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About Our Chrome

The Chrome process can be applied to virtually any surface. We are happy to show you samples for your evaluation along with a DVD information presentation at our location. In fact, the samples we will show you feature our three-layer finish on two different substrates: Fire-glazed ceramic and a composite fiberglass. We have purposely chosen these substrates for our sample pieces because they best illustrate the outstanding properties of the Spectra 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. Painters commonly sand a surface before painting to provide a rough texture that grabs the new paint layer and helps adhesion. The sample tile has not been sanded prior to spraying the basecoat, and the Chrome three-layer finish still demonstrated perfect adhesion.



The basecoat, metal spray, and topcoat layers; when applied together, demonstrate superior adhesion to virtually any substrate. Adhesion is vital when offering this finish. Don’t assume that a decorative chrome finish automatically has good adhesions, test it for yourself! Below are some of the way our customers tell us they have tested the Hi-Tech Chrome for adhesion:


Cross Cut Test:

Chrome_CrissCrossThis is probably the most common 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, cut a criss-cross pattern into the sample piece. Be sure to cut through the 3-layer finish into the substrate. Place pressure sensitive tape over the cut pattern and apply firm pressure. Pull the tape fast or slow at any angle from the substrate. You will witness perfect adhesion of all squares and cut lines.


Scratch and Blow Test:

Chrome_ScratchandBlowTestThere 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. You can simply scratch the surface with a screwdriver while blowing the cut edge with compressed air at full pressure from your compressor. People report using extremely high pressure for this test and none of the finish is blown off past the point of the induced scratch!


Hammer Shatter Test:

Chrome_HammerShatterTestA customer described this test to us. When asked what he thought of the samples, the customer replied; “They look great! And I’ve got to be honest, I took your ceramic tile and smashed it with a hammer. It shattered into small pieces, but I couldn’t get even one speck of the chrome finish to come off any of the broken edges! That was sure impressive…”


Chisel Test:

Chrome_ChisselTestOne of our customers described using a hammer and chisel to gouge into the Chrome finish. We encourage the use of any or all of these techniques in combination. We are confident that you won’t be disappointed with the performance and adhesion of the Chrome finish when used over any substrate.



Dog Chew Test:

Chrome_DogChewTestThis test is NOT recommended; however, it did make one of our customers an instant believer in the Chrome adhesion and durability!

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