Originally Posted by allikat
Aqua and BP both used decent platers, EK tried to cut plating costs (or got swindled with bad copper depending which test you believe), which caused their troubles.
Just want to clear this up. The guys at RRTech found nothing wrong with the plating process itself or any of the materials involved. What EK did wrong was apparently improper preparation of surfaces before plating. This is speculated to be due to their haste in trying to get products out the door faster. Poor surface preparation (due to poor machining) could lead to high plating porosity, which would create the problems that have been seen, especially when combined with an improper plating process. Metallurgical analysis has shown zero problems with the quality of the materials involved, which leaves manufacturing the only remaining culprit, and it's probably what was speculated by the guys at RRTech, which means a myriad of potential problems in the manufacturing process.