AM real metal coatings are produced using heat (metal spray) application. Metal wire is fed through a thermal spray gun creating a molten metal spray stream that coats the substrate surface.
This method of application provides a 100% metal veneer coating. A hot spray metal coating finish has all the genuine subtle characteristics of solid metal. Nothing really visually compares to a real metal finish. There is a sophisticated depth of quality reflected in the colour tones and natural occurring patina. Thermal spray also performs beautifully in terms of surface protection as this was the original purpose for this application, and this offers a practical advantage when coating mild steel especially for use outdoors.
If we were to compare both hot and cold spray applications we would find real benefits of choosing either process over the other. Sometimes it just isn’t practical or possible to use the Hot Spray method and for those occasions cold liquid metal would be the preferred method. Artistic Metals offer a cold spray metal finish service.
Decorative metal finishes and paints that are made up of resin binders can occasionally result in a slightly synthetic and overly shiny appearance even with a high metal content. This can occur due to over polishing that reveals tiny metal particles and an overly uniform less characterful finish. When we use the cold liquid metal application we aim to maintain as close a match to the real metal as possible. So unless our client specifically requires, we would prefer avoiding overly shinny finishes when using a resin base metal finish.
Call our office on 01825 763485 for more information and advice on any of our metal finishing.