For many parts of aircraft interiors a chrome look remains in high demand, but the electroplating process that is required to apply chrome is very complex, expensive and harmful to the environment with high rejection rates. However, there is no need to forego the much-loved appearance of chrome: Mankiewicz has developed a paint that achieves a chrome look, but is much safer, faster, less costly and less harmful to the environment.
Paint has been used for quite some time to simulate metallic effects – but chrome occupies a special place in the range of metals. The pigments in the new paint are so fine that the human eye can no longer discern them. This causes the surface to appear metallic and the effect is comparable to that achieved by electroplating. Mankiewicz will present the technology at AIX for the first time. The system can be applied as a single coat, which makes very economical use possible. The product palette includes various colour nuances whose application would be conceivable for hand rails and buttons, for example.
The new chromium replacement layer is one of many developments that Mankiewicz have driven forward in the last decade to contribute to environmental protection and sustainability. Mankiewicz will exhibit its latest highlights on stand 7E40 at AIX.