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The difference between Vacuum Plating and Water Electroplating

Both vacuum plating and water electroplating are finish methods for rapid manufacturing. The water electroplating process is widely used. The requirements for equipment and the environment are not as strict as vacuum plating.


Water electroplating is the process of plating a thin layer of other metals or alloys on the surface of some metals using the principle of electrolysis and is the process of using electrolysis to attach a metal film to the surface of metal or other materials. 

Vacuum plating uses vacuum conditions to deposit various metallic and non-metallic films on the surface of the product by distillation or sputtering, etc.


The cost of vacuum plating is higher than that of water electroplating. To ensure the adhesion of vacuum plating, special spraying treatment is required subsequently. As vacuum plating is not covered by UV oil, its adhesion is very poor, and can not pass 100 bars TEST.


The color of water electroplating is simple. It is typically only possible to obtain chrome, matt chrome, black chrome, nickel, matt nickel, gold, gunmetal, etc. Vacuum plating, on the other hand, can achieve more surface treatment effects.

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