Our clients often require custom finishes applied to their product. Whether the finish be paint, acid, polish, brushed or another type we have done them all many times. We also have extensive experience in re-creating antique finishes for restoration and for applying finishes for seamless transition in newly appointed additions.
The patination of metals requires a masterful eye and methodical demeanour. Temperature, humidity, chemistry, and timing all play huge roles in achieving consistent results. We have consistently developed excellent finishes in bronze, copper, mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Using proprietary chemical mixtures and techniques our craftsmen transform bare metal surfaces into beautiful canvases.
Custom finishes may include:
Paint - lacquer, latex, powdercoat, wet-coat powdercoat, including custom colours and techniques - textured, faux, etc...
Anodizing - Anodizing is a treatment for aluminum which converts the surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion resistant, anodic oxide finish. This is an electrochemical process that thickens and toughens the naturally occurring protective oxide outer layer. Anodizing can make aluminum look like pewter, stainless steel, copper, brushed bronze, or polished brass and can also be custom coloured to any colour in the spectrum. Different sheens can also be produced from a mat finish to ultra-high gloss.
Black Oxide - Black Oxide, Blackening, Oxidizing, Black Passivating, Gun Bluing . . . these terms all refer to the process of forming a black iron oxide layer on the surface of ferrous metals. The black oxide process is a chemical conversion coating; this means that the black oxide is not deposited on the surface of the substrate like nickel or zinc electroplating. Instead, the black oxide coating is produced by a chemical reaction between the iron on the surface of the ferrous metal and the oxidizing salts present in the black oxide solution. These oxidizing salts include penetrates, catalysts, activators and proprietary additives which all take part in the chemical reaction. The result of this chemical reaction is the formation of black iron oxide or magnetite (Fe3O4), on the surface of the metal being coated. Black oxide has a range of unique properties and benefits that can be applied to a variety of industries.
Black Oxide on Stainless Steel - Black oxide can also be applied to stainless steel alloys. Blackening of stainless steel is more difficult than blackening steel alloys. It requires a separate and specialized process, which is not offered by all black oxide finishers. When processed correctly, black oxide on stainless steel produces a deep black finish that doesn't wipe off and is visually appealing.
Artistic Blackening - This type of steel finish involves the immersion and application of various acids to the surface of the product and most often produces a more ‘modelled’ colour than that of the black oxide process. More colours come to the surface such as blacks, browns, golds and even whites. This finish is very interesting. A surface sealant of wax or a lacquer must be applied afterwards for protection.
Electroplating - Electroplating is a surface covering in which a metal is deposited into various chemical solutions under an electric charge. Types of plating include: gold, silver, chrome, zinc, tin, and nickel. Within each of these types of plating selections we may also produce further types, for instance, bright nickel, satin nickel, and black nickel.
Galvanizing - Galvanization of steel is a zinc coating recommended for outdoor applications where the finished product will be under constant weather abuse and where its more industrial finish is of little or no concern. This coating is a bright silver colour and may also be painted.
Polishing - Polishing and Brushing of metals brings the natural lustre of the material to life. From high gloss to satin brushed finish and everything in between; our in house polishing department will produce to your spec. A ground or brushed finish may also be applied in conjunction with another finish in order to achieve an even more unique quality.