Why reflectors are not chrome-plated

A lot of people want to have their reflectors chrome-plated.

Please read below why we don’t chrome them.

Reflectors have originally in the old days been silver plated which produces white light. Continual polishing though was a bit of a bugger. So they decided to give the silver a “flash” of rhodium (a platinum metal). This stopped it from tarnishing. Silver plating in those days needed to be polished prior to the rhodium flash = labour cost. Thereafter it required an additional cleaning process prior to the rhodium flash = more labour and process costs.

Silver started to get expensive, so they turned to nickel instead.

This still required a rhodium flash to stop it from tarnishing. Instead of rhodium on top of nickel they could have used chrome. However using chrome would have given off a blue light which has a different wave length to the white light produced by silver, nickel with or without the rhodium flash, thus reducing greatly the distance that the light would travel = no good for driving around at night! In the meantime reflectors are made of plastic and not steel.

Like everything else in life people endeavour to produce smarter, cheaper, faster and better. “Vacuum Metallising” solved all these problems. In the process they were able to reduce the environmental impact caused by the plating process. Importantly though it gives off a white light!

Vacuum metallising covers the substrate with a very thin coat of aluminium. This is then coated with a weather and UV resistant lacquer.

The whole process is carried out under vacuum. Aluminium is then evaporated and deposited onto the substrate, which would be the reflector. The set up for such an automated process is extremely expensive and are mainly tied up with large in-house production facilities of car manufacturers.

Recommendation: try to find a “job shop” close to you.

It’s not all bad news though: Should you have any item made of plastic or fibre glass and you require a hard wearing and durable surface that will be handled a lot. Then our process is the way to go with an average of 150 um of copper, 30 um of nickel and a generous coat of chrome (usually measured in angstroms)1 angstrom = one hundred millionth of one centimetre.

Don’t ask me how many angstroms there are on the item, I really don’t know!

However we make sure that there is no nickel exposed. This is also referred to as a “nickel blow”.

We hope to have addressed your question adequately.

Bronzed sentimental items

484663_634488473246828_728440571_nDon’t know what to do with those tiny baby milk-teeth your mother always stored in an old matchbox in the garage?

Sentimental items of babyhood as well as other strange but dearly-held objects, are being gold, silver or copper-plated.

A lot of people call this process “bronzing”
Other popular items that some parents never quite have the heart to throw away include baby’s locks, rattles, bonnets, bibs, dummies(pacifiers)and locks of hair. Anything can be “ bronzed” or encased in metal to keep the meaningful memories

Could you get excited about bronzed signatures?

chrome+gold-plated signatureAre you tired of the same old gold trophies?
Listen closely. What if I told you we bronze signatures? Well I’ve got news for you.
Yes we can. Walter came up with an absolute amazing idea that can add value to any special awards. This technique is not done anywhere else. Throughout life, there are many special events that deserve recognition. Why not give something very special?
It is our concept to transform an ordinary item into an object that fascinate. So far we have bronzed 2 signatures, one for Steven Menzies and one for His Royal Highness of Malaysia.
A few months ago the Prince exhibited his RX7 at the Motor ex in Sydney. Some of our customers knew that we specialize bronzing on any base materials (not metal) such as paper, cardboard, glass, fiberglass, wood etc. they wanted to give the Prince something special.

Novel idea, don’t you think? There is absolutely nothing that we haven’t bronzed.
What would you think off? I dare you to challenge us.

Bronzed footyboot of Steve Menzies

S.Menzie's copper bootBronzing is technically an electroplating process, but most people are unaware of
that term. We have received phone calls from women asking for the price of having the whole body bronzed. This is not what we do.

In our case, an actual layer of heavy copper is electroplated onto an object to produce a bronze-like surface. This electroplating is the method traditionally used for “bronzing” of baby shoes. But to electroplate a non-conductive item like baby shoes or any other materials (not metal), a conductive material must first be applied. Then the electroplating can begin.
Advertising under Bronzing is difficult for our business, although we still appear on the first page.If you do a Google search under Bronzing you will come up over 2 million instances of the word. So you can see I must work quite hard at advertising
Every year we create the special awards for the NRL players. They are beautiful keepsakes to remember them as the heroes they once were and still are.