One of the most used electroplating processes is galvanising. This is used, to provide ferrous materials with long-term protection against corrosion. Some of the most common products that this is used for are balcony railings, the bodies of automobiles or the containers
of corrosive substances. Galvanised materials are usually not very visually attractive, which is why a second coating process (such as varnishing or powder coating) is usually conducted after the galvanising process.
Chrome plating is one of the processes used to increase visual attractiveness of a product. This is not only used for designing of the bodies of automobiles, but also for the sanitary and medical fields where armatures and items must be made easy to clean. To save costs, dishwashers, washing machines, driers and other white goods are now produced with chrome plated sheets rather than steel. Other processes include the anodising of aluminium and platinum plating.