F.H.Lambert Limited 50 Years (1963-2013)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find the answers to some frequently asked questions. If you don't find the answer to your question, please don't hesitate to contact us.

(* Most Common FAQ)

About Electroplating
What is Electroplating?
What surfaces can you Electroplate onto? *
How Large an Object can you Electroplate? *

Different Colour Finishes
Can you Match any Colour?
What Colours do you do? *

Items for Electroplating
Typcially, what items do you plate? *

Charges
How much does it cost to plate an item? *
What are the Minimum Order Charges?
Do you offer Quotations free of charge?
What methods of payment do you prefer?

Surface Treatment
My item is worn/ old and in need of repairing prior to it being plated, can you do this? *
Will the electroplating process 'eliminate' wear marks, pitting, or surface scratches?
What different surface finishes, i.e. Matt, Textured do you offer? *
Can you plate straight onto any surface?

Delivery
How long does it take to have an item(s) plated and returned to a customer?
How do you Ship/ Deliver finished items?

Contact Details
How do I contact you?
Office Address
I want to ask a question online!

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About Electroplating

What is Electroplating?

Electroplating is the coating of an electrically conductive item with a layer of metal using electrical current. The result is a thin, smooth, even coat of metal on the object.

The process used in electroplating is called electrodeposition. The item to be coated is placed into a container containing a solution of one or more metal salts. The item is connected to an electrical circuit, forming the anode or the cathode of the circuit. When an electrical current is passed through the circuit, metal ions in the solution are attracted to the item. The result is an evenly-coated layer of metal around the item. This process is analogous to a galvanic cell acting in reverse.

The plating is most commonly a single metallic element, not an alloy. However, some alloys can be electrodeposited, notably brass.

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What surfaces can you Electroplate onto?

Metal plating onto metal and composite substrates. Most common, but not limited to:

Ferrous

Non-Ferrous

Non-Metallic
Mild Steel
High Speed Steel
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel Alloys
Cast Iron
High-Carbon Steel
High Tensile Steel
Aluminium
Aluminium Alloys
Nickel
Nickel Alloys
Copper
Copper Alloys
Beryllium Copper
Lead
Zinc
Tin
Titanium
Composites
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How Large an Object can you Electroplate?

We have the capacity to accommodate components up to 8ft in length.

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Different Colour Finishes

Can you Match any Colour?

In addition to the wide range of metal colours that F.H.Lambert have to offer, there is also the facility to custom match the metal finishing, plating, and coating of any sample that you may have.

F.H.Lambert have the resources and expertise to custom match any competitive finish.

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What Colours do you do?

Our standard colour list includes:

Gold Plating
- Decoplate™ 24K (3N) Hard Gold Series
- Decoplate™ 18K (2N) Gold Series
- Decoplate™ 14K (1N) Gold Series
- Decoplate™ Almond Gold Series
- Decoplate™ Green (0N) Gold Series
- Decoplate™ Champagne (1N) Gold Series
- Decoplate™ Rose Gold Series
Silver Plating
- Decoplate™ Bright Silver Series
- Decoplate™ Bright Hard Silver Series
Rhodium Plating
- Decoplate™ Bright Rhodium Series
Chrome Plating
- Decoplate™ Bright Chrome Series
- Decoplate™ Black Chrome Series
Surface Protection
- Clear Coat Lacquer Series
- Clear Protection Inhibitor
- Clear Wax Coat

For more information regarding Colours, go to Metal Finishing - Decorative Metal Plating in the Services section of the website.

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Items for Electroplating

Typcially, what items do you plate?

Nearly anything that is metallic! This is an example taken of the typical items we plate:

Typical Examples :
Aircraft Decor Clocks
Seat Belt Latches Pens
Cup Holders Hinges
Switch Panals Watches
Latches Air Gushers

Ash Trays

Ajustable Light Fitments
Sinks Classic Car Parts; bumpers, grills, headlamps
Taps Musical Instruments
Technical Components Jewellery
Jugs, Pots

Cutlery


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Charges

How much does it cost to plate an item?

There are important considerations that need to be issued:

1. Dimensions of the Items
i.e. Surface Area Calculation in Square Inches
2. Type of Metal Finishing and Metal Plating Process
For example; Polished, or Satin 24K Gold
3. Plating Thickness
For example; 0.5μm, or 1μm of 14K Gold - Polished
4. Additional Pre-Treatment/ Surface Protection
For example; Stripping, Dent Removal, Copper Levelling, Gloss Clear Coat Lacquering, or any Repair & Restoration work that you feel is necessary to enhance the value and appearance of the item.
5. Item Substrate
For example; Brass, or Aluminium
6. Item Quantity

We provide you with a guide estimate (ballpark figure) and then a final quotation once we have the necessary information in relation to your items.

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What are the Minimum Order Charges?

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We provide you with a free guide estimate (ballpark figure) and then a free final quotation once we have the necessary information in relation to your items.

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We accept the following:

Cash
Debit/ Credit Card
BACs
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Surface Treatment

My item is worn/ old and in need of repairing prior to it being plated, can you do this?

Yes. It would be refurbished, repaired, repolished, dent removal, then cleaned/degreased prior to it being plated. FHLambert is a leader in providing custom metal restoration and plating services to valued customers.

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Unfortunately no. For the most part all electroplating processes will make surface imperfections in the metal item even more noticeable.

For best results, all objects should be polished and cleaned, and then pre-treatment can be applied. Copper prior to plating gives a very even levelling deposit, which is mallable enough for polishing. Thus, eliminating pits and scrathes. We can provide that additional service if your item requires it.

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Polished

Satin
Matt
Pearlite
Satin Antique
Tarnish

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Yes. Any previous old plating would be removed first however, it would then be refurbished, polished and cleaned prior to plating.

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Delivery

How long does it take to have an item(s) plated and returned to a customer?

Standard Service

F.H.Lambert are committed to offer the same high standard of service to all their customers world-wide. Items are typically plated and dispatched between 7 and 20 working days of receipt of the item.

A.O.G Service

F.H.Lambert operate an A.O.G dedicated service for manufacturing and completion centres. Items are plated and dispatched between 1 and 5 working days of receipt of the item - depending on the quantity and nature of the work to be carried out.

In many cases turnaround is much swifter, typically within 24/48 hours; ensuring an immediate response and prompt turnaround, meeting the requirements and expectations of the aviation industry.

A.O.G Service - Agreement Only

This service is dependable on item sizes, quantities and current workload capacities.
An additional fee of 50% is applied to the original estimate.


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We use Courier companys to ship goods nationwide. These can be insured at the customers expense. Arrangements can also be made for Next Day Delivery and certain Time Intervals can be aggreed prior to dispatch.

For Local Deliveries we can arrange ourselves for dispatching goods. We have a Van which is used daily for pick-up and deliverys.

For special international rush orders we ship goods via FedEx Overnight at an additional charge. All shipping costs are paid by the customer.

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Contact Details

How do I contact you?

Any way you want. You may write to us, email us or pick up the phone and call us. It’s your choice and we’re always happy to hear from you.

For more information on contacting us please navigate to the Contact Information section on this web site.

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F.H.Lambert Limited
Watford West Works
85a Hagden Lane
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD18 7UA
UNITED KINGDOM

International Telephone: 0044 1923 229 444
International Facsimile: 0044 1923 255 717
   
National Telephone: 01923 229 444
National Facsimile: 01923 255 717
   
Email: enquiries@fhlambert.com
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