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Q. Is there a requirement or standard for something to be called silver plated? Would it depend on the thickness of microns? Your help is greatly appreciated.

John Luzzi
- Dunellen, New Jersey


A. The federal specification QQ-S-365 [link by ed. to spec at Defense Logistics Agency,] {Ed. note: this spec was cancelled in 2001, with a note that "Users may consult ASTM-B700"} states: "Unless otherwise specified the minimum plating thickness shall be 0.0005 inch on surfaces on which silver is functionally necessary (for example: appearance, wear, corrosion protection, conductivity).

When you say "called" silver plated do you mean advertised as silver plated? If that is your question you can refer to Code of Federal Regulations which does not require a specific thickness for something marked as silver plated but states that the plating be "...of substantial thickness" You will find the complete text in 16 CFR Ch. 1 paragraph 23.6 (page 141)

I hope this helps.

Neil Bell
Red Sky Plating

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thumbs up signThanks Neil - this is the information I was looking for!

John Luzzi
- Dunellen, New Jersey

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