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Expansion and cleanup[edit]

This article could use some expansion and cleanup. Half of the article is about a sub-type of a sub-type of plating. I think that the advantages and disadvantages should be summarized in a few sentences to trim that section down. The other sections just need expansion. I added the expert tag, as I think few editors have this kind of knowledge. -- Kjkolb 15:48, 1 January 2006 (UTC)

Need definition of substrate[edit]

This article needs a definition of what a substrate is. J. Finkelstein 05:07, 31 March 2006 (UTC)


This article says nothing about tinplate, or about galvanising (which is zinc coating). Peterkingiron 23:19, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

Electro Plating[edit]

This article needs to be renamed electroplating. [Anonymous]

I disagree. There is a need for an article providing an overview of plating as a whole. Electroplating is just one branch of the subject. It may be that the material on electroplating needs to become a separate article, to stand along side others on galvanising and tinplate. Peterkingiron 22:39, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

the article you wrote about the electroplating is very short and it does not provide all the necessary details that i was looking for. please try to widen the information given in this article because it is not helping. 09:53, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

I think you must have looed at the electroplating section in this article, not the main article on electroplating, which is probably about as long as it should be. However, I have also added links to other related subjects. Peterkingiron 15:36, 9 April 2007 (UTC

This is a cursory write up about plating.One would like to know the intricacies of tin or Zinc plating.Pretty kindergarten stuff

<poem> I would like to see pages named:

  • Plating (almost as disambiguation or index page), referring to electroplating, electroless plating, galvanizing, tinplate, redox reactions, etc.
  • Electroplating
  • Electroless plating
  • vacuum ion plating (acknowledged as a non-aqueous, non-redox, physical-vapor-deposition process)
  • others

True, the ionic metal content and behavior-modifying-additives are similar in both electro- and electroless, but adding the reducing agent to the plating solution is a big step and bears extra space to focus on it's implications. And there are so many distinct plating recipes, that expanding the tree they all hang upon will be helpful. In the long run, plating may come to mean metal-coating by any means, not just by redox methods. jimswen (talk) 02:21, 18 January 2011 (UTC) </poem>

Jim, there is an electroplating article. Also, this page is meant to be an index for all the plating processes. However, I think it is over-reaching to make this an index for all metal-coating methods; the article for that is coatings. Wizard191 (talk) 16:26, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

errata from chemist[edit]

Nickel-cobalt plating, like plated wire core memories from the fifties? Brass (alkaline copper zinc cyanide) plating far more common. Most printed circuit board shops did solder plating (ours was Lead Tin Flouborate). Shjacks45 06:30, 28 September 2007 (UTC)


Did copyediting on the first section.

I agree the article needs significant expansion. Since the topic is so vast, it might be well to have several articles, as well as links to more technical sources. This is one of those subjects which is hard to throttle, once one gets interested. If my experience is typical, then it would be a service to point readers where to go to find in-depth information.

Also, plating has been important for a long time: there needs to be more said about the development and previous practice. (talk) 04:50, 29 March 2008 (UTC)

Please add comments at the end (or use the + button). It helps the rest of us if you log in, so that the rest of us know who you are. This article is intended to be a brief overview of the whole subject. You will find more detail in some (at least) of the linked "main" articles. If these are also deficient and you know (or can find out) about the subject, please expand them. Most are not my subject so that I cannot. Peterkingiron (talk) 10:37, 29 March 2008 (UTC)

Cadmium toxicity[edit]

Cadmium toxicity isn't just an environmental issue, if you try to gas or arc weld something cad plated and breath just a tiny wiff of the vaporised cadmium oxide it's goodnght nurse. See

Not quite sure how to incorporate this into the article. Andrewa (talk) 18:40, 30 August 2009 (UTC)

The discussion of cadmium plating said it was being phased out due to its "toxicity and corrosivity issues." The cited reference only discussed the toxicity, and since "corrosivity" isn't one of cadmium's problems (I've worked on plenty of projects to try to find decent cad substitutes and "corrosivity" isn't a cited problem), I deleted the "and corrosivity." — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:06, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Setting up WikiProject Silverware?[edit]

Would anyone be interested in helping to set up a WikiProject Silverware? I'm interested in salvers, coffee pots, jugs, candlesticks, famous silversmiths, different styles, etc. Thanks. Girlwithgreeneyes (talk) 11:33, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

Link to Japanese Article[edit]

This page does not have a link to the Japanese equivalent めっき. Instead, the Gilding article in English links to it. I am neither an expert in the field of plating, nor am I an expert at wikipedia, however I understand that gilding refers specifically to the artistic sort of gold plating, whilst this page is more to do with commercial/manufacturing uses of plating.

I suggest that the link between the Japanese page and Gilding be changed so that it links here instead. Athomeinkobe (talk) 12:52, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

 I made the change mentioned above about a week after I posted my last message, but a bot reverted it.
 If other editors were to look at the Japanese page めっき they would see that the English 
 word "Plating" is in the very first line. So I intend to make this change again. Athomeinkobe (talk) 23:21, 11 October 2013 (UTC)