Plated Wire

Electroplated Wires, Gold, Nickel, Silver, Tin, Tin/Lead

MWS Wire / Plated Wire

Plated wires were initially created for applications where severe operating conditions could cause typical conductor material in the wire to deteriorate. A plated wire is developed by plating a desired metal to the bare conductor metal in a variety of plating thicknesses, and then film insulating it depending on the application.

These plated wires prevent high-temperature chemical migration and conductor oxidation, allowing them to function at excessive temperatures for incredibly long periods of time. Insulated wires with tin and copper plating are generally used in lower temperature applications. In addition, the wire's solderability, conductivity, and overall mechanical strength can also be enhanced by plating.

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Plated Wire Technical Data

Need more info about wire size and coating thickness? See our Data Sheet in our Tech Book.

Base Metals / Core Conductors

MWS can add plating to a variety of core wires including:

  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Phosphor Bronze
  • Beryllium Copper
  • Nickel
  • Nickel Alloys
  • Copper Clad Steel
  • Constantan
  • Dumet
  • Kovar
  • Monel
  • Stainless Steel Wire

MWS offers plated wire in all sizes 14 - 52 AWG in single bare, insulated, multi strand parallel bonded, braided, twisted, or shaped constructions. Plating thickness is determined based on your requirements.

A specialist in gold plated wire

MWS supplies gold plated wire to the electronics, aerospace, medical, and defense sectors. The most common usage for gold is as a thin plating on junction points. When exposed to air, the thin oxide layer that forms on the surfaces of most metals is not highly conductive and can become uneven and pitted due to chemical reactions, making it a poor mating surface for a connector. Gold can offer a dependable smooth surface that can establish a strong connection with the mated surface because it does not oxidize like most metals do.

Gold is also useful in situations (particularly at low voltages) where maintaining electrical conductivity is critical, such as with extremely thin wires, where even a tiny loss of cross-sectional area due to oxidation can drastically reduce the wire's capacity.

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Plated wires inventoried include those meeting QQ-W-343, AA59551, and Mil Std 1276. Plating thickness available from 10-750 microinch (.000010 - .000750 inch)

Gold Plated Wire

ASTM B488 | MIL G45204
MIL DTL 45204D | MIL STD 1276

Gold Plating is often used in high reliability electrical components where maintaining cross-sectional area and conductivity capacity is critical.

Gold Purity:

  • Type I, II and III purity deposits
  • 99.7% cobalt-hardened gold
  • 99.9% pure soft gold electrodeposits


  • Does not form an oxide layer.
  • Does not chemically react under normal conditions.
  • Maintains a smooth surface that can make a good connection with the mated surface.
  • Excellent electrical conductivity
  • Exceptional solderability


  • Hard gold-plated wire is commonly used in applications where excessive friction or material wear are a design concern.
  • Soft gold-plated wire is often used where the highest of gold purity is mandatory for soldering, bonding, exposure to high temperature or high corrosion resistance.

Finish Type:

  • Bright (natural)

Available in Hard and Soft

Nickel Plated Wire

ASTM B689 | AMS 2403
MIL STD 1276 | QQ-N-290

Nickel plated wire offers great corrosion and high temperature resistance.

Nickel Purity:

  • 99.5%
  • 99.9%


  • Great corrosion resistance due to the formation of a protective surface oxide
  • Excellent high-temperature resistance.


  • Spring and wire forming as a lubricious coating offering increased tool life.
  • Coating Abrasive metals such as beryllium copper and stainless steel to prevent premature tool failure.
  • Various soldering, brazing, and welding applications in which a highly pure nickel deposit is required.

Finish Type:

  • Bright (natural)

Available in annealed, hard, and half hard.

Silver Plated Wire

ASTM B298 | ASTM B700
MIL STD 1276 | QQ-S-365

Silver has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of all metals as well as the highest optical reflectivity.


  • High-temperature lubricity when used as a coating for high friction applications on surfaces exposed to temperatures up to 1200F.
  • Excellent solderability and is commonly used for wire bonding.
  • MWS's silver plated wire provides the most concentric coating thickness available to ensure complete coverage of the substrate.


  • Electronic and cable applications where signal stability is a concern.
  • High Friction Applications
  • Wire Bonding

Finish Type:

  • Bright (natural)

Available in annealed, hard, and half-hard

Tin Plated Wire/ Bus Wire

ASTM B33 | ASTM B545
MIL STD 1276 | MIL-T-10727
QQ-W-343 (or AA59551)

Tin plated wires were developed for applications where severe operating environments may degrade conventional conductor materials. Tin plated wires are insulated for lower temperature applications.


  • 100% Pure Tin


  • Strong electrical conductivity
  • Strong corrosion resistance
  • Unsurpassed solderability of base metals that are not otherwise effectively soldered to.


  • Transportation and distribution
  • Ground wire
  • Hook-ups and Jumpers

Finish Types:

  • Bright (die-burnished)
  • Matte (natural)

Available in annealed, hard, and half-hard.

Tin/Lead Plated

ASTM B579 | MIL STD 1276
MIL-P-81728 | QQ-W-343

Tin/Lead plated wire used in aeronautical and aerospace applications where the addition of lead prevents the forming of "tin whiskers". Tin whiskers are the cause of electrical failure due to their growth and penetration of electrical cabling resulting in a short circuit.

Tin/Lead Ratios:

  • 60/40
  • 70/30
  • 90/10


  • Strong electrical conductivity
  • Strong corrosion resistance
  • Unsurpassed solderability of base metals that are not otherwise effectively soldered to.

Finish Types:

  • Bright (die-burnished)
  • Matte (natural)

Available in annealed, hard, and half hard.

Special Processes

Ask a sales representative about any special temper or wire finish.

Wire is available in sizes 14 - 52 AWG with the following options:

  • Soft/Hard Temper
  • Bare
  • Insulated
  • Shaped
  • Plated
  • Bondable

Plating Specifications

Surface Conditions and Treatments:

  • Bright,
  • Semi-bright
  • Matte Finish
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MWS has one of the largest inventories of stainless-steel wire and other wire products. We provide wire from 1/4lb to 50lb spools. Ninety percent of our stock orders go out within a week.  Short production runs and quick turnarounds are our specialty.

Pre-cut Wire Lengths and Other Custom Orders.

We can provide straight wire cuts from one inch to 6-foot lengths holding the tolerances you require for your specific application. Need shaped wire? We have a variety of special shapes including square wire, flat wire, and ribbon wire. Special coatings and finishes are available as well.

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