Hard Chrome Versus Flash Chrome Plating
Flash chrome plating
A very thin layer of chrome generally consisting of deposits with a thickness of 0.0002" to 0.0005". Suitable for applications needing light wear and corrosion protection, reduced coefficient of friction, improved release properties, and with tight tolerances where post plating processes are not practical.
Hard chrome plating
Suitable for most wear applications, corrosion protection, reduced coefficient of friction, and often requires a post plate machine operation to achieve the specified size and surface finish.
Design for hard chrome plating
Consult with U.S. Chrome to determine:
- Selection of desired type of chromium
- Exact location of deposit
- Best method of stopping off the deposit
- Specific thickness and tolerance requirements
- Before and after plate dimensions
- Treatment of pre-plate surface and machine finish requirements
- Specification of finish size or overplating and grinding