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Nasa Technology on a tap - PVD finish

Amongst all the finishes available for our taps, shower mixers and shower kits, by far the most popular choice is the PVD finish.

But what is PVD and how does it work? Well, PVD or to give it its full name, Physical Vapor Deposition, is a high-tech vacuum deposition process where the coating material transfers on a single atom or molecule level, which provides an extremely pure and high-performance coating. In recent years, it has become more popular as an alternative to electroplating and the PVD process is more environmentally friendly than electroplating and provides a more uniform deposit and improved adhesion. PVD coatings on tapware are used to enhance decorative appearance by providing a variety of colours and a beautiful finish as well as providing a protective barrier which increase wear resistance.

PVD finishes are resistant to scratching, tarnishing, abrasion, corrosion and discolouration, offering a high level of hardness and setting the benchmark on wear resistance. Unlike powder coated and painted finishes, the colour in a PVD finish is molecularly bonded to the tap, becoming one with the metal itself. Powdercoat finishes are baked onto the tap, meaning they wear quickly and are prone to chipping, peeling and scratching, alternatively inFinium PVD finishes are approximately ten times more scratch-resistant than any other colour finishes.

Our Damixa Silhouet range comes in 4 PVD finishes; Steel, Polished Brass, Brushed Brass and Brushed Copper. Our Hotbath Cobber, Cobber X and Cobber@Work ranges come in 3 PVD finishes; Natural Brass, Brushed Brass and Brushed Copper.

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