AMS 2403 updated – Nickel plating

Speaking of nickel plating, the AMS 2403 has also been updated.  Titled “Plating, Nickel General Purpose,” the new Revision N has just been released.  It is available now from Document Center Inc.  in both paper format and for pdf download.

This specification covers the engineering requirements for the electrodeposition of nickel and the properties of the deposit.  It is a popular plating spec and sells quite frequently here at Document Center Inc.

The standard was updated last at the beginning of 2015, so this new revision has been issued more quickly than usual.  FYI: The previous Revision M was the result of the usual 5 year review and included changes generated during that process.  For the new AMS 2403 N, the adhesion requirement in paragraph has been updated with the standard wording used in AMS 2424.

You’ll need a copy and you’ll want to use an authorized distributor to make sure your purchases are covered by the laws of copyright.  Use the Document Center webstore at to order with confidence.  Here’s a direct link to the page with the information on ordering the AMS 2403.

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The Plating Spec Poster – A handy tool for plating and coating specialists

Techplate’s Plating and Anodizing Specifications Chart is a handy wall chart developed to summarize a variety of frequently referenced plating specs.

The 2006 Edition covers a wide variety of metals and coatings.  Various classes are covered, along with thicknesses, and applications.  It’s 18 inches wide by 24 inches high, so it’s easy to post and reference.

Here is a list of some of the coatings covered and specs that apply:

Anodic Coatings MIL-A-8625
Black Chromium Plating MIL-DTL-14538
Black Oxide Coating MIL-DTL-13924 and AMS-2485
Cadmium Plating AMS-2700 and ASTM-B766
Chemical Conversion Coatings MIL-DTL-5541
Chromium Plating AMS-2460
Chemical Finish Black MIL-F-495
Copper AMS-2418
Electroless Nickel Coatings AMS-2404 and AMS-C-26074
Electropolish ASTM-B912
Gold Plating ASTM-B488 and AMS-2422
Lubricant, Solid Film MIL-PRF-46010
Magnesium Anodic Treatment AMS-M-45202 and ASTM-D1732
Magnesium Chromic Treatment AMS-M-3171
Nickel Coatings AMS-QQ-N-290 and AMS-2403
Passivation Treatments AMS-2700
Light Phosphate Coating TT-C-490
Heavy Phosphate Coating MIL-DTL-16232
Salt Bath Nitride AMS-2753
Silver Plating ASTM-B700
Sulfamate Nickel MIL-P-27418
Tin Coatings ASTM-B545
Tin Lead Plating AMS-P-81728
Vacuum Cadmium Plating AMS-C-8837
Zinc ASTM-B633
Zinc Alloy Plating ASTM-B840 and ASTM-B841