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Hard Chrome Plating

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Hard chrome plating can be used for a variety applications:
  • to reduce friction between moving parts
  • to improve parts’ durability by boosting their abrasion and wear resistance
  • to minimize seizing or galling
  • to increase parts’ oxidation resistance
  • to restore worn parts to their original dimensions
Also known as industrial chrome or engineered chrome, hard chrome is, as the name implies, very hard—generally between 65 and 69 on the Rockwell Scale. It is considerably thicker than decorative chrome, with standard thicknesses ranging from 0.2 mm to 0.6 mm (200-600 µm); for extreme wear resistance requirements, it can be 1 mm (1,000 µm) or more in thickness. Because hard chrome plating does not have a leveling effect, increasing its thickness tends to magnify surface defects and roughness. However, this can be overcome by plating extra thickness, then grinding down and lapping to m