Surface Treatment of Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets
The faucet products are dazzling and varied in shape. Just say its “skin”, there are mirrors, matte, golden and other surface treatment,these styles must be cast by special techniques.
The faucet surface treatment process is roughly chrome-plated, nickel-plated, titanium-plated, painted, porcelain, brushed nickel, blackened, etc., each of which has characteristics that can bring different decoration to the bathroom or kitchen.
Most of the faucets on the market are chrome-plated. Chrome is a silver-white, slightly blue-colored metal. The chrome coating has high hardness and wear resistance, and its hardness is second only to diamond. Chromium（Cr）also has a strong passivation ability, is easily oxidized in the air, forms a very thin passivation film on the surface, and does not change in a humid environment, and can maintain the surface gloss for a long time, showing a similar appearance to a precious metal. It is very decorative, and it will not peel off when used for a long time. Therefore, chrome plating is the most common processing method in the surface treatment of faucets.
Tall Basin Faucet
Process features: moisture-proof and heat-resistant, durable, bright color and decorative.
Suggestions: the most common, and versatile, suitable for all kinds of bathroom space, the matching basin is suitable for white.
Metal nickel（Ni）has a strong passivation ability, and can quickly form a very thin passivation film on the surface of the faucet, which is resistant to moisture and some acid corrosion, so the nickel layer has high stability in a humid environment. In the simple salt electrolyte of nickel, the faucet can obtain a very fine crystallized coating, which has good polishing performance and can be polished to give a mirror-like luster. Depending on the nature of the nickel, it is suitable for use as a bottom layer, an intermediate layer and a top layer for protective and decorative coatings.
Kitchen Sink Faucet
Process characteristics: anti-acid and alkali, high stability, surface gloss as a mirror.
Suggestions: It is also a versatile model, which is equivalent to a chrome faucet.
In titanium, aluminum and tin elements or elements such as aluminum and vanadium are generally added to form titanium-plated gold. Electroplated titanium has the advantages of high height, low density, good mechanical properties, toughness and excellent corrosion resistance. The surface of the titanium-plated faucet is as smooth as a mirror, and its golden luster is like natural brass. It is reminiscent of gold, looks elegant and rich, and is very decorative. However, the process of titanium plating is complicated, and it is very easy to absorb impurities in hot working, so the yield is low and the cost is high.
Process characteristics: good toughness, corrosion resistance, color such as gold, looks noble and gorgeous, the price is higher.
Suggestions: In view of the specific shape, the titanium-plated gold faucet is suitable for the bathroom with two levels, the simple shape is suitable for the European bathroom, and the animal shape is suitable for families in Southeast Asia.
Apply primer and topcoat to the base of the faucet. Each time the paint is applied, it is sent to the dust-free constant temperature paint room for electric heating or high-infrared high-temperature baking to cure the paint layer. The faucet has a smooth surface and a lustrous color, which gives a piano-like visual texture, making the entire product look very good. However, compared with other surface treatment methods, the lacquer faucet is more prone to surface detachment and is less durable than conventional chrome faucets.
Process characteristics: The color is changeable, the gloss is outstanding, and there is a certain reflection effect. If the process is not good, the paint may appear.
Suggestions: With a modern style bathroom, it can bring a feeling of change, youth and unconstrained.
It is first made of alloy metal base, and then covered with low-melting porcelain powder on its surface, sintered and fused in a high-temperature vacuum ceramic furnace. The porcelain faucet combines the strength of metal and the beauty of ceramics. It has smooth surface, strong abrasion resistance, no deformation, stable color and acid and alkali resistance.
Process features: no fading, no water absorption, no deformation, beautiful and easy to clean, extremely test the craftsmanship of the manufacturers and designers, the price is higher.
Suggestions: The surface of the porcelain faucet has various patterns and can be selected according to the style of the bathroom. In general, the unpatterned is suitable for simple and modern style bathrooms, and the patterns are more suitable for European style bathrooms.
If the manufacturer wants to bring the metal texture to the faucet, it will usually be brushed on the basis of surface treatment such as electroplating (such as nickel plating). This treatment will make the faucet surface visually rough, but it will touch it. Quite delicate, showing a restrained beauty. Drawing treatment mainly relies on mechanical friction, which can produce several common textures such as straight lines, chaotic lines, threads, corrugations, swirls and broken lines on the surface of the faucet, and can create matte, mirror, three-dimensional, relief, Satin and other effects.
Process features: delicate handfeel, rich texture, and excellent hardness and corrosion resistance with nickel-plated faucet.
Suggestions: The brushed faucet is seven points tough and three-pointed, suitable for you and your bathroom. Compared to chrome and nickel plating products, it can give the bathroom a little more peace.
Unlike the smooth black surface of the paint faucet, the blackening here refers to the process of oxidizing the surface of the copper to form a decorative film. The composition of the film layer varies depending on the process used, so it is copper oxide (CuO), cuprous oxide (Cu2O), copper sulfide (CuS) or a mixture thereof. Black must form an oxidation surface on the copper surface. Copper is available.
Process characteristics: The appearance is light and elegant, and the anti-corrosion is strong. In addition to the black main tone, there are more sub-colors.
Suggestions: Compared with the simple style bathroom with black lacquer, this blackened faucet is more suitable for the “low-key and high-profile” bathroom, which can present a calm, simple and temperament-free bathroom space.