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    Default How to hard chrome Stainless Steel?

    How can I hard chrome plate 303 Stainless steel?

    The purpose is for a hard surface rather than appearance.

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    Default Re: How to hard chrome Stainless Steel?

    Can't anyone answer this question?

    Does stainless 303 plate the same as mild steel or is there something special required to make the chrome stick?

    I hope someone knows if it can be done or not.

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    Default Re: How to hard chrome Stainless Steel?

    Plating Stainless steel is a special process which I have not tried yet. Hopefully someone will have an answer although I suspect it will be along the lines off the bond won't be that strong therfore it may defeat the purpose as the plating will flake off.

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    Default Re: How to hard chrome Stainless Steel?

    Electropolishing will give it a chrome appearance but I don't think it changes the hardness.

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    Default Re: How to hard chrome Stainless Steel?

    A partial answer to my question is here:

    http://www.caswellplating.com/pickakit/

    It shows which kits can plate which metals and according to it stainless steel can be plated with a hard chrome finish.

    I wish I had seen that before asking the question here.

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    Default Re: How to hard chrome Stainless Steel?

    There is never any harm in asking.

    cheers

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