Traditionally only one type of plastic was able to be chrome plated – namely Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic. This material is used for a wide range of plastic moulding of parts for chrome plating. ABS materials contain properties which enable the parts to metallise through the application of specific plating chemistry in the pre-treatment stage.
A Class Metal Finishers are experienced in the plating of ABS plastics (volume production products and restorations). And they have now developed processes based partially on available technologies and partly on their own process innovations which allow chrome plating of any plastic materials.
This is exciting for car and bike customisers and restorers as well as designers. It offers scope for the chrome plating of items that previously couldn’t be chrome plated.