Chrome, short for chromium element, is used in many industries ranging from kitchen accessories to clothing fabrics to furniture decoration. The biggest chrome user in the automotive industry. Trims, accessories, and under hoods are all covered with chrome for a bright and shiny appearance.
Chrome must be applied through the electroplating process while the basic application of chrome will receive a negative charge and be “immersed” in a chromium tub that is positively charged. This concept is very similar to electrostatic spray paintings used on car bodies except in place of sprays, the item is dipped. After this process is complete, chrome is almost indestructible and is impossible to remove.
Chrome Can Be Used On Almost All Surfaces
One of the biggest attractions for using chrome in the car industry besides its slim result is that it can be used on almost all surfaces, including copper, iron and other metal bases that make its versatility easy to use anywhere on a vehicle. In the 1970s, it was also discovered that chrome plating could be applied to plastics. This allows cheaper components, such as plastic, to be chrome-plated so that it is conducive for use as automotive parts and reduces manufacturing costs.
Chrome is the Protective Coating
Another advantage of chrome, especially with auto parts, is the protective coating that it provides. Its durability allows long life without damaging or oxidizing; also, chrome can withstand extreme temperatures and environmental conditions. This makes it ideal for use in vehicles because they are sometimes exposed to all kinds of conditions.
After the components are chrome plated, they can be reused. If a part is damaged or worn, the part can be refurbished and re-plated saving money spent on new parts, time looking for those new parts, and waste in the environment. Chrome plating is also convenient because it can be done at your local custom auto shop. Many auto body finishers have a good bit of experience in chrome finishing. Because this is an electrolytic process, having someone who is experienced in plating is a must. Chromium is still an element that should be given respect by discarding into the environment. In its plated form, there are not many hazards to be concerned with; however, the liquid chromic acid should be handled with caution and guidelines should be strictly followed.
Useful in all types of Automotive Parts
Chrome’s bright and shiny surface has been useful in all types of automotive parts, and its popularity is increasing in furniture, appliances and other decorative applications. Many of the advantages of chrome will continue to make the final product unique and beautiful to use on this product far in the future.