Types of PVD & PECVD Coatings for Different Applications

VaporTech physical vapor deposition (PVD) and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) thin-film coatings enhance your product’s look, feel, functionality, and durability. These PVD coatings are not simply metal layers. Instead, they are made of materials that combine metal, nitrogen, oxygen, carbon, or other elements into optimized coatings that meet your needs.

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VaporTech offers many PVD and DLC coatings for your specific industry and application. These include:

  • Durable/decorative applications: Improve your product’s durability, appearance, and value with beautiful metallic coatings in a wide range of materials and colors.
  • Performance applications: Improve wear rate, corrosion resistance, coefficient of friction, hardness, toughness, or heat resistance.
  • DLC PVD coating: A perfect choice for both decorative and functional coatings with performance characteristics, durability, and distinctive shades from graphite to black.

Types of PVD & PECVD coating materials

Zirconium-based coatings

Zirconium nitride (ZrN), zirconium carbonitride (ZrCN), & zirconium oxycarbide (ZrOC) coatings.

Diamond-like carbon (DLC)

Maximize durability, reduce friction, or improve appearance.

PVD chrome

PVD chromium and chromium nitride (CrN) coatings for durability, color choices, and wear resistance.


Titanium nitride (TiN) and titanium carbonitride (TiCN) add hardness, wear resistance, other functional properties, and distinctive PVD coating colors.

Antimicrobial coatings

Copper-based PVD coatings for antimicrobial applications (pending EPA approval).


VaporTech thin-film systems can deposit finishes that are up to


harder than plated chrome.