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Electroplated Finishes

For photo samples of the various finishes we offer please visit our Sample Finishes page.

Our larger than average tank sizes coupled with the knowledge and experience gained over the past 60 years has earned us a reputation for undertaking technically challenging electroplating projects.

''Will my item fit in your tanks''??

Good question!! Please see the list of base materials we are able to finish, and the lengths we can finish them in. These sizes apply to nickel, chrome and copper based finishes only. Please contact us for further information on brass and zinc based finishes.

Brass                        Up to 3 metres

Steel                         Up to 3 metres

Zinc                          Up to 1 metre

Aluminium                Up to 1 metre

Copper                      Up to 3 metres


Stainless Steel 
    
 
Although technically challenging, Electroplating stainless steel is possible.



Types of finish

The following are some of our more well known finishes. They can be applied to any of the base materials listed above. If you don't see the finish you are interested in listed here, please contact us to discuss your requirements.


Bright Nickel                 
Bright Nickel is a highly decorative finish with a slight yellow tint. It is used for bath fittings and light fittings and is first applied to items prior to chrome plating. (see below) Many pre 1940's cars were finished in nickel rather than chrome.

Semi Bright Nickel       
As its name suggests this finish is not as reflective as bright nickel. The bright work on many classic vehicles was orginally finished in semi bright nickel. It was then polished to achieve the reflectivity desired and on later cars followed up with chrome to prevent tarnishing. Semi bright nickel (also known as dull nickel) has better corrosion resistance properties than a standard bright nickel.

Matt Nickel                    
At the other end of the spectrum matt nickel gives little or no reflectivity. Sometimes known as ''pearl nickel'' it is a very attractive finish with many
applications including shopfittings, bathrooms, kitchens and lighting.

Chrome                        
Chrome is applied to a base coat of nickel to prevent the nickel from tarnishing. It is sometimes described as having a more ''blue silver'' look than nickel.

Satin Nickel/
Satin Chrome                

By manually applying a line to the nickel it is possible to achieve a satin or
''brushed'' effect. This can then be followed with chrome if preferred.


Bronze/Antique Finishes                           
We at Colonnade pride ourselves on being one of the most well know bronze
finishers in the UK. The list of different bronze effects that can be achieved
is
long and varied so please contact us to discuss your requirements. 


Gold                               
A very attractive finish used mainly for bathroom and bar/restaurant fittings.
Rather than applying a lacquer to prevent tarnishing, the gold solution is infused with nickel to achieve a hard deposit able to withstand regular cleaning. 

Pewter
An imitiation pewter finish that has gained popularity in recent years. It has a dark grey appearance with black streaks. The level of darkness can be altered to your specifications.

Shadow Chrome
A brand new addition to our range based on trivalent chrome technology. The deposit is darker than standard chrome though not completely black.


Please contact us if you require any more information on the finishes we offer.