Lacks has more fully validated exterior/interior automotive- and appliance-grade finish choices than anyone in the world: Electroplating, body color/accent mask paint and Spinelle™ Metal Finishes. Our industry-leading experience and total on-site capabilities make execution simple and seamless.
Spinelle™ and SELECTIVE Spinelle™ offer nearly any metal color or gloss while achieving field performance unmatched in the industry. Audi, Infiniti, VW and others specifically use Spinelle™ Metal Finishes to resist extreme calcium/magnesium chloride corrosion, including "Russian Mud."
Satin, Technium, Platinum, Iridium and Bright electroplated finishes all utilize Lacks' process expertise to offer superior wear resistance, and can be combined with Spinelle™ paint-over-chrome systems.
Great care is exercised to preserve your design theme. Industrial designers at Lacks work closely with you to perfectly achieve your vision for each part’s desired appearance, fit and function.
Our solution-oriented design team will explore surfaces that accentuate, reinforce and express the exclusive features of Lacks' technologies and capabilities, providing unique benefits for every customer.
Lacks utilizes real world prototypes to validate the applied technology and demonstrate its design possibilities.
For more than 50 years, Lacks has been setting standards for the industry:
Since 2000, advances made by Lacks have continued to improve product function, durability and design possibilities. Spinelle™ and Selective Spinelle™ Metal Finishes, the only fully validated exterior grade paint-over-chrome finishes, are just two examples of Lacks turning science into design.
Lacks has turned another corner with its success at improving fuel economy. eVOLVE™ composite wheel technology increases MPGs by 4 to 6% and improves aerodynamics (Cd 9 counts). xPOSE™, our newest wheel, expands design options even further.
Physical Testing Lab
Our comprehensive testing facility provides a single source for studies of all types, including environmental simulation and accelerated weathering as well as a growing number of physical and mechanical tests. We continue to expand our capabilities as new technologies become available.
Our expert staff has decades of experience in testing painted and plated thermoplastic parts for the automotive, appliance, marine and home product industry. Unrivaled knowledge and unwavering attention to detail allow our people to provide accurate and repeatable test results.
Lacks' ISO/IEC 17025 accredited facility undertakes independent field studies to identify product performance concerns before issues can develop in the field. Our technicians' work consistently confirms the findings of our accelerated test methods.
Lacks’ PhD and Masters level chemists go beyond the development of new products and processes — they develop the analytical techniques that fully support the robustness of every innovation.
Ongoing investment in the latest equipment allows Lacks to back its claims with proven science. Available tools include Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Digital Scanning Calorimetry, Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and other standard analytical methods.
When customers require analytical solutions, Lacks responds quickly — and without hesitation. By conducting our own industry-certified testing, our people are cognizant of potential issues and will investigate all options within the time constraints of schedule adherence.
From lab to pilot line to production, our scientists and engineers innovate attractive metal finish surfaces with high performance features.
Advanced instrumentation and automation controls stabilize the plating process. The result? Part-to-part consistency and higher productivity.
We carry out independent field studies and understand the correlation between process parameters, accelerated testing and real world performance.
Organic Coatings R&D
Lacks’ proven and fully validated coatings reflect decades of electrochemistry and organic coating expertise. Popular examples include our Spinelle™ and SELECTIVE Spinelle™ paint-over-chrome metal finishes.
We develop the complete coating, from resin synthesis and paint formulation through color development. Accelerated testing ensures your product stands up to the toughest industry standards. Millions of vehicles on the road confirm how well our coatings perform.
Our process engineering team has a proven track record of successfully launching new finish technologies into full production. We focus on continuous improvement through material selection, advanced automation and improved process controls.