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Achieving a chrome finish at a third of the cost
Can anybody suggest a method of achieving a chrome effect finish on mild steel wire? For the product we are manufacturing chrome is not cost effective and yet I need to achieve a 'near chrome' finish to ensure the success of the product.
I have been advised that a bright nickel or zinc finish will achieve the result or possibly a very bright silver powder coat. Is anybody able to offer advice on these finishes or indeed a solution to cutting the cost of a chrome type finish on steel wire (approx. 8 mm dia.).
It depends on the environment and what you are trying to do, of course, but bright acid zinc plating would probably be the most economical alternative. Nickel would be virtually as bright as chrome.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
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finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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