With snowstorms spattering about the country, it is clear: winter has arrived. There are very few good things about winter. Hot chocolate and staying inside watching TV online are some of them. Also, finding money in the pockets of winter clothes one hasn't worn in months is always a bonus. (I found $6 this week. Score!) And, I am not ashamed to tout the glorious virtues of winter coats. So, whether you love winter or not, here are some tips to help you pick a coat that will keep you happy all the cold season long.Wear coatings and dry lubricants [Diamond Chromium Coating (98Rc) which exceeds the boundaries of standard coatings, and Thin Dense Chromium Coating (78RC), a low-temperature, multistate surface finishing process] that will solve corrosion and wear problems, saving both time and money. Unprotected surfaces of major ferrous and nonferrous base metals are subject to several forms of corrosion. Combined with fatigue, corrosion is the significant contributor to the breakdown of the metals. Corrosion is a natural process which reduces the binding energy in metals creating oxidization of the metal which weakness the metal and can cause structural damage. Even stainless steel is not immune to some forms of corrosion. Due to higher surface hardness, Diamond Chromium Coating and Thin Dense Chromium outdoor powder coating factory have a longer wear life than stainless steel. Coating less expensive metals as opposed to using chrome or stainless steel can provide a relatively large cost savings, while at the same time increasing the wear life.Benefits of Chromium CoatingsKey technology can reduce the problems associated with severe corrosion. Even pitting, one of the most destructive forms of corrosion, can be avoided with the use of corrosion resistant coatings providing increased efficiency and a reduction in maintenance costs.Unlike conventional chromium coatings, proprietary processes (both the XADC Diamond Chromium Coatings and the Thin Dense Chromium (TDC) coatings are not off-the-shelf products. They have been custom-engineered to provide a coating solution for problems associated with corrosion and wear abrasion. Chromium is a natural corrosion resistant product. Superior coatings won't crack, chip, or peel. They provide an excellent solution for protecting nearly all ferrous and non-ferrous metals including common molding steels such as H-13, S-7, P-20, 420SS, A-2, D-2, and copper alloys.Before You Buy Before you even start looking for a new winter coat, there are a few questions you should answer.How much money do you want to spend? A winter coat is worth investing a little cash, since you'll probably be wearing it for many seasons to come, but coats come in a variety of prices, so set a budget and only look at coats within that range.What level of warmth will be necessary? Do you walk a lot in the winter? Drive? Take public transportation? Determining how much time you spend outside in the winter months will help you decide how warm your coat needs to be.What function will the coat fulfill? Are you looking for a casual coat or a career coat? A coat you can ski in or a coat you can wear on a date? (Unless you are going on a ski date. I don't do such things, so I have no advice for you there.)Will this be your only coat or will you be able to have more than one? If your budget, and your closet, can accommodate more than one winter coat, you can go for one traditional selection and one more funky and fun. If you're just getting one winter coat, versatility is best. Ideally, every wardrobe should have an outwear coat and a knee-length coat.