ASTM B766 Specified Cadmium Plating

Cadmium is one of a few deposits that functions as a “sacrificial coating,” meaning that it will corrode before the substrate material when plated. It is an attractive, soft white metal that can be deposited on various base materials, including steels, aluminum, copper, powdered metal, and various types of iron.

It is cost-effective and offers consistent, reliable coverage. Cadmium plating can also be adjusted to fit the needs of your project, making it perfect for your project, big or small.

It has a natural lubricity, which provides anti-galling and low friction, and our baking processes prevent the occurrence of hydrogen embrittlement. Additionally, we can enhance the corrosion protection cadmium plating provides through applying a chromate conversion coating with either a clear, gold, olive drab or black finish.

About ASTM B766 Cadmium Plating

ASTM B766 cadmium plating thickness can be adjusted, making it ideal for both large and small projects.

At Keystone Corporation, our baking process prevents the occurrence of hydrogen embrittlement, helping ensure a more durable product, and our electrodeposited method improves the bonding of paint and adhesion, allowing you the option of an attractive final finish or allowing for the application of sealants or chromates over the cadmium finish.

ASTM B766 Cadmium Plating Buffalo, NYOur finish choices include:

  • Clear
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • Olive Drab 


  • Provides good protection against salt corrosion at low thicknesses.
  • Soft and malleable.
  • Mold and bacteria growth resistant.
  • Can be used on various substrates, such as aluminum, brass, copper, iron, and steel
  • Is an excellent conductor of electricity.
  • Has low electrical resistance.
  • Works as a good base for paint.
  • Galvanic compatibility with aluminum.
  • Excellent, smooth solderability.
  • Good bonding surface for different adhesives.
  • Excellent lubricity
  • Reliable torque characteristics
  • Protection from galvanic corrosion

Some Applications for Cadmium Plating

Due to its unique properties, ability to pair with multiple substrates and use as a sacrificial coating, it is used in a wide variety of applications. Use it in the following 

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Military
  • Electrical
  • Consumer Product

Contact Keystone Today for more information

For more than 90 years, Keystone Corporation has assisted customers in completing commercial orders ranging from a few specialized pieces to high volume applications. All finishes are available for both rack and barrel plating applications. We maintain superior quality control through the entire finishing process, ensuring top quality metal finishing and plating at an affordable cost for any project. Our experienced staff will provide technical assistance as well as Certificates of Compliance to commercial, government, AMS, ASTM, and MIL specifications. Meeting your manufacturing needs is our top priority at Keystone Corporation. Contact us today to receive a personalized quotation based on your specific requirements.

Service Areas:

  • Binghamton, NY

  • Buffalo, NY

  • Chicago, IL

  • Erie, PA

  • Rochester, NY

  • Syracuse, NY

  • And more!

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