Like most good things, metal doesn’t last forever. If left unchecked, rust and oxidation will corrode the metallic components in your products, leaving them a shadow of their former self. If this wasn’t convincing enough, there are a number of reasons why you should invest in chrome plating and restoration services for your beloved vehicle, ornaments and furniture pieces.
Chromium metal is highly valued for its durability and corrosion resistant properties. Many products are coated in chrome through the process of electroplating, but the metallic layer is vulnerable to deterioration. Refurbishing the chromium layer will reinstate the benefits of installing it in the first place.
So, why should you plate your products in chrome?
Benefits Of Chrome Plating & Restoration
Chrome plating is a method of safeguarding metal from corrosion. It adds a protective layer that extends the lifespan of your product, but it also adds aesthetic value through its lustrous shine and sleek finish. If the external chrome layer is compromised, the metal underneath becomes exposed to oxidisation (rust). This process is commonly used on vintage vehicles, jewellery, furniture, machine parts and more. Adding a chromium layer can also make your product easier to clean, as well as increase its overall hardiness.
It’s ideal in circumstances that present a higher risk of corrosion, such as the outdoors. This is why it’s a popular choice for vehicles and motorbikes compared to other plating materials, like steel, that bend under pressure. You can expect your chrome plating to extend the lifespan of your metallic product. This will depend on the conditions of the environment it is in and the thickness of the plating. While it is resistant to corrosion, it’s not impervious.
Can You Avoid Metal Corrosion?
While rust and corrosion are hard to stave off completely, it’s less likely to happen if you keep your chrome plating in pristine condition. Make sure you fix dents and scratches that expose the metal underneath quickly, as contact with air and moisture will speed up the oxidisation process. This is why it’s important to keep your chrome in good condition.
Thankfully, chrome restoration is designed to prevent this problem. Dents, pitting and surface damage can all be restored to preserve the life of the metal underneath. No matter how small the amount of rust and dullness is, you should never use DIY solutions such as vinegar to fix it. Vinegar is acidic, and chrome is very susceptible to acid exposure. Vinegar can damage the finish of chrome as it breaks down the metal. If you’re not sure whether your metal product requires chrome plating or restoration, we recommend asking a professional metal finisher for advice.
What Are The Benefits Of Chrome Plating & Restoration?
Chrome is a metal that’s appearance will always deteriorate over time, so investing in a chrome plating or restoration service means that you can preserve the aesthetics of your metallic products. Chrome is a soft metal, which means that it can sustain damage relatively easily. Proper maintenance, cleaning and care will keep your chrome products looking shiny and new. Our specialist team can carry out premium restoration services to resurrect dull, tarnished and damaged chrome.
Contact Us For Chrome Plating & Restoration Services
If your vintage car, motorcycles or ornaments are in desperate need of TLC, get in touch with our expert team for top-tier chrome plating and restoration services. With a cumulative experience of over 70 years, you can have faith that we will restore your metallic items to their former glory.