At Ti-Clad, we offer tin plating as an add on to our stainless steel base. The two types of tin plating are dull and bright. There are very few distinctions between the two outside of the outward appearance. The only difference is that dull plating appears larger under a microscope, resulting in a duller appearance while bright plating has smaller deposits of tin, creating more light refraction and therefore appearing brighter.
We offer this on our steel plating as part of our commitment to providing our clients with the highest quality metals for their projects. Stainless steel has become a staple in creating modern architecture that is durable and that easily blends with its surroundings. It not only serves as an ideal material for roofs but also gutters, doors, and other accents. It is also a sustainable material that is long lasting, recyclable, and energy efficient. Perhaps one of the best known benefits of steel is its ability to take on a range of colors and finishes, one of which is of course tin plating.
Since we have already discussed how they are different, we can now look at the actual creation process. The substrate needs to be cleaned, removing any contaminants that might have a damaging effect on the forthcoming process. Techniques include grit blasting and boiling although they all finish with a good rinse. Then a sort of bath is prepared that contains the chemical treatment required to make the desired effect. Acid tin, a methyl sulphuric acid solution, or other liquid formula will fill the tank while a current runs, adhering the tin to the metal.
Bright and dull tin plating both have a sleek appearance once the product is finished. In comparison, dull plating is less likely to ‘whisker’ during the process and it performs better during soldering. In addition to tin plating, we have a wide range of metals including copper standing seam roof panels that can be used to bring your project to life. Our standing seam roofing options are also available.