Our metal plating and finishing division is comprised of Pape Electroplating (founded in 1960) and Waterbury Plating & Painting (founded in 1943)

We provide a broad range of plating, painting and services that exceed our customer requirements for quality and service.

Metal Finishing Services


Mainly a bright or satin cosmetic finish, Brass can be plated on a variety of substrates including nickel, bronze, stainless steel, and zinc die castings. A coating of water-based acrylic lacquer or wax prevents parts from tarnishing over time.

Bright Dip

This is the cleaning of oxides off the surface of brass to give it a more attractive appearance. It is often finished off with a topcoat of laquer or anti-stain chemicals.

Bulk Painting

A durable but cosmetic finish processed in our specialized, high volume, equipment allows for parts to be coated in a 2 part epoxy coating. Our color lab gives us the ability to match almost any color.


Predominantly required in military and government specifications, Cadmium offers strong corrosion resistance and lubricity. Unlike Zinc, Cadmium is not as much a “sacrificial coating.” Its properties are strong and stand alone but can be enhanced with a coating of Hexavalent Chromate. Hexavalent Chromate is offered in Clear/Blue, Black and Olive Drab Green.


We offer a variety of cleaning to you from a gentle rolling in aqueous solutions to aggressive tumbling in acids. We can tailor our process to meet your needs. We can tailor our process to meet your needs.


Primarily used in the electronics and aerospace industries for its conductive and thermal properties while providing resistance to extreme temperatures. Copper also enhances solderability and can be applied as an undercoating to improve adhesion of additional coatings on the substrate.

Electroless Nickel

Ideally suited for engineering components, this deposit is harder than electrodeposited nickel and offers excellent wear and corrosion resistance. A process with a high degree of plating uniformity across all surfaces and deep recesses, Electroless Nickel allows for the finishing of complex parts since all wetted surfaces are plated.

Electrolytic Nickel

Electrolytical nickel (commonly known as electroplated nickel) offers a consistently bright finish. It can serve as a cosmetic finish or a functional finish to enhance electrical conductivity. It is frequently used with an underlayer of copper, which together with the nickel, can provide excellent corrosion resistance. Another use is to significantly brighten brass plating for cosmetic purposes.


Systematically removes any microscopic high points from the metal producing a consistently smooth and bright surface to the part. Electropolishing also passivates stainless steel and causes no hydrogen embrittlement. This process is offered in a bright or matte, non-refelctive finish.


We apply DowCorning Molykote 557 which is a dry film lubricant which is ideal for reduced sticking and temporary wear reduction on items such as hardware, screws, etc.


Passivation is the removal of iron or contamination from the surface of a stainless steel part. The contamination is a result of the fabrication process and will cause premature corrosion of the part. We can meet your needs for both 300 and 400 series stainless steels.

Powder Coat

An electrostatic coating that is cured under heat allows powder to flow and form a coating across the substrate of a part that is tougher and more durable than conventional paint finishes. Powder coat can typically withstand 1000+ hours of Salt Spray testing.


An environmentally friendly chromium substitute for rack and bulk plating, Seachrome is a proprietary alloy plated over bright nickel. The finish produces a decorative coating that closely resembles the appearance of chrome. Seachrome offers excellent lubricity and corrosion resistance upwards of 2,000 of Salt Spray testing an it may be deposited on a wide variety of substrates.

Small Lot Processing

While we are known as one of the major high volume platers in the North East, we also understand the need for small orders, engineering samples and/or extremely delicate parts to be finished. Our Small Lot Processing department enables us to process orders as small as a few ounces. With specialized equipment that ensures the highest quality available in the industry, your order is processed from start to finish by the same highly skilled operator.


Electrodeposited tin is non-toxic, ductile, and resistant to both corrosion and tarnishing. Tin plating provides a uniformly thick coating which is highly conductive and 100% solderable, making it an excellent choice for electrical contacts. The high throwing power of our tin bath makes it possible to plate items of unusual shapes with exceptional reliability.


The tin-nickel alloy is a compound of approximately 65% tin and 35% nickel. The tin-nickel alloy is non-magnetic and non-allergic to the skin. Its non-allergic property allows it to replace electroplated nickel on fasteners for garments. Tin-nickel has been used for replacing chromium in decorative and light engineering industries and in the printed circuit board industry as an etch resist. Tin-nickel can be electroplated directly on all of the most common materials. Zinc die-castings would require copper undercoating. It is resistant to tarnish under both indoor and mild outdoor conditions and has an attractive faint pinkish color. Additional applications where tin-nickel is used are in the hardware, automotive, electrical, and electronics accessories. The tin-nickel alloy electroplating is covered under ASTM specification B 605-95a.


A cost-effective coating applied to parts across multiple industries to provide basic levels of corrosion resistance. Rack and barrel zinc plating capabilities enable NEMW to process parts of various sizes and compositions. Most zinc plating is supplemented with chromate conversion coatings that improve the lifespan of the finish. We offer both Hexavalent Chromate and Trivalent Chromate in Clear, Blue, Black, Yellow & Green.


A stronger alternative to zinc plating offering superior hardness and corrosion resistance upwards of 1,000 hours of salt spray testing. A highly popular finish in the automotive industry because of its toughness and ability to withstand high temperatures.

Industries Served

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Clothing Apparel
  • Cosmetics
  • Electronic
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Hardware & Tools
  • Industrial
  • Lawn & Garden
  • Marine
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Plumbing
  • Screw Machine Products
  • Springs
  • Stamping & Turning
  • Telecommunications
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