Surface finishing is a frequently used method of decorating visible metal surfaces. Chrome plating (gloss, satin, semi-matt, silk matt) with copper-nickel-chrome is the coating system of choice when good corrosion protection and excellent optics are equally important.
Chrome plating in a great decorative variety
Whether gloss, silk matt or semi-matt chrome plating – a broad range of varying chrome surfaces can be achieved using the right pre-treatment and the layer system. When using the copper-nickel-chrome combination, the flexibility of the copper undercoat compensates possible tension between the component and the surface layer. Furthermore, it guarantees optimum adhesion, levels off and forms a corrosion barrier within the layer system. The copper plating also influences the subsequent glossy effect of the following layers. Depending on the selected thickness and layer combination, nickel provides a high degree of anti-corrosion protection. The electrolytic chrome is the final layer to be applied.
Chrome plating: advantages
Chrome (whether gloss, semi-matt, silk matt or satin) is very hard, durable and resistant to tarnishing. Decorative chrome plating implemented in this combination can result in hard, silk matt or glossy chrome surfaces, depending on your requirements. As a layer system, copper, nickel and chrome are an unbeatable trio. In order to additionally increase the level of corrosion protection, we offer you microporous chrome.
A wide variety of substrates can be plated with copper-nickel-chrome, including aluminium, steel, stainless steel, brass, copper and powdered metals. A new process that we now offer, which may interest a great many customers, is galvanic chroming on zinc die-castings. We have managed to make the process more reliable, so that highly sophisticated visible components are reproducible in series production with the desired level of gloss and varying haptics. By the way: we also offer black chrome plating – see here for more details.