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Brass Plating over Nickel Plating

August 29, 2010

Q. We are using steel screws for the brass neutral link or brass terminals bars used for earthing in electrical wiring.

Our customer wants these steel screws with brass plating. We buy these screws and so not aware of the process. As far as I know, the screw is acid cleaned and then copper is flashed before nickel plating and then brass flashing.

The problem is that after few days the brass (yellow) color gets red and black if kept open. The shelf life of these parts are very crucial and hence would like to know the following.

1) Is there any grade of steel which is less corrosive? (Not Stainless Steel)
2) Is there any particular method to be followed for acid cleaning of these screws before they are copper flashed?
3) Same before nickel plating
4) And finally brass flashing
5) Is there any coating required on the top of brass flashing?

These screws are then fastened on the terminals by hand. It has been noted in the past that the sweat on hands were the reason, but then we use cloth gloves. The problem is reduced, but not solved.

Can anyone suggest a proper full proof method?


Jacob Ebanezer
Mechanical Engineer - Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

August 30, 2010

A. Hi, Jacob. Do they need to be shiny? If not, any reason to do the nickel and copper plating instead of just a heavier plating of brass?

There is no such thing as foolproof, but a dip in benzotriazole should prolong the shelf life.


Ted Mooney, finishing.com
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finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

Some nickel plated screws aren't getting their brass plating

February 11, 2019

Q. Sir I am facing a problem that is after nickel plating on iron screws when we try for brass plating. some of screws missing in brass or some material not covered with brass plating. This problem is coming last few days. Before one month there was not problem about any missing.

I'm adding brass salt, ammonia, and cyanide also.
18 °C and ph 11.6

Vikas girdhar
Ishmeet polish industry - Amritsa,Punjab/india

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