June, 2016
Your Questions on Industrial Coating, Answered

hard chrome plating

Did you know that industrial maintenance coatings were valued at $1.3 billion in 2014? In fact, the United States exported the highest amount of paint and wear coatings in 2014, making $2.3 billion. While coating equipment and wear-resistant coatings have been used for years, many people still do not know much about plating and its uses. To help educate you on chrome plating, here are a few common questions along with their answers.

What is hard chrome plating?
Hard chrome plating is an electroplating process in which chromium is deposited from a chromic acid solution. It is used as a heavy coating that is measured in thousandths of an inch, to ensure wear resistance, lubricity, oil retention, and other “wear” situations.

What is the difference between chrome plating and chromium plating?
Truthfully, there is no difference between the two. Chromium is an element; chrome is simply another commonly used word for it.

What are the different types of chrome plating?
There are two different types of chrome plating: hard and nickel chrome plating (also known as decorative chrome plating).

Is all chrome plating about the same?
No. Decorative chrome plating includes automotive bumpers, wheel rims, and other trimmings. Hard chrome plating is used for aerospace applications like rollers, pistons, hydraulic cylinder shafts. It is also used in a wide range of industries.

What kind of metal can be chrome plated?
While usually applied over bright nickel plating, it can also be used on steel, aluminum, plastic, copper alloys, and zinc alloys. You may also find it on used car parts, tools, and kitchen utensils.

Why is chrome plating used?
Plating is most commonly used to reduce corrosion. It can also be used for decorative purposes and be applied as a finish to things like hand tools, auto parts, plumbing fixtures and many other materials.

Now that you know the basics of industrial coatings and how they are used, you can arrange for your metal materials to be chrome plated both efficiently and in large quantities. In fact, 352 million gallons of industrial coatings were sold in 2014, totalling $6.8 billion in revenue. Contact us at Duralar and see how our services can benefit your business.