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CHOOSING A METAL FINISH

CHOOSING A METAL FINISH

Get the most effective metal finish with these options to choose from

Metals are on all the main items we interact with like hardware, faucets, and lighting so it’s something we see daily.
Metal is now considered a feature so where we once didn’t care too much if it stood out or not, now it’s a strong element of a room’s story.

More than one metal finish?

Yes, you can have more than one metal colour in your home by using pieces that combine metal or steel colours. If that’s still not your thing try metals by room instead, like a silver bedroom but black dining room. 
This guide reviews some major finishing methods, as well as applications and considerations for choosing a metal finishing process. Some of the general advantages of metal finishing

Here are some great options

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Blackened Steel

Blackened steel is simply when metal goes through a process to give it a darker finish than its original color. There are multiple methods that can be used to achieve a blackened aesthetic. The color outcome can range anywhere from a lighter gray to a very deep black

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brushed steel

Brushed or dull polished metal is metal with a unidirectional satin finish. It is produced by polishing the metal with a greaseless compound or a medium non-woven abrasive belt or pad. Commonly brushed metals include stainless steel, aluminium and nickel.

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galvanized steel

Galvanizing, or galvanization, is a manufacturing process where a coating of zinc is applied to steel or iron to offer protection and prevent rusting. There are several galvanizing processes available, but the most commonly offered and used method is called hot-dip galvanizing.
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mill scale steel

Mill scale, often shortened to just scale, is  the flaky surface of hot rolled steel. Mill scale is formed on the outer surfaces of steel sheets and produced by rolling red hot iron or steel billets, this protects it from atmospheric corrosion.

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polished stainless steel

Mirror finishes are highly reflective and created by polishing the stainless steel. The polishing process enhances appearance and consistency, making cleaning easier. It also masks the after-effects of welding and hides any surface damage.

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powder coated steel

Powder coating is a dry film process, using finely ground particles of pigment and resin which are electrostatically charged and sprayed onto  grounded sheets. Before coating, the sheets must be pretreated and are available in a variety of colors. 

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blasted steel

Blasted steel provides a clean, consistent, streak-free finish and makes it suitable for panel-to-panel matching. Produced by the impact of a hard, inert medium onto the surface of a sheet metal which results in a non-directional, uniform surface with a soft satin reflection; but low reflectivity.

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satin coated steel

A satin metal finish is an all-purpose, polished finish that gives the metal a smooth, unidirectional appearance. Available for a variety of metals and steel, the satin finish is achieved by sanding the stainless steel in one direction using a grit belt followed by a softening and buffing process

have fun!

Choosing your steel finish is an exiting part of the process. It is a very versatile medium and can be combined fluidly to most any themed environment. Enjoy.

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