Gold Plating and Imitation Gold Plating

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOLD PLATING & IMITATION GOLD PLATING

Gold plating color is a popular plating options for metal products. But the gold price is getting higher now, in order to solve this problem, here occur a new alternative plating options – Imitation gold plating. Wanna know what is the difference between gold plating and imitation gold plating? Here we go!

Gold Plating

Imitation Gold Plating

Material Real Gold Copper-Tin, Copper-Zinc
Advantage Better effect on Anti-Corrosion and Attrition, Color is similar to 24K gold color. Cost is cheaper (not use real gold)
Disadvantages Cost is higher The plating layer is easy to oxidize. Color is not stabilizing.  Plating color would not stay in same gold color,  color might changed after few hundred pieces plated.  The plating color is a little bit plastic looking.
Using For most standard quality orders. For big quantity and very lower price project.

Gold Plating

Material:Real Gold
Advantage:Better effect on Anti-Corrosion and Attrition,

Color is similar to 24K gold color.

Disadvantages :Cost is higher
Using:For most standard quality orders.

Imitation Gold Plating

Material:Copper-Tin, Copper-Zinc
Advantage:Copper-Tin, Copper-Zinccolor.
Disadvantages :The plating layer is easy to oxidize.
Color is not stabilizing.  Plating color would not stay in same gold color,  color might changed after few hundred pieces plated. 
The plating color is a little bit plastic looking.
Using:For big quantity and very lower price project.

Color Difference

Gold Plating and Imitation Gold Plating

Important Information

  • The plating procedure for gold plating and imitation gold plating is same, just plating material is different. We use gold plating for our product. We suggest imitation gold plating to our client only for big quantity project that request very low price.
  • The gold plating color depends on base material and plating time. Therefore, gold plating from different manufacture might be difference.

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