The term "passivation" quite simply means rendering a surface passive, or not prone to corrosive attacks when subjected to corrosive elements. In the case of stainless steel, the passivation layer is created naturally after the metal is fabricated and comes into contact with air and water. While this layer does offer some corrosion-resistant properties, the nature of stainless steel fabrication can lead to problems.
Even when great care is taken, cutting, bending, welding and polishing tools can leave behind particles that get embedded in the surface of stainless steel tanks and other equipment. These surface disparities act as initiation sites for corrosive attack much like contamination in a paint job can cause paint to flake and the base metal to rust. Proper passivation can help eliminate these weak areas and render your chrome surfaces more resistant to corrosion and wear.
Hard Chrome is a PA specialist covering the polishing and industrial passivation needs of customers in York, Harrisburg and across the state. We have been in business since 1988 and are experts in industrial stainless steel passivation. Our industrial passivation process helps ensure that your steel parts are clean and free from surface contamination and helps your stainless steel parts last longer. Allowing us to create reliable, consistent passivation surfaces on the surfaces of your parts, components and equipment is the best way to ensure a longer life and less risk of costly downtime or material failure.
A PA Leader in Passivation
Your local business deserves a local partner for your surface finishing needs. Hard Chrome Specialists is based in York, PA and has customers all across PA, MD, and the rest of the country. We are especially popular with customers in Harrisburg, Hershey and Lancaster who trust us to deliver value and expertise with our advanced passivation services. When you request passivation from Hard Chrome Specialists, we study your materials, part geometry and surface requirements to create the perfect passivation profile.
Because we are local, we can deliver faster response times for urgent jobs and get to you quickly when you need us. That's why more customers are choosing Hard Chrome Specialists for all of their surface finishing services. We can handle projects of any size and scope, so contact our team and tell us about your passivization requirements. One of our specialists will get back to you and prepare a quote.
How Passivation Is Performed
Our industrial passivation involves cleaning the surface of your steel components to remove all particles and contamination. Depending on the nature of your materials, we will choose the best etching solution (typically citric acid). This acid dissolves all non-passive particles and disparities on the surface of your materials or parts and renders them less susceptible to corrosion. The chrome surface can then form its most resistant protection layer against corrosion, wear and scoring, ensuring many more hours of reliable service and an attractive appearance free from rust, marks and blemishes.
At Hard Chrome Specialists, we have more than 14,000 square feet of space and can handle any size of passivation job. Our customers have come to trust our knowledge and experience for all of their metal surface finish needs. When you contact us, we sit down and discuss your materials and applications with you. We don’t believe in a "one size fits all" mentality — your industrial passivation project deserves a unique solution that gives you the passive surface your products and materials need.
That is the advantage of choosing a trusted partner like Hard Chrome Specialists for all of your passivation needs. We take the time to study your application and find unique solutions that are adapted to your equipment and the way you use it. With decades of experience in the business, we can help your PA business achieve the equipment reliability it needs to stay competitive. It doesn't matter if you're looking at passivation for new equipment and components or requesting refinishing and repair of existing materials, our expert team can deliver the passivation results you're looking for.
Contact Us for More Information
We invite you to contact us by filling in our online contact form or giving us a call. Our experience means we can add value to your project and provide the passivation solutions that are best adapted to your requirements. Come and discover how we’ve become a PA leader for customers in Harrisburg, York and beyond and let our friendly and helpful team answer any questions about our industrial stainless steel passivation.