TWR first implemented Electroless Nickel with Teflon in the mid to late 90’s, to meet the demands of a customer in need of a finish with good release properties for applying to industrial molds. To accomplish this goal, TWR worked directly with McDermid to bring in their High Phosphorous Electroless Nickel with Teflon finish, which is the same High Phosphorous Electroless Nickel finish TWR has provided for years, but with the addition of sub micron particles of Teflon to the plating bath that aid in release and lubricity.
Perfecting the Nickel Teflon Process
Over the last 2 decades, TWR has perfected this process and in turn, has developed a highly effective and very corrosion resistant finish with a very low coefficient of friction. By adding Teflon particles to the Electroless Nickel bath itself, TWR is able to plate nickel and Teflon particles at the same time. As a result, the finished product has increased wearability due to the Teflon particles being evenly distributed throughout the thickness of the nickel deposit. As the Electroless Nickel with Teflon wears, it simply exposes new Teflon.
Not all Nickel Teflon Finishes Are Created Equally
Many competitors who claim to produce a “Nickel Teflon” finish are applying a standard Nickel deposit first, with Teflon then applied later as a sprayed, surface treatment. While this method is effective early on, this finish will not have the same longevity as TWR’s process. Additionally, it can only be applied on surfaces where a spray gun can reach them, making it impossible to apply the Nickel Teflon finish to more intricate applications. Our Electroless Nickel with Teflon process can plate difficult internal surfaces and geometries just like our standard Electroless Nickel Plating.
Nickel Teflon Applications
TWR’s Electroless Nickel with Teflon finish is best suited for molding applications, firearm components and medical devices where oil is not allowed for lubricity.