Originally Posted by opt33
if you decide on swiftech, may wish to go with chrome ones over black. The swiftech chrome fittings are nickel plated brass with final layer of chrome plating/hardening, just like most chrome plating is done including durable marine pumps.... the black ones ? are nickel plated brass with layer of black paint. here is swiftech white paper with specs: http://www.swiftech.org/About_fittings.pdf
too late, the black ones are in transit to me LOL. nickel under paint, huh? crap, always something LOL. I thought there is bare brass under painting. oh well, hopefully they don't corrode, will see.
chrome plating is fine ... but I believe the difference for marine pumps vs water cooling fittings sits in price and plating method, it's much cheaper (in both meanings) for computer loop fittings among majority of vendors ...
does anybody know what plating or metal is under paint of BitsPower Matt Black? in specs they only state "brass and e-coated black color finish" which doesn't tell much if anything at all regarding details... do they mean paint electrophoresis as e-coating? If so then Swiftech uses the same process for Black paint finish.
This process explained here:
if you are referring to the below section of Swiftech's article, there is no mention of Nickel plating under black paint as far as I can see.
Durability and quality of finish
Using a tool to fasten your Lok-Seal™ fitting will contribute in greatly reducing wear & scratches on the black painted versions and almost completely eliminate damage to the chrome versions.
Black fittings use an electrophoresis process, resulting in a thin, even and durable coat of paint with a glossy finish.
Chrome plated fittings are processed in the same plant as our water-block bases, which are already reputed for their durability and they bright mirror finish: for reference, chrome plating is an additional metal deposit on top of an existing coat of nickel plating. Many of our competitors stop at the nickel plating stage, which is cheaper, and results in a yellowish tint as opposed to the bright white finish provided by chrome.
In fact Nickel plating is under Chrome plating, but they do not specifically mention Nickel plating under Black paint.Edited by feniks - 8/15/13 at 8:01am