Imaging and Coating Services

Imaging and Coating services forproduction of any size

Online Coating Services with Sathive

Sathive is the European industry platform for Coating and other imaging service providers. You can post the projects to our online tool and start receiving quotes from a large network of European Suppliers looking to win your projects.

Our members network is comprised from only European Suppliers that enable you to establish near-shoring cooperation for sourcing of your parts. Use our in-depth filtering to find business partners that meet you location, size, specialisation and standards needs. If you are looking for coating and other imaging services, chances are we have a perfect supplier to match your needs.

With such a high volume of qualified and modern Suppliers across Europe using Sathive Sourcing solutions can help you cut cost on parts, shipping and help you save on stocking-up.

Sathive takes the guesswork out sourcing for Surface Treatment and helps you get a better overview of your coated parts cost. We have taken the complexity out of search of suppliers. All you need to do is identify which parts you need produced, post an Coating & Imaging project, wait for quotes from European Suppliers to arrive and compare the bids! This way, you are sure to get best deals every time!

Coating and Imaging Processes

Surface Treatment

  • Electroplating
  • Electroless Plating
  • Anodic Oxidation
  • Hot Dipping
  • Vacuum Plating
  • Thermal Spraying

Coating and Painting

  • Powder coating
  • Wet paint coating
  • Plating


  • Printing
  • Surface imaging
  • Engraving
  • Laser imaging
  • Laminating

Materials of Surface Treatments

  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Brass/Bronze
  • Plastics
  • Copper
  • Titanium
  • Zinc
  • Wood
  • Aluminium 5052
  • Aluminium 7075
  • Aluminium 7075-T6
  • Aluminium 6063-T5
  • Aluminium 7050-T7451
  • Aluminium MIC-6
  • Aluminium 6061-T6
  • Aluminium 2024-T3

And many more! Post your project now!

  • Alloy Steel 4130
  • Alloy Steel 4140
  • ASTM A36
  • Stainless Steel 15-5
  • Stainless Steel 17-4
  • Stainless Steel 18-8
  • Stainless Steel 303
  • Stainless Steel 304
  • Stainless Steel 316/316L
  • Stainless Steel 416
  • Stainless Steel 420
  • Steel 1018
  • Steel A36

And many more! Post your project now!

  • Brass C360
  • Brass 260
  • C932 M07 Bearing Bronze

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  • ABS
  • Acetal 
  • Acrylic
  • G-10 Garolite
  • Nylon 6/6
  • PEEK
  • Polycarbonate
  • PTFE [Teflon]
  • Polypropylene
  • Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene

And many more! Post your project now!

  • EPT Copper C110
  • Copper 101

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  • Titanium Grade 2
  • Titanium 6Al-4V

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  • Zinc Sheet Alloy 500

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Virtually any type of wood can be processed by our supplier network! Post your project now!

Common Coating and Surface Finishing Techniques

  • Electroplating
  • Chemical Treatment
  • Anodising
  • Powder Coat
  • Hot Dipping
  • Vacuum Plating
  • Painting

This process forms a thin metallic coating on the substrate. The electroplating process passes a positively-charged electrical current through a solution containing dissolved metal ions and a negatively charged electrical current through the metallic part to be plated. Common metals utilised for electroplating are cadmium, chromium, copper, gold, nickel, silver, tin, and zinc. Almost any base metal that conducts electricity can be electroplated to enhance its performance.

This method involves processes that create thin films of sulfide and oxide by means of a chemical reaction. Typical uses are for metal coloring, corrosion protection, and priming of surfaces to be painted. Black oxide is a very common surface treatment for steel parts and “passivation” is used to remove free iron from the surface of stainless steel parts.

This type of surface treatment is typically used for light metals, such as aluminium and titanium. These oxide films are formed by electrolysis, and since they are porous, dyeing and colouring agents are frequently specified for an improved aesthetic appearance. Anodisation is a very common surface treatment that prevents corrosion on aluminium parts. If wear resistance is also desirable, engineers can specify a version of this method that forms a relatively thick, extremely hard, ceramic coating on the surface of the part.

This is a process where powdered paint is sprayed onto a part which is then baked in an oven. This creates a strong, wear- and corrosion-resistant layer that is more durable than standard painting methods. A wide variety of colours are available to create the desired aesthetic.

This process requires the part to be dipped into dissolved tin, lead, zinc, aluminium, or solder to form a surface metallic film. Hot-dip galvanising is the process of dipping steel into a vessel containing molten zinc. Used for corrosion resistance in extreme environments, guard rails on roads are commonly processed with this surface treatment.

Vacuum vapour deposition, sputtering, ion plating, ion nitriding, and ion implantation are some of the more common metal surface finishing processes utilising high vacuum as part of the plating process. Ionised metals, oxides, and nitrites are created in a controlled environment. The part is transferred into the vacuum chamber and the metals are very accurately deposited onto the substrate. Titanium nitrite is a surface treatment that extends the life of high steel and carbide metal cutting tools.

Surface treatment painting is commonly specified by engineers to enhance a part’s appearance and corrosion resistance. Spray painting, electrostatic painting, dipping, brushing, and powder coat painting methods are some of the most common techniques used to apply the paint to the surface of the component. There are many types of paint formulations to protect metal parts in a wide range of physical environments. The automotive industry has automated the process of painting cars and trucks, utilising thousands of robot arms and producing extremely consistent results.

Corrosion resistance

Because many of the coating and imaging techniques are so affordable they are commonly used to protect metal and plastic components against risks of corrosion.

Applications of Coating & Imaging

Rapid Prototyping

The range of accessible surface treatment techniques available makes Coating and Imaging processes ideal for surface protection against elements.

End-Use Production

High-quality finish, vast material options and predictable tolerances have made many of these Coating and imaging techniques ideal for mass production.

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