Picking them on friday ... they look awesome
ah, ok, so its similar, yet diferentsxty8goats said:Electroploishing is not chroming. It is much cooler
The Stainless Steel parts are attached to an electrode and submerged in an acid bath. the Anode is in the tank and electricity is applied. eletricity flows from the part to the anode. This causes changes in the SS. First effect is to draw some of the carbon from outer layer. It also melts the surface slighty and the chrome in the Stainless at the surface is exposed and molten. This leaves a really shiny surface that is slightly harder than the original SS. It also is more resistant to oxidation. (sp?) There is some metal loss but it is usualy less than .0005 inches
That may not be 100% correct it is just the breif explination I received a year ago. We use it in the medical manufacturing industry for many of the product contact systems.
Chroming invloves layering metal on the part, (I think the order is Copper, Nickel then Chrome) and adds to the part. It is much more expensive. the final results are aproxamatly the same in apperace. This is also an electrical process but the current flows in reverse and the baths are copper soulution, nickel soulution exc. I think Chrome leaves a harder surface but EP'd metals can not chip and flake like a Chromed part.
I know there is a primary layer of copper in chrome jobs that are done on plastic parts. They may not use it on metals I'm not sure.GTOdriver7 said:ah, ok, so its similar, yet diferent
oh, and i believe that the process for chroming is acid bath, nickel, chrome.
or for copper it would be acid, nickel, copper.
but im only about 95% about that.