U.S. Chrome provides a variety of metal finishing services including hard chrome electroplating, thin dense chrome, electroless nickel plating and NiCom. Other metal finishing services are also offered to increase the longevity and use of your parts, components, and equipment.
Hard chrome plating protects metal parts and components from wear and corrosion for increased longevity and reliability in the field. Our industrial hard chrome electroplating services are available for all metal surfaces including titanium and other exotic metals.
Flash chrome plating is suitable for applications needing light wear and corrosion protection. Generally, flash chrome is applied to a thickness range of 0.0002″ to 0.0005″. Flash chrome plating is perfect for specifications that require tight tolerances.
Thin dense chrome, or TDC, is similar to flash chrome plating, offering a thin layer of protection, but the thickness of the plating is limited to 0.0002” and is plated under special conditions to produce a dense coating. This electroplating process is recommended for unique industry specific applications.
Electroless nickel plating, or e-nickel, is a precision plating process that deposits a thin nickel phosphorus alloy layer onto a metal surface. Electroless nickel plating is primarily used as a barrier coating for general corrosion protection and is also used under hard chrome to improve corrosion resistance in tough wear applications.
Electrolytic nickel plating is a plating process that uses an electrolyte bath of sulfamate nickel to deposit pure nickel onto a surface. Electrolytic nickel is also a barrier coating that provides lubricity, ductility, and corrosion resistance.
Cerakote is a proprietary ceramic polymer based coating that offers advanced durability, hardness, scratch resistance, corrosion resistance, flexibility, heat dissipation, and chemical resistance. The coating is applied as a thin film onto a part using a high quality HVLP/LVLP detail sprayer.
NiCom is our proprietary electro-composite coating that is used as an alternative to hard chrome plating. Common applications are found in bores of internal combustion engines with uses ranging from weed trimmers to large drones to high performance V8 engines.
Our main alternative coating, TriCom, is a proprietary electroplating technology based on a composite microstructure consisting of a binary or tertiary alloy matrix. TriCom acts as an alternative engineered coating option for hard chrome, HVOF, and electroless nickel plating.
Our 80 years of engineering experience enables us to partner with our customers and engineer custom plating solutions. Our tailored solutions address difficult to plate operations, the scaling of production, and tooling that will last your products lifecycle. If your company needs to get a high-volume job started in a short time frame, our proven industrial plating techniques are what you are looking for.
Metal finishing is the process of changing the surface of an object, for improving its appearance and/or durability. Many types of metal finishing services exist. Electroplating, electroless plating, anodizing, HVOF, vapor deposition, nitriding, and more are all processes used to enhance the surface characteristics of objects.
Electroplating is a technique in which a thin layer of metal is deposited onto a component or object to enhance the surface characteristics of the base material.
When supplying information to your plating shop, it is most important to note specific plating details and requirements on the purchase order and/or the blueprints. Important requirements, such as plating thickness, surface finish, and masking needs should be clearly defined to avoid confusion or mistakes.
There are many reasons to use metal finishing. Increasing an object’s strength and durability, improved wear and/or corrosion resistance, reduced sliding forces (friction), improved release properties, changes to optical properties, and altering the appearance are several that come to mind. Finding the right solution is something we can help with.
Electroless nickel plating is primarily used as a barrier coating for general corrosion protection and is also used under hard chrome electroplating to improve corrosion resistance in tough wear applications.
We’re confident US Chrome will be your best option for your chrome plating and electroplating needs because of our engineering approach, exceptional customer service, and regional locations. Contact us with your questions or coating challenges. We’ll help you find the right solution.