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Viable Process to Plate Magnesium Alloy


I am trying to run a magnesium alloy spec AZ-91D. I have tried the processes in Modern Electroplating to no avail. Is there a viable process to run Magnesium with good adhesion, or is it just a pipe dream?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Erik Mac Kenna
- Houston, Texas


There are two methods to plate Mg.

One method uses a zincate similar to the ones used to plate Al.
The other method is the direct method that uses electroless nickel.

There is a recent paper on the direct method that was given at EN 99 which goes over this process sequence.

George Shahin
George Shahin
Atotech - Rock Hill, South Carolina

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