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Developments in Electroplating of Plastics

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The problem with electroplating onto plastics is they are not electrically conductive and can’t be put into a plating solution using the same process as metal. A method using a conductive film capable of being deposited onto the surface of the plastic was required. The surface layer had to adhere well with the substrate for good adhesion to be achieved.

The Process

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Many improvements and refinements have been made to the process for plating on plastics but the basic technology is still the same. Chrome electroplating services have advanced as well. The first step in the process is using a chromic acid based solution to ensure adhesion. The excess chromic acid is neutralized.

The surface of the plastic is activated with palladium and tin salts. The surface is then coated with copper or nickel with the use of an electroless plating solution. The plastic can now be coated with conventional technology.

The Metals

Originally copper was followed with a thin layer of nickel. Now only thin nickel was required since the surface was not subject to corrosion. There have also been two extremely significant developments regarding the technology used for chromium electroplating. This has highly improved the quality of plastics that have been electroplated.

Corrosion Resistance
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A double layer nickel system with an under layer that is semi-bright combined with a nickel topcoat greatly improves the resistance to corrosion. The corrosion resistance on a single layer of nickel with the same thickness was much lower. A micro discontinuous chromium system that has a layer of chromium with a micro cracked structure or a system that is microporous increases the resistance to corrosion even more.

A double layer of nickel combined with micro discontinuous chromium is specified for all electroplated plastics that will be used in severe environments. For all additional questions please consult with a law firm.

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The 2 Different Types of Chrome Plating

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Chrome plating refers to the process of using electrochemical attraction to apply a layer of metal to the surface of another metal, all in an immersion bath and is only practical on steel or metallic components. Chrome is applied as a final coat since nickel is mostly used in the actual plating.

Chrome plating typically goes through these stages:

  1. Manual cleaning to remove all traces of dirt, grease and surface impurities. The entire process starts with polishing and buffing. De-plating must be done if the parts had been plated before just to remove the old plating.
  2. Using powerful lathes and other tools to polish the part to a high sheen. The parts are then baked to remove any “hydrogen embrittlement” which may have been generated in plating.
  3. A masking tape is used and cut precisely in areas which require to remain exposed. The area to be painted is blasted, frosting the chrome surface to increase paint adhesion.
  4. Edges are trimmed accurately with a knife.

Types of Chrome Plating

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There are two different types of chrome plating:

1. Decorative chrome – Which normally involves plating nickel before the chrome is plated. It is designed to be aesthetically pleasing and durable at the same time. The chrome usually adds a bluish cast which protects it against tarnish at the same time minimizing scratching. Thickness range in millionths of an inch rather than thousandths.

2. Hard chrome plating – Also known as functional chrome plating or engineering chrome plating. It is usually applied to items that are made of steel. It is not necessarily decorative but of a metallic appearance that can be shiny.

Definition of Related Chrome Plating Terms

There is no difference between chrome plating, chrome electroplating, chrome dipping or chroming as all imply to the same thing. Chrome plating shops only use electroplating to create the chrome coating and they never just dip the material into molten chrome plating compounds.

As discussed above is only the basics of chrome plating which is usually a broad topic of study, for more information do contact our law firm immediately to get further assistance.

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For a cruise motorbike fanatic, having shiny and impressive chrome wheels on their ride is one of the top priorities. If you are riding the 2017 Harley Davidson Bagger, the chances are that you are already considering the stock fittings with the alloy wheels. As it can be an expensive affair, most of the people have second thoughts.

However, if you go for our chrome motorcycle wheel exchange, it doesn’t have to be that hard on your pocket. The dealers these days offer easy wheel exchange program that enables the motorbike owner to replace their wheel at a price much lesser than the market price in return for the wheels currently fitted to their bike. It is a win-win situation for both the dealer and the bike owner.

How to go about the wheel exchange program?

• You can contact us and let them know the wheel you have chosen and have deposited the core amount. Once that is done, we would ship you the chrome motorcycle wheel of your choice. As soon as we receives your wheel in good condition, the core money is deposited back into your account.
• Alternatively, you can also choose to send your wheel first to us. In this case, it is essential to mention while ordering the wheel that you wish to go for an exchange. We would send you the chrome wheel of your choice the next working day. It is suggested that buyer calls us and reserve the wheel of their choice in advance for hassle free and quick delivery.

Things to note when going for exchange program

• It is mandatory for the customers to mention in the order form before purchase that they wish to go for the exchange.
• There is a small additional fee levied above the standard chrome plating service for the exchange service.
• The wheels of the same bike model, year of manufacturing and model can be exchanged that are not damaged and haven’t been chrome plated already.
Contact us today if you wish to go for the chrome motorcycle wheel exchange program. We would guide you appropriately to find the best wheel for your new Harley Davidson Bagger 2017 or any other cruiser bike for that matter, without costing you a fortune.

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Classic Cars You Can Restore on a Budget

Classic Car Chrome Plating Restoration

You’re ready to invest in a car restoration project but have had a few financial setbacks. Before you give up hope, consider the following top four classic cars for chrome plating restoration:

The Chevy Impala

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The redesign of the Chevy Impala in 1965 proved to be a brilliant sales move. Early Impala models range in price from $1,500 – $10,000 and have great suspension and braking parts.

Ford Replaces the Falcon with the Maverick

Ford quickly decided to upgrade the Maverick model with a 210hp 302 option in 1971. The 302cu V-8 on the Maverick is one of the most popular engines in America and has countless modification potential. The Maverick ranges in price from $1,500 – $3,500 and makes a worthy opponent in autocross and road racing venues due to its Global West produced tubular control arms.

The Dodge Challenger: A Classic Ponycar

The Dodge Challenger’ luxurious interior and larger wheelbase became an instant hit among more affluent buyers when it was introduced in 1970. The restoration of the less expensive, less popular ’72-’74 models are good alternatives when investing in a project car and will range in price from $2,500 – $15,000. The big-block Hemi isn’t included on the ’73 and ’74 models and the ’74s don’t have a six-cylinder engine. On the plus side, there are more than enough modification options for the engine.

The Popular Chevy Nova

By 1968, Novas were designed with a front bottom frame similar to a full-framed car. The X-body platform was also incorporated in 1968, which used the same front suspension as the ’67-69 Camaro, until 1979. Many Novas come with small-blocks from the factory and are compatible with Chevy big-blocks. Novas range in price from $1,500 – $4,500, are easy to modify, and relatively lightweight. Ask for a consultation if you have questions about chrome plating restoration here.