1.) PVD

Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) is a process that has been used for many years in a wide variety of industries and products, including aerospace, surgical/medical, firearms, watches, optics and more.  PVD has recently been adopted in the automotive industry, specifically with wheels/rims.  A typical manufacturing process uses powder coatings for both the base and clear topcoat layers.  Sandwiched between these powder coatings is a metal alloy that is applied under vacuum.

While the process can be quite effective, it suffers the drawbacks of a clear topcoat that is susceptible to both physical and chemical degradation.  Scratch and UV resistance is low, as well as resistance to scratching and marring.

Cerakote Clear Coats are an obvious replacement for the clear powder topcoats used in such processes.  Our clear coatings have high hardness and mar resistance, and are UV stable.  They also have high chemical resistance and are not affected by aggressive wheel cleaning compounds.  High adhesion and outstanding durability make Cerakote Clear Coats the topcoats of choice in automotive wheel, and other PVD applications.