Black Trivalent Zinc Plating & Hexavalent Coatings
Metrics and Specifications
Shiny, Uniform | Dark Black
Lustrous, Dark | Non Iridescent Black
Min 120hrs to White Corrosion
Min 96hrs to White Corrosion
Excellent abrasion resistance
Self-Healing for Scratches
Rack and Barrel
metrics and specifications
trivalent black Zinc Plating
Appearance: Shiny, Uniform | Dark Black
Corrosion Protection: Min 120hrs to White Corrosion
Durability: Excellent Abrasion Resistance
RoHS Compliant: Yes
Line Availability: Rack and Barrel
hexavalent black Zinc Plating
Appearance: Lustrous, Dark | Non Iridescent Black
Corrosion Protection: Min 96hrs to White Corrosion
Durability: Self-Healing for Scratches
RoHS Compliant: No
Line Availability: Barrel Only
Great Lakes Metal Finishing, Inc offers both trivalent black zinc plating and hexavalent black chromate as two of our many options for zinc plating. We offer these electroplating options in both rack plating and barrel plating processes. Our hexavalent black, however, is available only in the barrel plating process. While this chromate conversion coating is still prevalent, the zinc plating industry has seen a rise in the need for trivalent black, as it is RoHS Compliant and more environmentally friendly.
GLMF’s zinc electroplating with trivalent black and hexavalent black chromate results in a dark, consistent black finish over the entire part. With our automated zinc electroplating lines and on-site lab, we are able to give dependable results from the first part processed to the last piece off the line.
Zinc plating is often used to protect the underlying metal from corrosion. In addition to the zinc electroplating process being applied to a part, there is usually an additional chromate or passivate that is applied on top of the zinc for added corrosion protection and a more aesthetic appearance. As stated above, our rack zinc plating with trivalent black and topcoat will receive a minimum of 120 hours to white corrosion. Our barrel zinc plating and hexavalent black will receive a minimum of 96 hours to white corrosion.
How do we meet customer’s expectations?
Great Lakes Metal Finishing, Inc strives to give our customers exactly what their parts need and even exceed their expectations. The majority of the work performed at GLMF is plated to a customer’s individual zinc or zinc nickel plating specifications. No matter the plating thickness, bake cycle, chromate, or salt spray requirement, GLMF will deliver exactly what is required to meet the specification callout. If you do not know what is needed for your part, we will collaborate with you to find the appropriate zinc nickel or zinc electroplating that is necessary.
How do we ensure Metal plating specifications are met?
GLMF performs on-site daily testing of our cleaners, acids, plating tanks, passivates, and chromates to ensure they are all in compliance with ideal operating parameters. To ensure your parts are getting the proper plating deposit for every job, our operators complete online thickness checks using one of our x-ray machines. In addition to online checks, all parts pass through our quality department for a final inspection of appearance and thickness. This final step helps to ensure proper plating specifications were met.
Find Your Industry:
Our automated rack and barrel line capabilities, combined with our proprietary chemistry, make our black trivalent passivate and hexavalent chromate conversion coating optimal for industries including, but not limited to:
- Heavy Machines
- Other transportation
- Metal Fabrication
- Outdoor Equipment
How long does it take to turnaround parts?
Generally, Great Lakes Metal Finishing can turn your parts around in 48–72 hours. If a bake or multiple bakes are required, we will need approximately 72–96 hours to have your parts ready.