Metallic finishes are a convenient way to enhance the appeal of the base material, even give it a completely new face. But they can do much more than that. Well-chosen metal finishes also improve the material’s properties, making it more resistant, durable, and long-lasting. At ArchiPro, we offer a selection of metal finishes for a variety of applications and results. There are different types of metal finishes: metal powder coating, brushed metal finishing, hammered metal finishing, oil-rubbed metal finishes and more.
Stains and treatments can either enhance or completely change the appearance of the original material. One wood species can mimic another. Similarly, it’s possible to achieve the beauty of a particular type of metal on the surface of another one.
A metal finish is the specific surface appearance. The finish depends on the texture, colour, and lustre of the treated piece. For instance, a polished hammered bronze finish doesn’t necessarily mean that the item is made of bronze. Often it’s a piece of other metal treated with metal paints and given bronze finish properties - shine, lustre, and texture, with a characteristic brown/gold hue.
In the same way, modern copper, silver, or bronze faucets are rarely made of precious metals. They’re just treated with corresponding metal finishes.
Products made from bronze are highly decorative, but many are actually made from other metals and treated to mimic bronze finish. Such an approach made it possible to produce accessible items at a more affordable price than 100% bronze.
The powder coating process comprises two phases. The first is applying a dry powder through an electrostatic process, and the second is curing the surface with heat. The method produces high-quality, functional and appealing finishes.
Brushed finishes are commonly applied with a paintbrush that may leave hints of the brushstrokes on the metal. The subtle texture is more on the matte side, suitable for camouflaging fingerprints and other marks.
Hammered finishes feature visible texture in the form of an abundance of small dents and imperfections. The look is ideal for rustic and vintage designs.
Naturally shiny metals such as bronze, brass, and copper can look astonishing with an oil-rubbed finish. However, giving metals an aged, patinated appearance can be costly and time-consuming. It typically requires manual rubbing of quality oils onto the surface until achieving the desired look.
Matte finishes are non-reflective and refined in appearance, good in concealing fingerprints and other marks. The colour palette can range from light silver to jet black to bronze.
Polished finishes are high-maintenance, requiring routine buffing to keep the glossy appearance. Their style shows fingerprints and watermarks easily, hence not making a suitable choice for faucets and shower fixtures.
A satin finish is similar to the brushed one, minus the brushstrokes. The smooth surface is very discreetly textured, falling to the middle ground between shiny and matte. Satin finishes tend to be costly but are convenient and not prone to show scratches and marks.
Antique finishes are perfect for traditional and rustic designs, with surfaces made to look like they developed a patina over time. This look works beautifully in rustic designs.
Any metal can be treated with a specific finish to achieve a certain look.
Metal finishes can increase the base material’s functional properties, such as chemical and tarnish resistance, and extra protection against corrosion. Aluminium faucets can be anodised for improved corrosion and wear resistance, extending their life span indefinitely.
Different abrasive powders are used to smooth out the metal. Grinding machines can create a uniform surface while blasting machines deliver a matte look.
If you need assistance to find the right metal finishes for your home or office, ArchiPro provides a connection to the various professionals, ready to assist with all requirements and questions. Simply click "Contact supplier" on the product's page, or visit the supplier's website directly from the product's page.