June 27th, 2012 | Alabama Metal Art, Personalized Name Signs | 0 Comments
Patina finishes are a colorful and unique way to complete any piece of personalized metal wall art.
The unique variation of color that comes from the patina process (in addition to the personalization requested) serves to make each piece of metal art truly one of a kind. Patinas can be used on steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, cast iron, and brass. The reaction each type of metal has during the patina procedure creates its own unique set of colors. The personalized pieces shown on our metal art products page are generally manufactured using 12 gage steel.
Depending on the patina chosen, there are different methods for applying patinas to the various metal options. One method is a “cold” application. With the metal art piece at room temperature the patina solution is either sprayed onto the work piece or alternately applied by submerging the part into the solution.
A “hot” application is another method. In this case the metal artist creating the finish alternates between applying heat and the patina solution. This alternating application of heat and solution is repeated until the desired color level is achieved. If you watch the “Who is Alabama Metal Art” video at the 50 second mark you will short video segment showing the application of the Japanese Maple patina. This is an example of a patina that requires a “hot” application.
Patinas can cure for a few minutes or a few days. This variation in time is managed in order to achieve different and unique outcomes. Once the desired color is acquired the metal art piece is neutralized in order to halt the process. A protective clear coat is then applied to preserve the decorative finish.
Patinas can be a tedious process, but the outcome is well worth the effort. To see the patina finishes (as well as the other powder coat paint and wet paint options) we offer please visit our decorative patinas and finishes page.
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