Barrel Plating Process

- Jan 13, 2021-

The barrel plating process involves placing the items in a barrel-shaped cage that is manufactured from non-conductive material. Then the cage is submerged into a tank containing the appropriate chemical solution, while a slow tumbling action is used to commence the plating action. A key factor in the barrel plating process is that the individual pieces establish a bipolar contact with one another, which results in greater plating efficiency. However, it’s important to note that because of the heavy amount of surface contact the pieces have with each other, barrel plating is generally not recommended when engineering or ornamental finishes are required.