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Yorkshire DanYorkshire Dan Posts: 2
edited February 2011 in Commuting chat
Does anyone know where I can get my bike frames nickel plated in the UK? I have heard it makes it scratch and corrosion resistant, is that right? I can’t seem to find anywhere on the internet!!!

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  • SimonAHSimonAH Posts: 3,730
    I'm afraid that I don't think any dip plater is going to want to touch a refurbished bike frame because of the gunk inside the tubes mucking up his tanks.

    I can point you in the direction of someone who could coat your frame in tungsten carbide if you want a REALLY scratch resistant finish though!
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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 22,339
    Try these guys

    http://www.eicgroup.co.uk/index.php?lang=eng&page=processes&gclid=COXDkIaL3aYCFYpO4Qod4xbv0g

    But I have a suspicion that it will be astronomically expensive.
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  • crankycrankcrankycrank Posts: 1,830
    Try Bob Jackson in Leeds. Some frames don't handle nickel well though. It can make the metal brittle for certain types of tubing. A good plater can advise you on that one. It does provide a durable but not completely scratchproof finish but is also very expensive. I think a good powdercoat or quality paintjob would be a better choice as they are much less expensive and still fairly durable.
  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,821
    There is a shop just off Brick Lane (but not Brick Lane Bikes, which isn't on Brick Lane anyway) that caters to the really well off "Daddy owns half of Scotland" hipsters, which sell a copper plated fixie (only £2000 to you, sir).
    Maybe contact them to ask who plates their frames. If you can't find them I have their address at home.
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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 22,339
    A copper plated bike? You know that school science experiment where you wrap some copper wire around a steel nail...
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  • il_principeil_principe Posts: 9,151
    Sounds like a total waste of money. Why not just keep the bike indoors and clean it after wet winter rides?
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  • Jay dubbleUJay dubbleU Posts: 3,159
    Should go an interesting green colour after a few rides!

    Probably not a good idea to ride in thunderstorms
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 20,035
    Sounds like a total waste of money. Why not just keep the bike indoors and clean it after wet winter rides?

    Stop being practical and grown up, jeez is this what happens when you get all "MARRIED"

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  • jimmypippajimmypippa Posts: 1,712
    Should go an interesting green colour after a few rides!

    Probably not a good idea to ride in thunderstorms

    It's better* than that Sacrificial corrosion means that the copper would make the steeel corrode quicker.
    Zinc plating would work OK...


    *worse
  • Russell Labs in Kingsnorth, Kent
    Talk to Bob WIlliams, a genuine authority on electro and electroless plating. Be prepared because he will potentially grill you (in the most non-judgmental fashion) on every technical aspect of your substrate and your expectations, but you will soon know whether it's worth trying or not.
    And what's more you'll have had the pleasure of talking to a proper gent.
    Good luck!
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  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,821
    The copper plated bike is mounted on a wall and you can clearly see every fingerprint on it. The older fingerprints have changed colour quite significantly and the bike is fading from the bright copper colour to what I shall call "pub urinal pipe" brown.

    Really an idea for people with more money than sense.
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  • Jay dubbleUJay dubbleU Posts: 3,159
    EKE_38BPM wrote:
    The copper plated bike is mounted on a wall and you can clearly see every fingerprint on it. The older fingerprints have changed colour quite significantly and the bike is fading from the bright copper colour to what I shall call "pub urinal pipe" brown.

    Really an idea for people with more money than sense.

    Presumable having had the bike plated it would the have to be clear laquered to prevent the pub urinal effect
  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,821
    Nope. No laquer. I guess a bit of Brasso once in a while to keep it shiny.
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  • I got my bike frame nickel plated at NiTEC who are based in Chesterfield.
    I decided on nickel rather than chrome as it is harder wearing and I saw comments from some people who had their frame coated in chrome and it wore relatively quickly. It only took 5 days and the finish looks really good and most importantly it isn’t even worn yet despite me using it every weekend in the typical mountain biking conditions! My frame is aluminium, but I remember the guy saying they did steel frames too.

    Their website is: http://www.nitec-enp.co.uk

    Hope this helps!
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 22,339
    I got my bike frame nickel plated at NiTEC who are based in Chesterfield.
    I decided on nickel rather than chrome as it is harder wearing and I saw comments from some people who had their frame coated in chrome and it wore relatively quickly. It only took 5 days and the finish looks really good and most importantly it isn’t even worn yet despite me using it every weekend in the typical mountain biking conditions! My frame is aluminium, but I remember the guy saying they did steel frames too.

    Their website is: http://www.nitec-enp.co.uk

    Hope this helps!

    Actually, now I think about it, when we researched nickel plating some aluminium cladding panels for one of our projects, Nitec came up, and I seem to remember they were quite helpful, despite us deciding that nickel plating wasn't what we needed.
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