decorative finishing

Decorative Finishing vs. Functional Finishing

June 10, 2021 | Comments Off on Decorative Finishing vs. Functional Finishing

Surface finishing is a key method for adding value to a component. Both functional and decorative finishing can add value to a product: how are they different?

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PVD Methods Explained

April 17, 2021 | 0

PVD (physical vapor deposition) is a highly technical coating process performed in an artificial vacuum, known for its aesthetic and performance benefits. There are several different methods for producing PVD coatings, including cathode arc evaporation, magnetron sputter, electron beam evaporation, ion beam sputter, and laser ablation. Here we’ll discuss those PVD methods. Cathode Arc Evaporation […]

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What is Passivation?

January 15, 2021

After stainless steel part has been manufactured, an important additional step needs to be taken in order to make the part rust-resistant. This vital next step is called passivation which keeps the metal from corroding. What is Passivation? Passivation is a process which enhances the corrosion resistance of metal components. During the process, parts are […]

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ECF Achieves DecoKlad Certification

November 2, 2020

In September 2020 MacDermid Enthone presented Electro Chemical Finishing with our DecoKlad license. We are very pleased to announce that we are now an authorized chrome plating applicator for MacDermid Enthone Fashion Finishes®.  What Is DecoKlad?  MacDermid Enthone is the world’s leading supplier of plating chemistries to the automotive industry. In order to ensure that […]

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Luxury Fixture Finishes in 2020

March 31, 2020

In our last blog we talked about Kitchen trends for 2020, focusing on home design trends and how fixtures fit into that greater picture. There is a demand among homeowners for specific types of fixtures and luxury fixture finishes that stand out from the ordinary and make an aesthetically pleasing impact on a kitchen or […]

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2020 Kitchen Trends and Decorative PVD

January 25, 2020

Every year in January the attention of designers and manufacturers turns to what is new in kitchen and bath trends at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). All manufacturers of kitchen or bath related items hope to correctly predict the next big design ideas in order to produce the best products to meet upcoming […]

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Decorative PVD for Automotive Parts

November 25, 2019

Due to increasingly tighter government regulations, the auto industry has been compelled to increase the fuel efficiency of the vehicles they manufacture. One of the ways they have accomplished this is to reduce the weight of the cars they produce by using plastic materials instead of metal for many of their decorative touches. There are […]

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Satin Nickel Finish vs. Brushed Nickel Finishing

September 5, 2019

ECF offers a wide range of finishes for parts, including a variety of choices for satin finishes. Some of the terminology of these finishes can be confusing, however, so in this blog we will discuss how a satin nickel finish is different from brushed nickel and what that means for the finished parts.  Why Are […]

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What Metal Finishing Option Is Best For Your Product?

August 1, 2019

If your manufacturing company creates products consisting of metals, you know how important metal finishing is. Metal finishing processes are used to protect, improve performance, and/or enhance the appearance of an enormous variety of products. There are many different types of metal finishing options, however. How do you know which option is best for your […]

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Why Choose Decorative PVD?

May 21, 2019

A wide variety of products across the automotive, kitchen and bath, appliance, and home hardware markets feature decorative finishes. These finishes add beauty to everyday items and catch the eye of consumers. One of the best options for a decorative finish is physical vapor deposition or PVD. There are many benefits to a decorative PVD […]

What Is Electroplating Technology?

November 27, 2018

Electroplating technology has a very real effect on the products we see and use everyday.

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Electro Chemical Finishing Is a Certified Veteran-friendly Employer

May 11, 2018

Electro Chemical Finishing is proud to announce that we are now a certified veteran-friendly employer.

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How Surface Finishing Can Add Value to Your Product

February 2, 2018

Adding a surface finish to your product can add value to it in a variety of ways. Keep reading to find out how.

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How Plating on Plastic Compares to Plating on Metal

January 5, 2018

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between plating on metal and plating on plastic? Plating both materials have different benefits that you should consider when deciding whether or not to plate your parts. The process of plating plastic and metal parts is also different. Knowing how the process works can also help you […]

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