist us in enhancing our plating processes. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

SP Liu
Employee - Malaysia Johor
May 30, 2024

A. Hi Liu,
I have no experience in plating of Liquid Crystalline Polymers, but good adhesion of electroless plating requires etching of the substrate. What are you doing for etching? Is your LCP conductive, or what are you doing to metallize the surface?

Electroless nickel can tend to tarnish (turn yellow), so anti-tarnish post treatments are sometimes applied.

Luck & Regards,

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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey

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I'm looking for a job shop experienced with these or similar materials.

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