With the help of technical hard chrome plating, coatings with extremely high hardness, excellent wear and corrosion resistance, excellent adhesion and homogeneity are achieved. In the process, the components are only exposed to very low temperatures so that no distortion occurs. Inexpensive base materials can thus be used for applications with higher mechanical loads. Hard chrome coatings can be excellently ground and polished, and high-gloss surfaces with roughness Rmax less than 0.1 μm (0.05 μm on request) can be realised. The targeted influencing of the surface topography and the microstructure, as well as the combination with different materials, offer additional functionalisation potential.