Sooo many Cool Finishes! How do I choose?
It's definitely a quandry! We have several different styles and looks to choose from. Whether its a rustic or modern, natural or industrial look you're going for, we have a finish for you.
Take a look at our examples on this page and see if it makes the decision any easier ;)
Unfinished steel is great if you'd like to add your own artistic style or colors to match your decor. If left unfinished, bare steel WILL rust if left to the elements, but thats a fun look sometimes too!
Depending on the piece, there may be some "dross" or "slag" on the back side of the material. "Dross" is the material that collects on the underside of the material as it's being cut. We remove the majority of the dross, but in the unfinished state, there may be some remaining.
Raw, unfinished steel. Generally has a green/gray cast too it. Might be slight to heavy scratches across the surface. Just as it comes off of the plasma table.
Bare Steel "Peep"
Rocky the squirrel ready for your finish or to rust naturally.
Rocky the squirrel with a bit of natural patina. Ok, it's rusted, but Rocky is workin the rust!
After the piece is burnished to prepare the surface, our next step is the final finishing. This consists of a few different options. Our most popular finishes are our patinas. These patinas are applied via a chemical dip or spray and then are cleared to seal the metal from the elements. A special UV resistant clear needs to be used for pieces that will be outside, so please let us know if that's the intent for your piece.
We're adding a few more patinas to our list but our most popular are the "Copper", "Flame" and "Bronze". Each finish is completely different depending on the material, burnishing pattern and even the amount of time between coats. Each piece will be unique and the only one truly like it.
Burnished & Brushed Steel
Burnishing is our first step towards adding some texture or pattens to the metal. After burnishing the steel with various grinders to achieve a certain look, either a clear coat is applied to preserve the look or a color or patina is applied in another step.
Brushed steel is quite a bit more labor intensive, so only available by custom order.
Brushed Finish Available
at extra charge.
Paints, Stains & Powder Coats
Another couple of GREAT finishes are our "Lucid" Paints, Color Stains and Powder Coats.
The "Lucid" paints are a translucent color palette that you can see the texture of the burnished metals through. Mainly Reds, Blues, Purples and Greens and have a high impact effect with bright colors.
Lucid Paints and Color Stains mixed in one great display
Our very own take on a popular design. Why buy the same one EVERYONE has from a generic internet file?
Available in several different sizes and colors
Special order cupcake design
Lucid Purple with special burnishings and Aqua color stain.
Color Stains and Inks
Our Color Stains are very similar to the Lucid Paints, but add a bit more depth and pattern to the finish. Each finish will be completely unique in that they are hand painted and then clear coated.
Gold, green and red color stains
Some of our color stains displayed
Powder Coating is a system where an electrically charged powder is applied to the piece and then baked at around 400 degrees. The colors are across the spectrum with different textures, effects and finishes available. Satins, glosses, neons, high impact colors, transparents, metalic... you name it, there is a finish available.
We do farm this out to THE top powder coat company in the area and their finish quality is exceptional! Powder coating is available on most items with non standard colors at an additional charge.
Gold Powder Coat on our "We Wish You" sign. Available from 16" to 48"
A rainbow of colors is available, including specialty colors like TARDIS Blue
Powder Coat colors are available in a wide spectrum of colors, textures, candies and transparencies. Extra charge for specialty colors.