Is PVD worth it?

YES, PVD is a super-hard coating that is by far the most durable coating available today. Superior quality that will out last any traditional finish.

What materials can be coated?

PVD Coatings has proven to adhere best to chrome plated materials. Provided the material is thoroughly chrome plated with Nickel/Chrome almost any material can be PVD coated. PVD can be deposited directly onto stainless steel and titanium metals.  

What surface finish is required?

The PVD coating will not level or fill like an electroplated finish so surface imperfections will still be visible after the coating process. Polished or mirror surfaces are used to produce PVD polished finishes and brushed or satin surfaces to produce satin or matt PVD finishes.

What is the coating thickness?

The coating thickness is usually between 0.25 microns and 5 microns.

What temperature is the part exposed to?

Depending on the substrate material (Zinc, Brass, Steel or Plastic) the process temperature can be controlled from 50 degree Fahrenheit to 400 degree Fahrenheit.

How good is the corrosion protection?

Most of the industry standards are based on neutral salt spray (ASTM B117) or CASS (Copper-Accelerated Acetic Acid-Salt Spray)(ASTM-B368). Zirconium Nitride (ZrN) has shown to surpass 1200 hours of neutral salt spray and over 150 hours CASS on electroplated brass.

What Colors are available?

Depending on the evaporated metal (target) and the mixture of reactive gases used during the PVD deposition process, different colors can be produced. The range includes but not limited to: Brass tones, Gold tones, Black to Grey, Nickel, Chrome, Copper and Bronze tones. Results are available in a polished, satin or matt finish.

How do I clean my PVD?

PVD maintenance is simple. You can use a soft cloth with mild soap and water. Avoid all products designed to remove tarnish or rust, and contain hydrochloric, hydrofluoric, and/or phosphoric acid or caustic agents. Also avoid bleach and scouring pads (such as Scotch Brite®).

How hard is the coating?

The lifetime Brass finish is Zirconium Nitride (ZrN) and has a hardness of 2800 Vickers or HRc-80.

How should I send you my product?

Product must be received clean: completely disassembled, free of adhesive, oil, grease, powders, polishing compounds, and either Chrome Plated or Stainless Steel.

What is the largest item you can PVD?

Our systems are capable of high volume coatings.
Load Diameter = 35 inches or 900 mm.
Load Height = 60 inches or 1524 mm.
Load Mass = up to 6613 lbs or 3000 kg.

Can you coat over ABS plastic?

Yes, as long as the ABS plastic is properly chrome plated!

How long do I have to wait to get my product back?

PVD Coating delivers quality service in a timely manner, our standard turn around time is 15-20 business days.