Widely used in the oil and gas and petrochemical industries for its lubricity and anti-galling properties, copper plating can minimize costs and increase efficiency by reducing galling of high alloy threaded parts. Copper electroplating is used as a strike layer, providing a base coat for additional plating as well as selective masking prior to heat treating. Other advantages of copper electroplating include excellent electrical conductivity and solderability. Below is the most common specification for copper plating.
Class 0 – 0.00100-0.00500 inch thick
Class 1 – 0.00100 inch thick (min.)
Class 2 – 0.00050 inch thick (min.)
Class 3 – 0.00020 inch thick (min.)
Class 4 – 0.00010 inch thick (min.)