The technique of electroplating a thin layer of chromium onto a metal object is termed as chrome plating. This plating provides corrosion resistance, eases cleaning procedures, increases the surface hardness and also offers a decorative shine. Decorative chrome plating –This process is also called nickel chrome plating as it sometimes involves electroplating nickel or both copper and nickel before thinly plating the chrome. Nickel adds a smooth; non-corrosive and reflective touch to it. Chrome further adds a bluish cast and prevents the nickel against tarnish thus minimizing scratches and corrosion.
Decorative chrome plating is a widely used process for automotive parts (door handles, fog light bezels, wheels and grilles,...) and domestic appliances (such as shower heads, faucets and light fittings,...).