Browse Publications Technical Papers 2011-36-0210
2011-10-04

Brand New Technology: Chromed Plate Appearance Painting with Potential Use in Internal and External Automotive Parts 2011-36-0210

The automotive industry is spending a huge amount of money searching for new technologies, focused on cost reduction of product and/or process, quality improvements and nowadays aiming for environmental improvements.
This paper shows a new technology applied to the automotive industry and a new development of production process of painting with chromed plate appearance. Chromed plate is a traditional electrolytically deposited chromium coating on the first surface of plastic components used in several automotive parts to improve the vehicle jewel effect, more often to differentiate luxury levels into a vehicle platform (in this case for top level vehicles), but with some dramatically important issues, such as: process scraps, part costs and heavy metals in their composition.
This new technology is environmentally friendly chrome appearance (water-based without heavy metals), and has reduced costs, compared with the traditional process of chroming. This new paint technology can be used to bring a new visual effect of any automotive part polymer, since no matter the shape of the part, everything can be painted, and the effects of cosmetic jewelry will be achieved, for sure.

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