South West Metal Finishing offers four different processes, which should be chosen depending on the requirements of the coating.
The extreme hardness of Hard Chrome Plating (over 1000 HV) is produced by the structure of the deposit. Furthermore the deposit has a very low coefficient of friction. These two properties together with the ability to apply very high thicknesses make Chrome Plating the perfect coating for wear resistance.
(A general thickness of 0.13mm (0.005”) is ample for most plating applications, but higher thicknesses of over 1mm is also possible)
It can be applied to stainless steels, cast irons, copper alloys, bronzes and nickel alloys. An excellent adhesion can be achieved on a variety of surfaces whether ground, finely turned or high polished.
Hard Chrome Plating is widely used in the aerospace industry as well as hydraulic industry, machine construction.
Chrome plating applied for a technical purpose with a very low thickness is called FLASH CHROME PLATING