Impact Coatings’ PlastiCoater™ offers highly efficient solutions for plastic metallization, allowing integration of injection molding, PVD and lacquer. Typical applications are decorative finishing, reflectors, mirrors, and electrical components.
We provide a number of decorative PVD metallization alternatives to traditional chromium plating on plastic. Strict regulations using hexavalent chromium in near future are expected to limit the use of chromium plating in the industry. Optimal PVD alternative depends on technical requirements, plastic material, etc.
1-layer metallization produced with Lean PVD can be a very cost-efficient decorative solution for common construction plastics (PC, ABS, etc.), when demand on scratch resistance is low. Examples are decorative car components that are protected behind screen on the dashboard (frames, meter rings, pointers, etc.).
2-layer and 3-layer decorative solutions, with PVD metallization and various lacquers/paints are used for all plastic types as demands increase. Chromium plating specifications are fulfilled using a 3-layer solution: Primer (UV lacquer) + PVD metallization + Top-coat (UV lacquer).
BrightPhase™ is a chromium plating replacement coating developed by Impact Coatings. It is used directly on plastic, or lacquered plastic, to form wear resistant decorative finishes. The BrightPhase ceramic coating can be made in different colors. It can match metal-colors, e.g. chromium, aluminum and stainless steel, but also be made in colors like black, gray, brown, purple and blue.
Reflectors and mirrors
Plastic reflectors and mirrors are produced very cost-effectively using integrated molding and metallization. For these applications the PlastiCoater provides combinations of sputtered metal coatings and various surface activation and passivation processes, including plasma polymerization from HMDSO.
PVD is also very suitable for metallization of plastic parts for electrical applications. Plastic is used for isolation, but also for low weight and low cost. The metal forms a conductive film on the plastic, e.g. for EMI/RFI shielding.