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Thin Dense Chrome

Thin Dense Chrome Plating

Engineers looking for a hard surface coating that maintains the original component tolerances and will provide excellent corrosion resistance turn to Thin Dense Chrome or TDC. It has a dense structure that is void of micro-cracks which enhances the surfaces corrosion protection.


U.S. Chrome has used this coating for a wide variety of applications in every industry. What defines our electroplating services is the ability to offer the solutions that are needed for each application. Let our precision plating team engineer a solution for your application.

Features & Benefits of Thin Dense Chrome

  • Corrosion protection
  • Maintains original component tolerances
  • Increased wear life
  • Typical hardness between 65-70 HRC
  • Good heat resistance
  • Superior bond strength to base metal

US Chrome is one of the few companies that has large chrome plating tanks that can accommodate up to 20 foot length and 8 tons.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is thin dense chrome (TDC)?

Thin Dense Chrome is electroplated chromium with a thickness generally 0.0001″ to 0.0002″ where the chromium structure is denser. This dense condition is created by using a specific bath chemistry combined with tailored application techniques. These carefully monitored parameters produce a uniform coating thickness while maintaining tight tolerances.

What materials can be thin dense chrome plated?

Most metal surfaces can be plated with TDC except for aluminum, magnesium, titanium and zinc. The coating is most frequently plated on stainless steel components.

What are the advantages of thin dense chrome?

Thin Dense Chrome offers a strong resistance to cracks, chips, peels, or flakes from the base material. The coating wears well and has an excellent resistance to corrosion from its dense structure that is void of micro-cracks.

What are the best applications for TDC?

TDC is a solution for a variety of applications. Primarily, since the coating will not crack, peel, chip, or flake, the use in food and medical applications are the most benefited. Applications that are subjected to harsh environments will also benefit due to the enhance corrosion resistance.

Where does U.S. Chrome Offer TDC Plating?

U.S. Chrome offers TDC plating at our IllinoisNew YorkOhio, and Connecticut locations. Each facility is strategically located for fast and efficient delivery to anywhere in the United States and across the globe.

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We’re confident US Chrome will be your best option for your thin dense chrome plating applications because of our engineering approach, exceptional customer service, and regional locations. Contact us with your questions or coating challenges.

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