Anyone experienced in restoring things like old cars or industrial equipment knows just how challenging it can be to deal with rust. In fact, a good offense is far more effective than a good defense when it comes to stopping rust from damaging your metal. With that in mind, let’s look at how chrome protects and why using chrome plating is such a good idea.
Chrome, short for chromium, is one of 92 natural elements found on the periodic table. While chrome is a metal like iron, it’s not useful in its pure form. Rather, the true value of chrome comes from its application onto other metals.
For example, it is common to hear something is “chrome plated.” This means that chrome is applied as a layer over another metal, not that the entire metal is pure chrome. Chrome appears as reflective and bluer than other shiny surfaces. Chrome plating is highly regulated due to the health issues it can cause when absorbed into our bodies. As a result, many wells are carefully tested for chrome levels to ensure the continued purity of the water.
Why Chrome Plating is Used
Chrome plating protects the metal from rusting, which is a great trait for things like chrome handrail systems that are exposed to the elements 24 hours a day. It dramatically reduces and even helps prevent rust from forming. Because of this, chrome plating is used for many manufacturing (hard chrome) and display (decorative) purposes.
It is important to know that not all chrome plating is the same. You should only use chrome plating that is layered. This typically includes an outer sacrificial layer as well as an interior protective layer. Creating chrome plating that is worth using can be an extensive process often involves a number of challenging steps.
While laborious, the end result is well worth it. Chrome plating can dramatically increase the life of whatever it is applied to. It is used for everything from dishes and utensils to high-powered machinery. In addition to increasing the longevity of what it is applied to, it will provide a shiny surface that is reflective, bright, and visually engaging. Chrome plating comes with both aesthetic and functional benefits.
There are countless resources available if you are interested in learning more about chrome plating. If you have any questions about how it might be useful for a project you have in mind, the experts at CE Metal Fabrication are happy to help. Contact CE Metal today to find out how we can help you with your home improvement project!