Metal finishing is used to treat the exterior of a metal product by applying a mechanical process or thin complementary patina layer to its surface. There are numerous types of metal finishing processes that can be used to create a truly bespoke finished product. Please call us if you are interested in any of the finishes we offer.
Some of the metals we use are heated before being textured. This presents our customers with a unique option. When certain metals are heated they will darken. When we give the textured metal a Scotch-Brite finish it will highlight the raised areas of the metal and reveal a very engaging look. This process will not remove all blemishes but will create more of a finished look and save time. Some metals will have no effect and are better left raw for a finishing process. If you plan on using our products to fabricate with, the raw finish may be a better option. Call us for more information.
Some metals have inherently beautiful color and tone to them. Occasionally, just a light brushing or polish is all they need to really stand out. There are a number of natural finishes available ranging from a rough "mill finish" to a highly reflective smooth finish.
Patina Finishes and Gold Leafing
Patina is a coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides, carbonates, sulfides, or sulfates formed on the surface during exposure to atmospheric elements. Sometimes it is necessary to recreate these finishes to match an existing structure. Other times it is used to enhance the look of the project or compliment the surrounding area. Patina is a live coating and will change over time if not clear coated. Depending on your application this may be more desirable. Gold leafing or guilding is a process where very thin sheets of gold are applied to the surface of the metal. It can be found in many works of art and architecture dating back to 400 BC.