Brushed Chrome vs Polished Chrome

Chrome plating, more commonly referred to as chrome, is a process in which a thin layer of chromium is electroplated on to a plastic or metal object, forming a decorative and corrosive resistant finish. The plating process used to create both polished and brushed chrome finishes is initially identical. Polished chrome is, as the name suggests, polished whereas brushed chrome is brushed through finely scratching the surface. The finishes therefore both look and perform differently in day-to-day use. It is important to understand these differences as it may affect your enjoyment of your decorative components’ investment.

What does Polished Chrome finish look like?

The finish produced is mirror like (highly reflective) and corrosion resistant, protecting the plastic underneath from oxidation or rust. This finish is often referred to as bright chrome or polished chrome. While it is easy to clean, it's not always easy to keep clean. You will be familiar with polished chrome on cars, motorbikes and home appliances, etc.

In the home, polished chrome is frequently found in bathrooms, on taps and towel rails. That is why the polished chrome finish is a popular choice for fittings in a bath and washroom. It is also popular in kitchens that have polished chrome appliances such as those decorative parts for kettles, coffee machines, refrigerator, washing machine and toasters.

Polished chrome finishes are striking and fit with most décor styles, from vintage/period and deco to modern and contemporary. It does not stain or tarnish easily, making it the perfect choice for the kitchen, bathroom or washroom. However, it's not easy to keep clean as fingerprints and water marks build up, needing to be wiped to maintain a flawless finish.

Polished chrome switches and sockets often come with a choice of either black or white insert, giving consumers extra choice concerning their décor matching and styling. Black inserts are often chosen for more modern and contemporary settings, with white inserts often being favored for a more traditional look and feel.

What Does a Brushed Chrome Finish Look Like?

A brushed chrome finish is achieved by finely scratching the surface of the chrome plate after plating. These fine scratches produce a satin/ matt effect which significantly reduces the reflectiveness of the surface.

This finish is easy on the eye and has the added benefit of obscuring fingerprints and marks. This makes the brushed chrome finish a good choice for busy households and commercial premises with a lot of traffic. Brushed chrome has grown significantly in popularity in recent years and is now the most popular choice of finish. Brushed Chrome switches and sockets work best in modern and contemporary settings, though their subtle appearance compliments most décor styles. They can be purchased with both black and white inserts, which changes the tone and appearance. Black inserts are often preferred in modern and contemporary settings, with white inserts being chosen for more traditional appeal.

What is the difference between Polished Chrome and Nickel?

Polished Chrome and Nickel have similar properties and finish. They are both highly reflective and have silver tones. However polished chrome is considered to be colder with a slightly bluer tone. Nickel is warmer with what is considered a slightly yellower/white tone which can give the appearance of ageing. Both are a popular choice for bathrooms and wet-rooms as they do not corrode and match well with polished chrome of nickel fittings such as taps and towel rails.

About CheeYuen

Established in Hong Kong in 1969, CheeYuen is a solution provider for plastic part manufacturing and surface treatment. Equipped with advanced machines and production lines (1 tooling and injection molding center, 2 electroplating lines, 2 painting lines, 2 PVD line and others) and led by a committed team of experts and technicians, CheeYuen Surface Treatment provides a turnkey solution for chromed, painting & PVD parts, from tool design for manufacturing (DFM) to PPAP and eventually to finished part delivery across the globe.

Certified by IATF16949, ISO9001 and ISO14001 and audited with VDA 6.3 and CSR, CheeYuen Surface Treatment has become a widely-acclaimed supplier and strategic partner of a great number of well-known brands and manufacturers in automotive, appliance, and bath product industries, including Continental, ALPS, ITW, Whirlpool, De’Longhi and Grohe, etc.

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Post time: Dec-09-2023