“Chrome features are popular, but the use of chrome is being reduced. From 2024, the EU is banning the use of hexavalent chromium, although trivalent chromium with slightly different properties can be used,” says Peregrina Iglesias, whose speciality is the application of paints and varnishes and special effects achieved with them.
Peregrina shows, for example, objects with applied layers of varnish that have a very specific texture or graphic design. A painted part, especially an interior one, can be given a random pattern of coloured droplets, or a coating with a surface texture resembling rough paper. Consequently, the coating can give decorative parts, such as mouldings, a completely new tactile quality.