Chrome Plating Oregon: Electroplating or PVD?

October 21, 2015
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October 21, 2015 Bend Plating

Chrome Plating Oregon: Electroplating or PVD?

When seeking chrome plating Oregon, a variety of options are available. Chrome plating can be done through different processes to achieve a brilliant decorative effect. Whether you want a bead blasted, brushed metal or smooth, polished look, chrome plating Oregon most frequently is done using electroplating or physical vapor deposition (PVD) processes.

For chrome plating Oregon, which process should you choose?

Both electroplating and PVD have benefits for chrome plating Oregon, but which process is best for your specific needs?

Electroplating

Electroplating is an electrochemical process that deposits a thin layer of metal on a metallic base. Electroplating is available in a variety of decorative finishes, including chrome.

  • Allows an object to obtain a hard surface with an attractive finish
  • Has corrosion resistant properties
  • Electroplating can be done over brass, bronze, copper, stainless steel, zinc and plastics
  • Low energy form of plating
  • Thicker coatings available via electroplating than PVD coating
  • Selective masking is generally easier with electroplating

PVD Coating

Physical vapor deposition, or PVD, is a thin film deposition applied through a vacuum coating process. This process provides beautiful decorative and functional finishes with more durability than typical chrome plating Oregon.

  • Extends lifetime and durability of products
  • Heat and oxidation resistance
  • More environmentally sound process
  • Great for direct application on materials such as stainless steel and titanium, as well as on temperature sensitive substrates
  • Highly polished decorative finish, bead blasted or brushed look
  • Provides very hard and wear resistance coating

Whichever process you choose, your product will benefit from an extended lifespan due to increased durability and corrosion resistance. In some cases, PVD coating and electroplating can be done concurrently.

Choosing electroplating or PVD coating depends on the base metal and the desired result. If you’re chrome plating something that needs to be masked during the process, choose electroplating. If you’re seeking a more environmentally conscious process, PVD coating may be the answer.

Contact Bend Plating for more information on chrome plating Oregon. We’ll help you select the perfect chrome plating process for your specific needs.

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Bend Plating provides metal coating, plating, finishing, and polishing services for the automotive, marine, medical, dental, outdoor, sporting, aviation, music industries and more. Contact us for an estimate on your commercial project.

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