Nickel Plating

General Details and Specification of nickel plated finishes

There is a nickel finish for almost any need, Nickel can be deposited soft or hard, dull or bright, depending on process used and conditions employed in plating. Hardness can range from I SO-SOO Vickers. Can be similar to stainless steel in color, or can be a dull gray or light gray (almost white) color. Corrosion resistance is a function of thickness. Has a low coefficient of thermal expansion-is magnetic. All steel parts having a hardness of Rc-40 or greater require a post bake at 375 + 25 F for 3 hours.

Bright Nickel is great for fasteners and finish, Hand tools, & Household lighting and plumbing fixtures

Benefits of nickel plating

  • The bright Nickel offers a decorative finish
  • Wear resistant
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Good diffusion barrier
  • Magnetic
  • Suitable for either Rack or Barrel plating


Specs Thickness Comments
QQ-N-290A NOTE: All steel parts having a tensile strength of 220,000 or greater shall not be nickel plated without specific approval of procuring agency..
Class I   For corrosion protection. With typical 0.0002" copper undercoating prior to the nickel plate..
Class II   For engineering applications.
Grade A 0.0016" min.
Grade B 0.0012" min.
Grade C 0.0010" min.
Grade D 0.0008" min.
Grade E 0.0006" min.
Grade F 0.0004" min.
Grade G 0.0002" min.