Yes and No. Yes because the raw material we used are 100% pure 24k gold. No, because compared to gold-plated parts and accessories, our emblems/logos plating is still much cheaper than buying a set of gold-plated emblems/logos.
2.How long will the 24kt gold plating last?
We provide 2 years to limited lifetime warranty depending to the thickness of the plating done. ElectroGold™ plating will not flake, peel or tarnish. You can safely go into a car wash but like your car paintwork proper care and maintenance of the gold is needed. With proper care, it will last the lifetime of the work piece that has been plated.
3.What objects can be plated?
Almost all metallic conductive surfaces can be plated. In the case of car logos/ emblems almost all are made of plastic treated with an underlying nickel coat and plated with chromium (chrome). Our process electrochemically strips off the chromium and then 24kt gold plate on the nickel. Gold does not adhere well to chromium but can molecularly bonds to nickel base. Note - There are some aluminum-based logos /emblems, which we prefer not to plate.
4.What type of process do you use?
ElectroGold™ utilizes state of the art system based on the same principle of traditional "dip tank" electro-plating process. The only difference is the variation in the way the process is being delivered. Our US patent pending mobile 24kt gold plating system uses an anode dipped into a concentrated 24kt gold-plating solution (electrolyte) and the work piece is attached to a cathode to form a close electrical circuit. Gold is electro-chemically bonded on the item.
5.How thick can you plate or what is the thickness of your plating process?
Our process can plate up to 18 microns, although more common between 1 to 10 microns. Typically, in jewellery application, the quoted thickness ranges from .5-8 micron. The thickness of the 24kt gold depends on the number of passes or rubs we go over the work piece. ElectroGold™ uses a True Regulated Current (TRC) and MIL-spec 24K Gold electrolyte that delivers high quality and high durability to the plated item.
6.Why do aluminium products not plate properly?
Aluminum forms an oxide layer the moment it is exposed to air thus making it hard to plate. In most cases, an additional process (cladding involving high temperature) is needed to treat the aluminum before you can plate it. At this moment, we are not familiar with such processes so we prefer to stick to what we are competent in and offer our customers a proven high quality 24kt gold plate.
7.How durable and reliable is ElectroGold™ technique compare to traditional "dip tank" technique?
Gold adhesion using ElectroGold™ technique is equal to, if not better than traditional "dip tank" technique. It is molecularly bonded to the surface and requires no cure time. The plating process utilized has passed some of the stringent criteria for military applications (MIL-spec) in the USA.
8.Will the gold fade?
No, gold does not oxidize or fade. However, if the gold is deposited too thinly, there will be porosity in the gold, which exposes the underlying nickel. As the nickel corrodes and undermines the gold, thousands of small pits will develop on the gold finish, which gives the appearance of fading gold. Another reason for "fading" is due to wear and tear whereby the surface of the gold is no longer as thick or smooth (see understanding reflection).
9.What is the quality of the gold finish?
The quality is at least equal to conventional "dip tank" plating of pure 24kt gold. The hardness, corrosion resistance and brightness is also equal to tank plated gold. The hardness rating for our gold plate is 150 -200 knoops.
10.Can the ElectroGold™ system plate any other metal besides gold?
Yes, ElectroGold™ systems can plate copper, nickel, brass, silver and chrome besides plating gold. However, do note that we currently prefer to specialize only in pure 24K gold plating.
11.Are there any size restrictions to the item that is to be gold-plated?
There are no limitations to the size of the work piece. As long as we can accommodate the physical size of the work piece, we can gold plate them. The ElectroGold™ system automatically adjusts to the required setting of the work piece size.
12.How can the process be performed right on the car without harming the car paintwork?
The ElectroGold™ water based solutions has been specially formulated not to harm automotive paint. The solutions only react to conductive surfaces. The paint of the car is non-conductive and therefore is unaffected by the plating process.
13.How can emblems or grills on a car be electroplated when they are made of plastic?
Most items on the car are manufactured with a plastic base. It is then usually nickel plated and chromed at the factory. In order to gold plate it, we strip off the chrome and reveal the conductive nickel based part. Nickel forms an excellent base for gold adhesion.
14.How long does it take to gold plate a car emblem?
The average car's emblems can be gold-plated in about 15-30 minutes. However, the plating time will depend on the make of car, the number of emblems or parts, and the work piece size to be plated.
15.What objects can be plated?
Almost all metallic conductive surfaces can be plated. In the case of car logos /emblems almost all are made of ABS plastic treated with an underlying nickel coat and plated with chromium (chrome). Our process electrochemically strips off the chromium, plate a new underlying nickel coat and then 24kt gold plate on the nickel. Gold adheres very well to nickel base.