Hardide coatings are deposited as a uniform, crack-free coating that is tough and ductile enabling it to survive impact and shock loads.

In many cases the Hardide coating matches the impact resistance of the coated metal. Under impact, it will deform with the substrate and will not chip or flake. The Hardide coating will not crack until the substrate reaches its yield point and even then, it remains bonded to the surface.

Brittleness and poor impact resistance are among the characteristics of traditional WC/Co hardmetals, with HVOF WC/Co coatings also known to crack and spall under high load and high cyclic fatigue conditions. These drawbacks restrict the use of cemented carbides and spray coatings on tools and wear parts operating in conditions where shock loads and impact may cause fracture and catastrophic failure. This makes Hardide coating the first choice for many components operating in these demanding conditions.

The images below illustrate the Hardide coating’s ability to survive impact as well as significant substrate deformations and shock loads without spalling or cracking.

Hardide - Chemical Resistant Coating
Impact Resistant
1mm diameter indentation from impact
HVOF - Chemical Resistance
Scratch test
50 microns thick Hardide-T coating on steel

The absence of cracking, chipping or spalling demonstrates the unique toughness and flexibility of the Hardide coating.


A steel test ring with 50 microns of Hardide coating was crushed to test coating adhesion and toughness.

Hardide - Chemical Resistant Coating

The crushed test ring showed no flaking or coating separation from the substrate.

HVOF - Chemical Resistance

The Hardide coating  retained integrity at the flat side of the ring despite significant deformations.

Hardide - Chemical Resistant Coating

The Hardide coating cracked only where the substrate cracked at the crushed end of the ring.