PVD Coatings for  Engine / Drivetrain Components & Automobile Interior & Exterior Trim

Improve the function and durability of high-performance automobile engine parts, drivetrain components, and interior and exterior trim with an in-house PVD coating system.

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Unlike other industries where physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating has a single durable-decorative or performance application, PVD coatings do double duty in the automotive world. Apply PVD for automotive trim or improve engine/drivetrain components with a PVD coating system.

VaporTech PVD Coatings

What is PVD coating?

How does vacuum deposition work? What are the benefits? Get the answers in our FAQ.

VaporTech performance coatings

Performance coatings

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Durable color coatings

The value-added beauty of VaporTech decorative coatings.

Drivetrain and engine component PVD coating system

PVD coatings make your engine parts and drivetrain components last longer, operate more efficiently due to lower friction, withstand high temperatures, and resist corrosion. Our finishes, deposited by our VaporTech® PVD & PECVD/DLC coating systems, coat internal combustion engines, drivetrain components for both ICE/EV vehicles, and interior/exterior decorative trim.

For performance applications, our coatings improve the hardness and durability of even the hardest, heat-treated steel. Adding elements such as nitrogen can produce even more durable chrome alternatives such as chromium nitride (CrN), significantly improving performance in high-wear applications. Coated parts include:


  • Fuel injectors/plungers
  • Gears
  • Hydraulic/pneumatic cylinders
  • Pistons/connecting rods/pins
  • Valves
  • Followers/tappets/camshafts
  • Turbo thrust bearings/seals
  • Shock shafts
  • Fasteners

Interior/exterior trim PVD coating machines

Trim manufacturers match desired automobile trim colors using PVD coating systems. These automobile PVD coatings include:


  • Chrome: VaporTech PVD coating systems are a safe PVD chrome alternative to hexavalent chrome auto trim and offer an alternative as a PVD chrome coating machine-like system. The PVD process can deposit a pure chromium coating to your metal or (coated) plastic parts.
  • Black trim: VaporTech black PVD coating is not only visually impressive but also adds a durable layer of protection to parts and products. Our black coating deposits a pure, neutral, long-lasting black that adds durability to car and motorcycle trim.