Gold plating is a process by which a thin layer of gold is added to a specific metal. More commonly, gold is added to the surface of silver or copper and is used very frequently in electronic components.
This method of electroplating is known to highly benefit in the resistance of corrosion and to assist on the reduction of wear. Gold is also reliable in any climate being that hot, cold, damp or dry. This plating tends to be the most expensive. If cost is not of factor gold tends to be the best method to use.
When needing to create components that must last an infinite amount of time, spend the extra money and go for gold!
Some benefits of this plating are:
- Non-reactive with other elements
- High electrical conductivity
- Corrosion resistant