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.


We always stand behind our chrome plating services at Classic Components Inc. The words show quality chrome plating are not just words to us, they are at the heart of our core values. However it is always great when we are asked to be a part to of great bike builds that get a lot of recognition.

Mad Wheels Inc. took home two of the three Baddest Baggers of the year from American Bagger Magazine. The past several months has seen a lot of custom bagger parts and requests to chrome plate bagger rims as everyone gets prepared for bike weeks across the country. Custom Baggers are more popular than ever and they keep getting more and more extreme and unique. Mad Wheels Inc., really thought outside the box with these two award winners. Check out the old school Knuckle Dragger sporting a 30” rim with CCI’s chrome plating complete with a white wall beauty ring. I love those white walls! The Sturgis crowd did too, as the Knuckle Dragger took home first place. Mad Wheels took it to the extreme for the Galveston, Texas show with it copper plated Rat Bike with a huge copper plated front rim from CCI.

We are proud to have to been a part of these great custom bikes, which represent some very original ideas. Chrome rim restoration for your Harley bagger parts and rims is as simple as a quick phone call to CCI at (888) 327-4189.

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