Electroless Nickel Plating

Electroless nickel plating provides a corrosive-resistant coating over metal, without the use of an electrical current. This process applies a uniform coating over the most complicated surfaces, ensuring consistent covering and protection.

K&L Plating uses an autocatalytic process to add nickel plating to aluminum, steel, stainless steel, copper, and brass. This plating reduces friction, increases wear-resistance, and increases solderability.

The K&L Plating Advantage

No matter the size of the order, K&L Plating produces reliable outcomes on every order, as all our films and coatings meet rigorous military and ASTM specifications.

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Nothing leaves our door before undergoing rigorous testing.

On-site Laboratory Testing
All of our quality assurance (QA) testing is done in-house in our qualified laboratory, conforming to ASTM and MIL-SPEC standards. This internal QA assures that you receive quality, consistent work from us every time. We’ll work quickly to deliver your job on schedule or earlier, and offer same-day quotes and expedited turnaround if you need it.

Benefits of Working With Us:

  1. Electroless nickel plating that meets your exact specifications
  2. Meets MIL-C-26074E specs (Class 1-4)
  3. Rigorous internal QA that meets ASTM and MIL-SPEC standards
  4. Fast quote and turnaround

Get a Quote for Nickel Plating

  • Same day or next day quote
  • Convenient pick up and delivery
  • Expedited service available

Why Choose Electroless Nickel Plating?

Electroless nickel plating enables complex structures to receive an even, consistent protective coating. This coating prevents corrosion, decreases wear, and limits the need for liquid lubricants. Customers in a variety of industries depend on electroless nickel plating to protect their mission-critical components.


Common Applications

  • Aerospace: flight-critical components
  • Oil and Gas: valves, pumps, underwater & underground applications
  • Railroad: engine shafts & lining tanks
  • Heavy Equipment: engine components
  • Automotive: pistons, cylinders, gears, moving parts

The Electrless Nickel Plating Process

The first step in our electroless nickel plating process is a pretreatment pickling, which cleans impurities from the metal’s surface. We then put the material through an activation process, which prepares the substrate for the nickel deposit. Next, we apply the nickel, using a reducing agent to ensure a reaction. If necessary, heat treatment is used to harden the nickel deposit. Heat is also used to bake the substrate for hydrogen embrittlement relief. This process aligns with MIL-C-26074E, AMS-2404F, and ASTM B733 specifications, and is compliant with RoHS, WEEE, and ELV guidelines.


All of our plating and coating processes can conform to RoHS standards for environmentally-safer chemicals. If your application requires RoHS or any additional compliance standards in your industry, let us know and we can adjust our process to meet your needs.

Electroless nickel plating works on:

  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Copper
  • Brass


  • Plating without electrical current
  • Uniform coating
  • Reduced friction
  • Wear resistance

  • MIL-C-26074E
  • AMS-2404F
  • ASTM B733

Types of Treatment

  • Class 1 (Plated, no heat treatment)
  • Class 2 (Heat treated)
  • Class 3 (Strengthening non-heat-treatable alloys)
  • Class 4 (Strengthening heat-treatable metals)


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Plating Processes

We’re a full-service plating company and our work conforms to ISO standards. Plating services include:

  • Anodize
  • Blasting
  • Phosphating
  • Passivate
  • Zinc plating
  • Baking
  • Electroless nickel
  • Chemical films
  • Solid Film Lubrication
and more…


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