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Mueller Corp: How to Metallize Plastics

For mechanical and aesthetic purposes, plastic parts can be coated with metal which is called metallization. When a plastic component is coated with metal, it increases its reflectivity and gloss. Through metallization, plastic parts attain the characteristics which are not naturally present in plastics like electrical conductivity and resistance to abrasion. Although not in all situations, plastic components which are metallized are used in similar applications where metal parts are usually used with lower weight. Vacuum metallization, flame, and arc spraying or plating are the methods used in metalizing plastic parts. It is possible for a transfer film to undergo metallization and be used as an alternative method in applying the film to the substrate’s surface. Whatever industry you are in right now, Mueller Corp is your number one source of plastic metalized components.

When it comes to the process of vacuum metallization, washing and coating of the plastic component is done first so that the metal layer is smooth and uniform. The next step involves the evaporation of metal, like aluminum, in a vacuum chamber using a vacuum chamber and the vapor is condensed into the substrate’s surface, leaving a thin layer of metal coating. All these processes happen inside the vacuum chamber. Based on the application of the plastic component, a top coat is usually applied after the deposition process to increase abrasion resistance and other metal properties. Plastic components that are metabolized are usually used in different applications most especially automotive interior parts and home appliances.

Metallic coating is sprayed using a hand-held device, when it comes to arc and flame spraying. In flame spraying, metallic powder is heated and then melted using combustion flame in accelerating the mixture and the spray is released. Because of easy application, arc and flame spraying require extensive training, that’s why this method is used when working with complex components and unnaturally shaped parts. Electroplating uses electric current whereas electric current is not used in electroless plating. With the use of electroless plating, copper or nickel can be deposited into plastic components.

Mueller Corporation is an expert in vacuum metalizing and other methods used in metalizing plastics, so if your factory or company needs a manufacturer of metalized plastics, we are here to be of help. Find out more about Mueller Group, come and visit our homepage or website today! It is easy for Mueller Group to customize the metal or metallized plastic component you need, all you have to do is to state your requirements and design. Mueller Group can meet your needs and expectations using their state of the art equipment. Learn more about vacuum metalizing and other Mueller Corp products and services through our related articles.

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