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Metalizing refers to a process by which goods and products are covered with a “finish” or “coating” that protects them from damage. The most popular type is physical vapor deposition (PVD), but there are many others, and they all serve the same purpose: the protection of your wares.
So how do you get your products metalized? Some people buy their own vacuum metallization equipment, but those can be expensive to ship and complicated to work, so others turn to metalizing services provided by industrial companies. Professional metalization can save you a lot of time, energy and money, but you’ll need to make sure you choose the right business. Your goods are important, and your metalizing service needs to treat them as such.
If you’re in the market for a metalizing service, here are just a few tips for finding a company that will get the job done.
First things first: How much can you afford to spend on metalizing services? Keep two numbers in your head as you browse potential companies. The first should be the number you don’t want to exceed, and the second should be the number you cannot exceed. If you find a metalizing company that’s slightly too rich for your blood, call or email them and ask if they can do anything for you.
2. Turnaround Time
This is another important consideration when choosing a metalizing service. How long will it take them to finish your coatings? Be sure to request a schedule or estimated timetable when you’re handing over your goods; it will keep you informed while also putting pressure on the company not to slack off. It’s more binding when it’s in writing.
A local metalizing service is probably your best bet; if you can transport your products with a good old-fashioned truck, you won’t have to worry about expensive shipping costs for ferries or planes. If you’re willing to pay top dollar for the best, however, there are metalizing companies that will take distance orders.
These are just a few things to keep in mind as you search for metalizing services. Whether you’re coating toys or automobiles, protecting your goods is the act of a responsible professional, so make sure you don’t delay. Every minute your goods are un-coated is another minute they’re vulnerable to damage.