UIC’s Tech Center has announced Nickstar,
a decorative black nickel technology that deposits a thin and highly uniform over-coat
of black nickel-zinc alloy, preserving the substrate’s brightness while producing an exceptionally rich black nickel finish.
Nickstar is a lustrous, and highly versatile
decorative black nickel:
- A deposit thickness up to 2 micron
can be achieved with rack or barrel applications.
- If a thicker deposit – or very high
corrosion performance – is desired,
a heavy nickel undercoat can be used.
- Greater hardness can be achieve
easily with an optional salt additive.
- Color density, from darkest black to
softer hues, can be modified easily
using a hull cell.
- A distinctively elegant appearance can
be produced when Nickstar decorative
black nickel is dual-toned with UIC
Nickstar decorative black nickel is
exceptionally well-suited for automotive
interiors and for upscale sporting goods,
where it diminishes glare and improves durability. It is also ideal for hardware, plumbing, architectural and other decorative uses that demand a luxurious finish with
a long service life.
Nickstar achieves a deeper black finish than
any competitive nickel process alternative,
and performance characteristics superior