Copper plating is a process where copper coatings are deposited onto a metal surface. In addition, copper has a reddish orange appearance and is naturally soft and malleable in a temperate climate. The metal finishing industry, copper plating is a popular choice among commercial coatings. In fact, after nickel, copper is the second most used finishing in the metal plating industry.
Copper is a good electrical conductor. It therefore offers excellent electrical conductivity to electrical components. As a result, in the electrical and electronics industries conductivity is key.
Because copper is a soft metal, it is an advantageous metal to use for metal objects that need some slight flexibility. Properly plating the copper will not separate and maintains good adhesion, even under conditions where the metal bends.
Plating copper on to steel parts using an electrical current, in addition using three different types of chemical baths, (1) Alkaline, (2) Acid, and (3) Mild alkaline reinforce the copper to the steel.