According to the Specialty Steel Institute of North America (SSINA), [Web site www.ssina.com], stainless steel is a low carbon steel
containing chromium levels of 10 percent or more by weight, while the carbon content is less than one percent.
Though originally intended for use on chrome plating, Micro Tuff gets similar results when applied to nickel-plated tools and even unplated stainless or carbon steels
. Tony Kupper, project manager at Plating Resources, says Micro Tuff has also been applied to arc-sprayed nickel-shell (or other metal) tooling, but he has no information on performance results.
It was to prove the technical viability of the process for carbon steels
on a large scale.
Currently, its proprietary alloys include standard and premium manganese steels, high strength martensitic steels, chromium molybdenum steels, high chromium alloy irons, heat resistant stainless steels and carbon steels
Low carbon steels
(less than 0.30 % carbon) are used for many applications.