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How to Choose Between Stainless Steel & Chrome October 10, 2020

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How to Choose Between Stainless Steel & Chrome, Fairfield, Ohio

If you're looking for a strong, dependable, and visually appealing finish for your business's machinery, there are two main options from which to choose: stainless steel and chrome plating. They each offer several benefits, but their composition and applications are markedly different. Below, learn more about these differences, as well as some common projects in which you would use stainless steel or chrome-plated machinery.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is an alloy mix comprised primarily of iron and chromium. Common stainless-steel additives include nickel, carbon, copper, and manganese. Stainless steel naturally possesses significant resistance to corrosion and high and low temperatures and offers a sturdy and protective surface. It is less likely to show fingerprints with regular use and doesn't require much in the way of maintenance.

Chrome Plating

chrome platingChrome plating is a layer of chromium electroplated onto a metal object. However, no object is ever made of 100 percent chrome, other than the plated surface. Like stainless steel, this surface is temperature resistant, provides a reliable protective layer, and has few maintenance needs. However, chrome plating is shiny and more eye-catching than stainless steel, and it will never rust as long as it stays free of scratches and dents. Chrome-plated objects tend to be lighter than stainless steel items, so if you need to move machinery around with any regularity, chrome will be much easier to maneuver.

Types of Projects

Both stainless steel and chrome-plated machinery are well-suited to many different environments and working conditions. If your business requires certain hygienic or sterilization standards, stainless steel can be easily disinfected. Stainless steel is frequently used in the creation of construction materials and kitchen accessories and in the gas and oil industries. You'll find chrome plated machinery used in an array of different industrial applications, including automotive and mechanical parts, hydraulic rod cylinders, pistons, pump shafts and rotors, and agricultural equipment.


When you need chrome plating, trust LWG Finishing. Since 1957, this Fairfield, OH, provider has supplied metal services to individuals and businesses throughout the region. They offer chrome plating, sandblasting and grinding, electroless nickel coating, and many other services. Call (513) 860-1156 or visit them online to request a free quote.

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