A Japanese company called YP System has developed a new type of surface processing technology for metal. Called Color CB, this proprietary plating technique adds a thin layer of ceramic to the surface of the part and can be imbued with color. Once the part is placed under stress, the finish will not flake off. Take a look:
YP System plans to target the automotive, aeronautical and construction industries, all of which need to deal with metals under stress. Is there a consumer product application for Color CB? That will be up to you designers reading this.