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Zartan - a substitute for chrome plating?


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I am looking for information about a barrel plating process I remember reading about some years back (15 years ago?) It must not have turned out to be very popular if it is not currently available. Perhaps I'm wrong but it seems the product name was "Zartan". It was very similar in appearance to chrome plating but quite easily done in a barrel. I do remember fasteners being available in this finish and that it was next to impossible to strip the coating using normal strips for nickel or chrome. I don't know if the process is still available but would appreciate any help or information that anyone could pass on.

George Paton

November 17, 2008

We have been using Nickel Zartan for years. It is a cost effective alternative to Chrome, it looks good and holds up well. It works well on small parts as it is a barrel process. Parts are first coated with nickel, then the Zartan. The nickel is the rust preventative, like chrome the Zartan is for looks.

Donovan K. Norton
- La Verne, California

June 2, 2009

Hi, Donovan. Thanks for the real-life experiences with Zartan. Very helpful! However, it is not fully accurate that chrome plating is for looks. It symbiotically contributes to the corrosion resistance of the finish -- for example, nickel-chrome plating with microcracked or microporous chrome have repeatedly been found to be substantially superior in corrosion resistance to non-micro chrome. (Readers may be interested in our Introduction to Chrome Plating).

This is not to imply that Zartan doesn't contribute as much to corrosion resistance -- I don't know. Thanks again.


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

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