Plating on Plastics
Plating on Plastics is the term used for the method of depositing metals onto non-conductive plastic components by means of electroplating. This process is achieved by first etching the plastic surface to produce a rough topography which will produce a strong bond with the deposited metals.
The etched surface is then treated with a metal activator which provides a seed for the deposition of a thin layer of nickel or copper from an electroless plating solution. Once the nickel or copper deposit has been applied, the component is now conductive and can be processed by conventional electroplating techniques.