What is the difference between Satin chrome and Satin nickel

Satin Chrome plating is an alternative finish to bright chrome and is a popular effect for many platic items, parts and components. We can offer different types of satin nickel which have a profound visual effect on the finish. A very dark matt, semi matt, semi bright.

This chrome finish offers a duller and more subtle appearance compared to bright chrome and is therefore a fantastic option for a modern look. Satin chrome is often used for items around the household & automotive and creates a contemporary metallic finish.

Satin Chrome Main Uses:

Common products include: metal locks, door handles, key holes, light switches, electrical power sockets, door numbers, light fittings, taps and shower heads. This finish is also regularly employed for golf clubs.

Satin Chrome Benefits:

Chrome plating is produced by the technique of electroplating a thin layer of chrome onto a electroplated satin nickel coating. Chrome plating can be used for decorative purposes, but also provides other benefits such as corrosion resistance, increased hardness and easier cleaning. As with bright chrome, the chrome plating technique involves electroplating a thin layer of chromium onto plastic.

Trivalent chromium which is an environmentally friendly process that produces a slightly greyish blue tinge.

The hexavalent chromium which has some health and safety issues as a process but not as a finish and produces a more bluish tinge.

Satin nickel can be electroplated onto various substrates such as ABS, PC+ABS,etc.

Electrophoretic lacquer can also be applied on top of the satin nickel to produce a satin metallic finish.

A satin chrome finish is produced by electroplating chromium on top of the satin nickel, the chrome is generally 0.1 – 0.3 microns to prevent the nickel from discolouring. The satin nickel can vary from 5 – 30 microns depending on what environment the component is subjected to. The harsher the conditions the thicker the deposit of nickel and chrome required.

There are varying degrees of satin nickel such as a really dark matt or a semi matt finish.

A brushed satin effect can be produced by brushing the nickel on a fibre wheel or sateen mop.It is then processed in a gloss or matt electrophoretic lacquer to reduce finger marking or to protect the nickel from tarnishing.This can replicate a satin stainless steel effect.

Satin Nickel Finish Main Uses:

Satin nickel is used in many industries and applications, such as:

kitchens and bathrooms


architectural hardware

brewery fittings

domestic appliances etc.

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: Jan-03-2024