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Electroless Nickel

Written by Jill Morrison
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Electroless nickel is a material used in plating that does not have an electrical current. For the nickel to be electroless, a special chemical reducing solution must be used to reduce nickel ions. This plating material has the ability to enhance the life of any type of component.

Qualities of Electroless Nickel

Electroless nickel has excellent corrosion resistance and high hardness. Therefore, in electroless plating, nickel deposits are uniform in thickness. This is a desirable feature when plating objects with an irregular shape because excess build-up at edges or corners will not occur.

There are many advantages to using electroless nickel plating. First of all, it provides superior barrier corrosion protection because deposits are less porous. The plated surface is ideal for working with oils.

Electrolytic nickel plating is helpful in protecting components. Electroless plating will considerably enhance the life of components that are exposed to extreme conditions. Nickel that is electroless also has inherent lubricity, unlike nickel that is electrolytic.

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