In addition to an extensive portfolio of corrosion-resistant and wear-resistant coatings, KC Jones offers a line of specialty platings and value-added chemical processes.

Copper Plating

Copper plating has benefits in a wide range of engineering applications. It is used as underplating to enhance the adhesion and electrical properties of deposits. Copper plating can also be used to improve the thermal and electrical conductivity of metal substrates.

Order traditional alkaline cyanide copper plating or non-cyanide alkaline copper plating from KC Jones Plating.

Copper plating conforms to MIL-C-14550 and ASTM B734.

Sulfamate Nickel

Sulfamate nickel produces an extremely ductile, low-stress nickel deposit. It is used in joining applications, such as soldering, brazing, epoxy bonding and welding. Flexing and crimping also make use of sulfamate nickel.

Order 99.9%, low stress, high purity, sulfamate nickel from KC Jones today.

Conforms to material standards MIL-P-27218 and AMS 2424.


Tin Plating

Tin plating is extremely corrosion resistant. It is highly conductive and easy to solder, making it ideal for use in electronics. Also steel components such as nuts, washers, weld studs, and brake & clutch components are often plated with tin for corrosion protection.

Matte (solderable) and bright tin finishes are optionally available. Matte tin distributes electrical currents best, especially when in contact with other matte tin surfaces. Bright tin has more luster and is used in electrical contact applications: bus bars, terminals and switching components that do not require soldering.

Order bright or matte tin plating from KC Jones Plating. Conforms to MIL-T-10727, ASTM B545 and AMS 2408.



Stainless Steel Passivation

Stainless Steel Passivation

Foreign particles in stainless steel appear as rust or staining.

Passivation drastically improves the condition of stainless steel when iron and other foreign particles are embedded in its surface.

Contamination can occur during processes like forming, machining, tumbling or lapping. Passivation removes metal contaminants and improves corrosion resistance.

KC Jones stainless steel conforms to the following standards:

  • ASTM A380-96 is the standard for the cleaning, descaling, and passivation of stainless steel parts, equipment, and systems
  • QQ-P-35C is the Federal standard for passivation
  • ASTM A967 is the standard specification for chemical passivation treatments for stainless steel parts

Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy Chromate Conversion Coatings

(also known as Chemical Film Coatings and Iridite)

Chromate conversion coatings are used primarily as a paint base and in applications where electrical conductivity is needed. They are non-porous and give corrosion protection to unpainted parts. Chromate conversion coatings are generally used on tanks, tubing, and other components that require paint on exterior surfaces but not on interior surfaces.

Chemical conversion coatings are economical, and are formed through a reaction between the aluminum surface (or aluminum alloy) and chemical conversion materials. This produces a super thin coating (a film) on the metal substrate, with a thickness between .00001″ to .00003″.

Chromate conversion coatings are economical and are used as a base in paint and adhesive applications, to provide superior bonding. They are highly conductive and available in yellow or clear iridescent.

KC Jones chromate conversion coatings conform to: MIL-C-5541, AMS 2473 & AMS 2474.


Electropolishing smoothes and streamlines metal at the microscopic level to produce a surface that is smooth, attractive and reflective. It is a process that removes metal objects from the surface of parts via an electrical current, running through a liquid solution. It is the reverse of electroplating and it is ideal for 304, 316, and the 400 series stainless steel.

KC Jones electropolishing conforms to: ASTM B 912


Color Identification Dye

Organic dyes are used in metal finishing for identification and color-coding. In this process, dye is absorbed into a thin, gelatinous chromate film, which produces color on freshly plated zinc.

Bright Dipping

Bright dipping is a chemical, electro-brightening treatment that removes oxidation from aluminum, copper and copper alloys to produce a bright, high luster finish.


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