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topic 10668

Chroming of ABS Parts


Could you please tell me if it's possible to chrome an ABS plastic part that was coated aluminum or copper using a thermal spraying (metallizing) process. The thickness of the aluminum skin is almost 1/16th on an inch.

I would appreciate your advice.

Basel Haider
- Bahrain


The thermal spray would have to be a low or very low temp application. Typically this would have a great amount of oxides and pits, which would make a good chrome job difficult to impossible. The TAFA dual wire arc system puts on a very laminar coating with very very few pits and oxides. This may or may not work.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida


It's possible to chrome plate anything.

But without further parameters from you it's nearly impossible for anyone to answer your implied questions about appearance, adhesion, durability, and practicality. You haven't yet told us whether you are interested in hard chrome plating for engineering purposes or nickel-chrome for decorative purposes.

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

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