(1)Custom enamel pin plating
Common plating processes for enamel pins include gold plating, imitation gold plating, silver plating, nickel plating, and bronze plating etc. Here is a brief introduction to these kinds of badge plating processes.
1: gold plating
Real gold plating is real gold plating on the surface. Electroplating can be divided into 18K gold, 20K gold, and 24K real gold plating. Among them, 18K and 24K are more commonly used. The surface treatment can be made into bright gold and (high gloss) and matt gold (pearl gold) effects. Real gold plating has bright color, strong metallic feeling, not easy to be oxidized, long color retention time, and looks noble like real gold. However, nickel plating is required before gold plating, which adds more processes and is expensive. The material makes the cost of real gold plating much higher than imitation gold plating. If you are more concerned about the cost, you can choose imitation gold plating.
2: imitation gold plating
Imitation gold plating is not real gold but is similar to real gold. The commonly used imitation gold layer is mostly based on brass plating solution. The color of imitation gold is mostly 18K. This is a copper-zinc binary alloy. Most consumers compare it. Like this color, it is most common in imitation gold plating. Some add a third metal element to change the color tone of the appearance. The imitation gold coating is mostly alloy coating, that is, copper-zinc alloy, and the third metal element added is mostly tin. The imitation gold-plated surface treatment can also be made into bright gold and (high gloss) and matt gold (pearl gold) effects. The color of imitation gold is similar to real gold. The pleasing golden appearance often makes people feel magnificent. This imitation gold-plating process is used in many fields. It not only improves the appreciation of the product, but also greatly improves the product. The most important point of commodity value is to greatly reduce the cost of badge production in the electroplating process.
3: silver plating
Silver plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of silver on metal or non-metal through the principle of electrolysis. The silver plating process has been rarely used, which is mainly determined by the nature of silver, because the chemical properties of silver are relatively active, and it is easy to be oxidized and turn gray and black, losing its original bright silver effect. The color of nickel plating is basically the same as that of silver plating, and nickel has the characteristics of relatively stable chemical properties, so nickel-plated badges have gradually replaced the silver-plating process, but many European countries require nickel-free, so nickel-plating uses chrome or more Galvanized.
4: nickel plating
Nickel plating is a common electroplating process in badge making. Nickel plating is a method of depositing a layer of nickel on metal or non-metal by electrolysis or chemical methods. Nickel plating is divided into electroplating nickel and electroless nickel plating. Different methods of electroplating nickel can be used for badge production. Generally, silver badges are mostly nickel-plated, and silver-plated seldom. Because the effect of nickel plating is very close to that of silver plating, the industry generally refers to nickel plating as silver plating. The appearance of nickel-plated badges is very similar to that of silver-plated badges, both of which are shiny silver. However, the characteristics of nickel are relatively stable, and the color can be relatively stable after electroplating, while the properties of silver are more active than nickel, and it is easy to oxidize and turn gray and black. There are many nickel-plated materials for badges. Copper, zinc alloy, iron, etc. can all be nickel-plated to make metal badges with various surface effects.
5: copper plating
Badge copper plating is to use the principle of electrolysis to plate a thin layer of copper on the metal surface. During electroplating, the plated metal serves as an anode and is oxidized into cations to enter the electroplating solution, and the metal product to be plated serves as a cathode. The cations of the plated metal are reduced on the metal surface to form a plating layer. In order to eliminate the interference of other cations and make the coating uniform and firm, it is necessary to use a solution containing the coating metal cations as the electroplating solution to keep the concentration of the coating metal cations unchanged. Copper plating can make the copper into bronze and other colors, increasing the corrosion resistance of the surface of the badge and the ornamental effect of the surface effect.
We can custom enamel pin plating as clients’ option, such as 24k Gold/Silver/Copper/Rose Gold/Rainbow/Dye black/ Antique plating/Dual plating etc.
(2) Custom enamel pin color
In badge production, most badges need to be colored, and the color requirements are very high. The quality of the color configuration is extremely important to the aesthetics of the badge. The badge factory usually has one or two colorists, who call out the corresponding colors based on the badge design artwork.
The badge design uses PMS color values, but many customers themselves use CMYK color values in their design drawings, which increases the workload of colorists. They need to convert CMYK color values into PMS color values. Then mix the color of the paint or the color of the imitation enamel material.
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