Chrome Plating

Decorative chrome is designed to be aesthetically pleasing and durable. Thicknesses range from 0.002 to 0.02 mils (0.05 to 0.5 µm), however they are usually between 0.005 and 0.01 mils (0.13 and 0.25 µm). The chromium plating is usually applied over bright nickel plating. Typical base materials include steel, aluminum, plastic,copper alloys, and zinc alloys.Decorative chrome plating is also very corrosion resistant and is often used on car parts, tools and kitchen utensils.

Most bright decorative items affixed to cars are referred to as "chrome," meaning steel that has undergone several plating processes to endure the temperature changes and weather that a car is subject to outdoors. Triple plating is the most expensive and durable process, which involves plating the steel first with copperand then nickel before the chromium plating is applied.

Military Specification for Chrome Plating QQ-C-320B

QQ-C-320B