Despite their superior tribological properties, thick-layer bearing coatings based on polyetheretherketone (PEEK) have up to now not been applied in a very high number of plain bearings for industrial applications. This can at least partly be credited to the high costs and low flexibility associated with the coating process for these materials. At the same time, while thick-layer polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coatings have been successfully applied in industrial plain bearings for around 50 years, thin-layer PTFE coatings today constitute the majority of applications of PTFE in plain bearings. It is therefore reasonable to assume a similar approach for thin-layer PEEK coatings. This article reports the performance of a thin-layer PEEK coating directly applied on a mild steel substrate, with results ranging from first sample test through component tests to application in an actual machine and behavior during realistic operating conditions and induced bearing failure.