When working with stainless steel, you often need a smooth, clean and bright finish. This could be for functional reasons or appearance concerns. Whatever your reason for needing a proper surface finish, our team here at Hard Chrome Specialists can achieve it. The right surface can help increase the life of your products, components and equipment and give you many more hours of reliable service. It can also increase the value of your products that serve an aesthetic function. Whatever your reasons for a clean, smooth, polished surface, electropolishing services from York-based Hard Chrome Specialists are the smart choice.
We are a PA leader in industrial electropolishing and have been serving customers since 1988. We can handle any size of electropolishing job and will apply the right steps to guarantee the surface finish and appearance you’re looking for. Take the time to read about what electropolishing is and understand how it can be the solution to your stainless steel finishing needs. In some cases, electropolishing can replace other costly procedures — such as manual polishing and mechanical cleaning — and save you money in the long run.
What Is Electropolishing?
Most of you will be familiar with mechanical polishing. This describes using an abrasive to wear down uneven surfaces and create a smoother finish. The problem with mechanical polishing is that it can be hard to get into all areas of complex shapes and volumes and the abrasive action leaves directional lines. Here at Hard Chrome Specialists, we have experienced craftspeople who can get an impressive smoothness and finish on your products using mechanical polishing. But for that perfect final finish, electropolishing is the key.
Electropolishing uses an electrical current to remove ions — and therefore material — from your parts. The ion removal is greater at microscopic peaks than are created with mechanical polishing. Your parts are attached to a metallic rack through which a positive current is passed. Submerged in an electrolyte, your parts are "reverse plated" as the excess material roughness is electrically eroded off. With the rough peaks on your surface removed, you end up with a smoother surface than one that has been mechanically polished — since this method introduces new scratches while removing old ones.
Electropolishing Services in York and Across PA
More and more PA customers are discovering the advantages of electropolishing and benefiting from our decades of experience as an industry leader. Based in York, PA, we cover the needs of customers all across the state, in communities like Hershey, Lancaster and Harrisburg, as well as states across the country. We are conveniently located to provide fast, reliable service for all of your polishing needs. Our state-of-the-art electropolishing services include advanced equipment that can be adapted to a wide range of products, materials and sizes.
You won't find that same flexibility with smaller job shops that aren't equipped with the industrial electropolishing equipment that we have here at Hard Chrome Specialists. Our 14,000 sq ft plant gives us the space to tackle whatever electropolishing job you can throw at us. We apply all of our experience and knowledge to every job we do, and we're proud of the quality of our results. Our PA customers can attest to our customer service and the reliability of our electropolishing, so let us know how we can help your business.
Benefits of Electropolishing
As the ions are removed from the surface, the peaks are reduced in height, giving a smoother surface finish. The result can be felt and seen and allows critical dimensions and fit-ups to be respected. Because your parts are submerged in a bath, there is no directionality to the material removal, meaning all surfaces of your parts are smooth and uniform. This is useful for many customers requiring a smooth surface finish for functional reasons, as well as industrial customers looking for an attractive, appealing surface for cosmetic and aesthetic reasons. In both cases, electropolishing from Hard Chrome Speicialists in York, PA is an excellent solution for your surface polishing needs.
In most cases, our experts remove the bulk of the material with traditional mechanical abrasion polishing and follow up with a final electropolishing. We are proud to be a PA leader in the field and will take the time to understand your materials, products and application to propose the perfect electropolishing solution.
Contact our team today for more information by filling in our online contact form or giving us a call. Let us show you all of the advantages of electropolishing and prove to you that we deserve our reputation as a top choice in Harrisburg and York for all of your industrial electropolishing needs. We can also propose our industrial cylindrical grinding services to get your cylindrical parts smooth, so tell us about your application today.