Superior Durability Features
Our chroming process can be applied to virtually any surface. When applied together, our multi-layer coating process demonstrates superior adhesion. Adhesion is very important to us when offering this service to our clients.
Below are some ways we've tested our process.
We have purposely chosen these substrates for our testing because they best illustrate the outstanding properties of the chrome finish.
If anyone has ever tried to paint a fire-glazed ceramic surface, they know just how tough it is to get good adhesion. The surface of the glazed tile is difficult to sand because it is very hard, super-slick, and non-porous.
Cross Cut Test
This is probably the most comment test in the industry and is very easy to perform. It is excellent for evaluating the adhesion of multi-coat systems.
This test is classified as American Standard of Test and Measurements(ASTM) D3359.
Using a razor knife or blade, we cut a criss-cross pattern into the ceramic tile sample piece. We made sure to cut through the three-layer multi-coat finish into the substrate. We then placed a pressure sensitive tape over the cut pattern and applied firm pressure. We then attempted to remove the tape "fast" and then "slow" and at various angles away from the substrate.
RESULT: Perfect Adhesion of all squares and cut lines
Scratch & Blow Test
There are ASTM test procedures which utilize compressed air emitted from expensive portable testers. These testers are calibrated to provide a quantitative value for the forces emitted at the point of failure.
We simply gouged the surface of the composite fiberglass while blowing the cut edge with compressed air at 120psi from our compressor.
RESULT: None of the finish was blown off past the point of induced damage.
Hammer Shatter Test
Another simple test we performed was the "Hammer Shatter Test". Taking a standard hammer, we shattered the ceramic tile into small pieces. We did this to see if we can get the chrome finish to come off any of the broken edges.
RESULT: Not even one speck of the chrome finish was able to come off any of the broken edges.
Using a chisel and hammer to gouge into the finish of the composite fiberglass, we attempted to see if can get the finish to "flake" off the substrate.
RESULT: No "flaking" was seen and finish remained in tact.