In Reply to: Thick Gold Coating posted by Gord on 10/23/03 at 10:15 AM:
Gold will not adhere to glass directly so
the first thing you will need on the glass is a layer that will allow the Gold to adhere. Usually this is Chromium. Secondly you will need to heat the substrate during deposition so that the growing film can anneal. Otherwise the film will contain so much stress that it will peel taking pieces of the glass with it.
I am not sure of the annealing temperature that will relieve the stress but it is rather high. You should experiment to see what will work.
I have tried both sputtered films and electroplated films on glass and ceramic and found it difficult to get stress free films in this thickness.