A decent alternative would be to look into nickel electroplating. I have watched some you tube videos on the topic, and the process doesn't look too hard at all. I do think it could use some polishing afterward to get a bit more luster, but all in all may hold up better than powder coating. I have used "Super Chrome" powder and it is good enough for the projects I need it for. I have wanted to nickel plate a rack or two though. Maybe ill give it a go on some hardware and see ho she goes this winter.