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Nickel Plating as an Alternative to Chrome Plating for Classic Car Restoration

Chrome plating is often used in the restoration of classic cars. There are many forums online that talk about the use of chrome plating to restore old vehicles, but if you read carefully, it does have its pitfalls.

Chrome plating is a highly labour intensive and very expensive method of plating a classic car. If you go for an especially cheap price for the service, it most certainly will not last. It’s vital to have other layers under the chrome plating, such as nickel, as this protects the steel below the chrome from corrosion. The shiny layer of chromium is porous and, without a waterproof layer between it and the steel, it will only last a matter of months.

Electroless Nickel Plating

Quality nickel plating can really make a classic car restoration project and it is a great alternative to chrome plating. Most brightwork on cars before the 1930s was nickel plated, as opposed to chromium plated.

The process of electroless nickel plating is much cheaper and easier than chrome plating. Good chrome platers would usually apply a layer of nickel under the chrome anyway, so it’s just as effective but only half the work. The car needs to stay in the nickel vat longer than it would if chrome plating was to be applied on top as it needs to be thick enough to last polishing for years to come!

Metal Plating for Classic Car and Motorcycle Parts

Here at us, we offer a reliable nickel plating service for all classic and vintage car and motorcycle parts. Nickel plating is very hard wearing and offers fantastic corrosion protection. To find out more about nickel plating services for your classic car restoration project, call us , email us at  or visit the contact page on our website to make an enquiry.

5 Reasons to Use Nickel Boron Plating as an Alternative to Chrome Plating


Nickel boron plating is a great alternative to chrome plating for a variety of reasons. As experts in the process of electroless nickel boron plating, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 reasons to use nickel boron instead of chrome plating.

1. Can be Applied to a Variety of Metals

Nickel boron coating can be applied to a variety of metals including steel, aluminium, stainless steel and nickel alloys, copper alloys cobalt alloys and titanium.

2. Nickel Boron is Resistant to Fretting and Galling

One of the biggest advantages of nickel boron is its superior resistance to fretting and galling. Galling is a form of wear that is caused by the adhesion between two sliding surfaces, and fretting refers to wear and corrosion damage at the asperities of contact surfaces.

3. No Electric Current Required

The process of electroless nickel boron plating does not need an electrical current; therefore the coating deposition rates are fully controllable and produce incredibly accurate and consistent tolerances. So even on sharp corners, edges, flat surfaces, as well as blind holes, threads, channels, recesses and internal areas of all shapes and sizes, the result is exactly the same.

4. No Need for Post Plate Grinding

Nickel boron coatings mirror the surface profile of the substrate, therefore little or no post-plate grinding or burnishing is needed.

5. Nodular Surface Structure

The surface of nickel boron is typically nodular; therefore the structure allows it to dissipate heat efficiently due to the greater surface area. The nodular structure of nickel boron also reduces drag in aerodynamics and fluids when applied to components such as ship propellers, down-hole crude oil pumping equipment, bushings, thrust washers,  automotive and truck transmissions, guide plates for paper handling equipment and greaseless guns.

UK Nickel Boron Plating Specialists

To find out more about our nickel boron plating service as well as a range of our other metal plating and metal finishing services, call us or email .