The Nova-Chrome process releases hydrogen gases as they are forming on the cathode. Hydrogen embrittlement is drastically reduced, thereby eliminating the time and cost of elongated hydrogen baking. Because of the exceptional throwing power of our technique the chrome uniformly penetrates every pore of the base metal without otherwise typical build up on the sharp edges or corners
Because of the excellent bond to the base metal, Nova-Chrome does not chip, peel or crack as can result with conventional hard chrome plating. The dense, void-free hard surface eliminates corrosion problems which result from deep metal voids common in regular hard chrome plating; which eventually produce premature corrosion and peeling of the plated surface.
The fine crystaline structure of Nova-Chrome produces a controlled hard surface, and maximum resistance to abrasion over the entire length of the chrome plated area. Hardness can be varied to suit specific conditions. Along with extreme hardness, the smooth granular crystal structure is pliant to allow some degree of bending, curling and twisting without fracture.
A very smooth surface such as produced by conventional hard chrome tends to seize and gall under load bearing conditions. Ordinary chrome must be artificially fissured or etched to produce pores to hold an oil firm. This bares to base metal corrosion and peeing. By contrast, Nova-Chrome provides natural shallow surface indentations which act as tiny tapered land bearings for the oil film resulting in bearing load protection.
Chromium has a melting point of 3430 degrees Fahrenheit and is an ideal element for heat resistance. Applying with the Nova-Chrome process the result is free of porosity and micro-cracks. By applying a high luster to the plating, Nova-Chrome has become one of the best recognized heat reflectors in the metals field.