Difference between normal stainless-steel letters and electro platted letter

What are stainless steel letters?

Stainless steel has multiple names such as inox, corrosion-resistant steel (CRES), rustles still or simply known as SS as well. It is made from unalloyed high carbon steel.

It is one of the leading and most popular raw material used in signage fabrication because of the qualities, such as; it is very durable, corrosion resistant, low maintenance, recyclable (green material), higher quality and professional high-end finish for both manufacturers and customers.

It is a great material to make stainless steel 3D letters and logos as it can be bent, as well cut in straight shapes. Different techniques and machines are used to create the desired shape of the letters or alphabets.

How does fabrication of letters/ signage work?

The fabrication process can involve cutting, forming, trimming, welding, buffing and painting according to the requirements.

Painting can help to create an even smoother finishing, which involves different steps which involve:

  • Cleaning
  • Degreasing
  • Priming
  • Painting

To hang the signage/ letters brackets or hanging mounts might be installed if needed, whereas small signs can be installed by applying adhesive. Installation of LED lights is also a step-in fabrication process to have the letters illuminated from the front or back.

Where is SS signages used?

Brushed finished stainless is widely used in letters or signage manufacturing. SS being a very durable and environmentally friendly material stainless steel signs can be used in various indoor and outdoor signs.

  • Reception signs
  • Logos
  • Name plaques
  • Shop and Building names and numbers
  • Costal signs
  • Ships and boats
  • Hotels

Stainless steel signage can be supplied in two grades C304 and 316. The C304 is more economical and can be used in most of the outdoor or indoor signages, where the weather is not as extreme. If you are thinking to install any signs near the coastal area or ships/ boats alloy 316 is recommended as it provides more protection from corrosion and harsh elements of the sea.

How to clean and maintain stainless steel signs?

If not maintained regularly SS signs can show stains and dust. Some simple steps can help to maintain the shine and life of your signage.

  • Use washing soap or a mild detergent with some warm water
  • Used a microfiber cloth
  • Rinse with clean water
  • Use stainless steel polish if required

This simple yet effective process will ensure that you get a long-lasting signage, which will help you save money in future.

What is electroplating and how does it work?

Some might think electroplating is a new technology but it was first used at the beginning of 19th century and later it evolved into the process we use nowadays to fulfil the demand of modern times.

Electroplating is also called electrodeposition. Simply it is a process of plating one metal onto another metal by hydrolysis to prevent it from corrosion and to improve the aesthetic look and also to increase the thickness of that metal.

Both the anode (positive electrode) and cathode (negative electrode) are placed in the electrolyte liquid which consists of various metal salts. In the process anode is the metal which will form the plating. When electricity is passed through an even coating is formed on the cathode, giving the required results.

There are different metals that can be used in the electroplating but the common ones used are copper, gold, silver and zinc.

Where can be electroplating used?

As electroplating is mainly used to improve the look of the signage and it can be used across different industries like:

  • Signage industry
  • Jewelry
  • Automobiles
  • Appliances
  • Aero planes
  • Sanitary fittings

Furthermore, electroplating is not just used to improve the look of the metal used, it is also used for changing the surface of the metal, make it more durable against corrosion and facilitating conduction in the circuit board and to build thickness as well.

How to clean and maintain an electroplated signage?

Electroplated signs are easy to clean, you can gently wipe the surface with a damp cloth but refrain from using from using any harsh chemicals that can damage the layer on the signage. This will keep the electroplated sign in a good condition for a long time.