|Someone asked if the stainless steel is naturally corrosion-resistant, why go to the trouble of plating it? Well, plating isnít always for protection. Sometimes we plate for cosmetic reasons gold and silver plated steel are common commissions. The popularity of gold plating jewelry illustrates this point. Sometimes we also need to impart certain characteristics to the components that are not present in stainless steel. For example, we often plate stainless steel with nickel to improve conductivity for computer components.