Power of PVD
California Faucets currently offers an industry-leading 12 finishes in PVD, the most durable finish available today. And the list is growing. The PVD finishes currently available are:
Note: Due to the nature of photography and printing, these photos may not fully represent the true qualities of the actual finishes and should only be considered as guides. To experience the unique richness of California Faucets finishes, we recommend that you visit a showroom. For the location of a select showroom near you click here.
What exactly is PVD?
PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) uses a state-of-the-art process that molecularly bonds the finish to the faucet, creating a super-hard surface that is by far the most durable available today. Products with a PVD finish will not corrode, discolor, or tarnish. Even high wear and tear items like handles or pop-up drains.
These cutting edge finishes are so effective, we guarantee them for life against tarnishing, PVD has proven resistant to over 100 cleaning products and can withstand many harsh environmental factors such as salt air and hard water.
Don't get too "techie" with me, but how do you make a PVD finish?
Chrome-plated parts are cleaned to remove polished compounds, grease, oil or fingerprints prior to loading into a vacuum chamber. Once a low vacuum is achieved, the parts are cleaned on a molecular level using gas ions. Next, an electrical arc is used to evaporate metal from a solid metal target. Depending on the process, different pure metal targets are used. The metal vapor is immediately ionized (given a positive charge) and accelerated to the negatively charged parts (faucets). Result: The metal is molecularly bonded to the faucet parts and forms a thin, highly adhered metallic layer.
During the metal deposition cycle, various gases are introduced and reacted with the metallic layer. The combination of the metal and gas produces various colors depending on the metal and gas used. The final deposited layer, or color layer, is extremely durable and highly brilliant in color.
What does a PVD machine look like?
Glad you asked. Here it is: