Mueller Corp: How to Metallize Plastics

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For mechanical and aesthetic purposes, plastic parts can be coated with metal which is called metallization. Plastic parts which are coated with metal feature reflectivity and gloss. Through the process of metallization, plastic components achieve the properties of electrical conductivity and abrasion resistance. Metallized plastic parts are inexpensive to manufacture and they can use in similar applications where metal parts are usually used but with they weigh less. Vacuum metallization, flame, and arc spraying or plating are the methods used in metalizing plastic parts. It is possible for a transfer film to undergo metallization and be used as an alternative method in applying the film to the substrate’s surface. Mueller Corp is the number one source of metalized plastic components regardless of industry you are engaged with.

In terms of the process of vacuum metallization, there is washing and coating of the plastic component first with a base coat so that the metal layer will be uniform and smooth. The aluminum or metal is evaporated in a vacuum chamber and the vapor is condensed into the substrate’s surface that leaves a thin layer of metal coating. It is called the physical vapor deposition, and the entire process happens within the vacuum chamber. In order to increase properties such as abrasion resistance, a top coat can be applied after deposition based on the application of the plastic component. Through vacuum metallizing, plastic components are converted into great automotive parts, component of electronic gadgets, toys, and appliances, and many other applications. Watch this video at and know more about painting.

Metallic coating is sprayed using a hand-held device, when it comes to arc and flame spraying. In flame spraying, metallic powder is heated and then melted using combustion flame in accelerating the mixture and the spray is released. Because of easy application, arc and flame spraying require extensive training, that’s why this method is used when working with complex components and unnaturally shaped parts. When it comes to electroless plating or electroplating, electric current is not used in electroless plating while it is used for electroplating. Electroless plating is used in depositing copper or nickel metal into plastic substrates. Learn More here!

Mueller Corp is your best buddy when it comes to your needs in plastic metalizing, catering to different industries. Find out more about Mueller Group, come and visit our homepage or website today! Mueller Corp is an expert in metallizing plastic components for any application, and you can just provide the design you like. With the use of state of the art equipment and techniques, Mueller Group can help you in meeting your needs and expectations. We have related articles on this website, feel free to check more about vacuum metalizing and other products and services of Mueller Corp now!

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