What is Copper Plating?

To copper plate an item, a layer of copper is deposited using an electric current. Copper plating was traditionally used for electroforming and decorative purposes. However, copper is also an excellent conductor. This means that copper plating can be used for EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) and RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) shielding purposes.

The deposit from copper plating is very bright and has excellent levelling properties. One typical application for copper plating is for large aerials fitted under railway carriages.In addition, copper plate naturally kills bacteria, therefore, copper plating is frequently used to plate laboratory and medical equipment.

Bright copper plating can also be used decoratively as well as for functional purposes. Copper plating gives a highly polished copper-pink appearance.

As specialists in copper plating, NiTEC also have a range of lacquers available for copper plating solutions. These are great as they prevent tarnishing of the copper plating if it is intended for a decorative purpose.


If you feel the copper plating process is not for you, NiTEC are also specialists in the electroless nickel plating process, diffused nickel plating finishes and high-quality shotblasting & heat treatment.