PALATINE, Illinois, USA, July 23, 2019 – APC’s President, Richard Macary, and Director of Quality and Operations Manager, Dishant Tailor, kicked off the SUR/FIN 2019 technical conference with their paper, “Black Chrome Finishing – Beauty and the Beast,” held on June 3. 2019 at the Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois. This very first paper presentation of the conference was part of the Automotive: Innovative Decorative Finishes session.

Black chrome plating has been commercially available for over 50 years. The original black chrome plating is described in Mil-Std 14538 which deposits black chromium from a hexavalent chrome electrolyte.

Over the past 10 years, there has been commercial development of black chromium deposits from a trivalent chrome electrolyte.

This paper reviews black chrome plating deposit characteristics, operational considerations, environmental health and safety, market applications, as well as alternatives to black chromium. To read the entire paper as posted on, click here.