Three Industries That Use Chromium Electroplating

February 21, 2018
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February 21, 2018 Bend Plating

Three Industries That Use Chromium Electroplating

Chromium (Chrome) is a lustrous metal that is very hard, resists chemicals and corrosion, and provides a lifetime finish for a number of durable goods. For its outstanding corrosion resistance, chromium is added to steel in order to form stainless steel. In fact, stainless steel and chrome plating make up 85% of commercial chrome use. Using modern electroplating methods, chrome can be electroplated onto a number of substrates and complex geometry parts. Bend Plating provides chromium electroplating in Oregon for global customers in multiple industry segments.

Here Are Three Industries That Use Chromium Electroplating in Oregon

Automotive Parts

The automotive industry is one of the largest consumers of chromium electroplating services. Because chrome resists corrosion and looks fantastic, it makes an ideal decorative finish for the interior and exterior of a vehicle.  Additionally, chrome it is strong, durable, and can be electroplated onto lightweight surfaces such as plastics and aluminum. With its mirror-like sheen, it can make featured parts reflective, bright, and beautiful.

For this reason, the automotive industry uses chromium electroplating for many different applications. Parts such as steering wheel trims, console trims, gear shifts, and buttons often get the chrome treatment. Wheel rims, window trim, license plate frames, bumpers, and headlights often are plated with chrome on the exterior of the vehicle.  As for motorcycles, manufacturers use chromium electroplating on exposed parts for lifetime protection and show quality looks.

Home Decor

Home developers and decor manufacturers also rely on chromium electroplating services for many of the parts used throughout the home. For instance, kitchen and bathroom faucets are often chrome plated as well as door handles, appliance covers, gas burners, washing machine and dryer dials and buttons, refrigerator parts, heating grates, hinges, locks, and many other parts that make up a home.


Many jewelers use chrome and other metals to plate high-end jewelry collections. Because expert electroplate providers can create a variety of chrome color hues, and chrome provides a superior shine and luster characteristics, it can be the perfect finish for any jewelry designer. Watches, rings, earrings, bracelets, and many other applications use chrome as an elegant finish.  In fact, it is used by both high end and costume jewelers alike.  At Bend Plating, physical vapor deposition can be applied over chrome plated parts to add even more color options which include high luster black, graphite, gold, bronze, and brass hues.

Chromium Electroplating in Oregon

Whether you are in the automotive, home decor, aviation, music, or jewelry industries (or any number of industries), Bend Plating provides high quality chromium electroplating to national and international industry leaders.  In addition, Bend Plating is a full-service metal finishing company that provides robotic metal polishing, metal polishing and texturing, weld repairs, gold/copper/chromium electroplating, and physical vapor deposition (PVD) for large and small scale commercial manufacturers. Contact us for more information about Bend Plating metal finishing services and to talk directly to our production engineers about how to make your project a success and make your product stand out to discriminating and quality conscious customers.

Bend Plating

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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