Join Date: May 2010
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
As far as I know, for an application like this one would use a "paint" type coating. They come in dip, brush and spray on types. Some are water based and remove with special soap and water, some are solvent based and need a "chemical stripper" to remove. Which to use depends somewhat on the chroming process the plater uses and the cleaning and etching solutions they use. IOW, it's not a one product fits all solution. I think that's why platers prefer to do this themselves. The last thing they need is a contaminant in their tanks that compromises one of the steps. Not only will they have to re-do a bunch of plating, but they now have to dump their tanks and start fresh. Depending on the size of the operation, this could amount to 10's or thousands of dollars between chemicals and environmental dumping fees. The actual cost of chromium is a small part of the overall cost of plating ... as I'm sure you know.
I'm not an expert by any means. but the last time I was at a plating shop, some 20 or 25 years back, I did think to ask, as I had grand chroming plans that my budget at the time did not allow for .. LOL
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