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Chrome look-alike coating system for furniture

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Interested in a coating system looking like chrome plated for metal furniture.

- Sweden

Hi, Lennart. There has been some use of acid zinc plating, followed by a clear lacquer, for such things as bicycle rims. But really, nothing is going to look like nickel-chrome plating except nickel plating either with real chrome or a chrome substitute topcoat.

So you can perhaps use trivalent chromium, or a cobalt-based substitute for chromium, but all the preliminary steps, including nickel plating, remain. Good luck.

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Cobalt nickel alloy gives a good substitute for chromium plating.

sara michaeli
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Sara Michaeli
chemical process supplier
Tel-Aviv, Israel

Maybe, Sara. I've heard some platers rave! But I also saw this finish on large parts at SUR/FIN this week. And on large parts it seemed to look pretty "yellow" and nickel-like to the three people in my group.

We can probably get used to it, and maybe we ought to for ecological reasons, but "it ain't chrome".

Ted Mooney,
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You could try an acid tin with brightener or a zinc cyanide, copper cyanide with tin chloride, caustic stock.

Good luck,

David Guleserian
- Rhode Island


A substitute that works real well for color is the Aurolyte process, a Tin/Cobalt process.

Richard Zuendt
- Garfield, New Jersey

(1996) <-- note the age of this entry; there has been some progress since!

Nothing that I've seen, and I just came back from Sur-Fin where these kind of alternatives were displayed, Richard, really looked like chrome to me. If it did, I think the suppliers would be giving us spectrographic analyses.

Personally, I think the thing to concentrate on is performance -- and just let us all get used to whatever color performance happens to come in.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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