A common request for surface decoration on aluminum is to show a patina or distressed effect. One of the options for this is seen in hammered aluminum. The impact points have definite highs and lows in color, tone and accents.Read More
Surfaces on Aluminum
Patina Finishes on Aluminum
Structure is a main element when defining your aluminum trim decoration. One of the great things about working with aluminum as the canvas is that it is friendly for any structure that you can imagine. A common request is to make the aluminum trim look like it is worn or has been scratched up - the patina or distressed type of structure. This adds some character to the finish and can be manipulated with varying degrees of scratching, brushing and colors to achieve just the right look to bring your design to life. This video walks through some options and is a starting point for discussion.
Aged metal finishes are available in an endless array of structures. Your choices are multiplied when you consider printing them in bronze, copper, brass or silver colorways. The patinaed finishes featured here are printed on aluminum.
Metal Ceiling Panels
Custom ceiling tiles are a versatile option for creating high impact designs to enhance your space. The designs utilize standard processes used in the manufacturing of automotive trim and nameplates. Options range from the diverse offering of finishes in our pattern library to custom designed tiles. Brushing, printing and mechanical finishes combine to create bold designs or subtle statements. The richness and depth of aluminum ceiling tiles enhances office spaces, casinos, hotel lobbies, institutional settings and restaurant/bar areas.
Scuffed and dusted treatments are seen in fashion, furniture and the products we use every day. Further exploration into faux surfaces is a constant in our Design area. Experimentation with finishing effects often combines contrasting elements for unique looks. The crackle-effect finish brings together a weathered surface with reflective metal. The faux painted surface is scuffed and crackled. Try combining this finish with high gloss bright aluminum or a brushed tint to further push the combination of opposing surfaces.
Inspired by the interaction between illusion and reality, faux finishes on aluminum play with color, pattern and texture to create captivating experiences for your customer. This collection of faux surfaces - ranging from distressed metal to stone - is a great illustration of how a brand can use decorative processes on aluminum to integrate custom finishes into metal trim or nameplates.
Replicate natural surfaces, fusing the finishes with inlaid accents and embossed details to support your brand image. Woodgrain, carbon fiber, marble, patinaed metal and leather finishes rely on standard printing processes to imitate the surfaces on metal while harnessing the power of touch with printed textures and graining. Highlights of the naturally reflective surface add to the depth.
Stainless Steel Alternative
The rich depth of traditional bronze sculptor is explored in this Whirlpool ice and water concept. This bronze finish is an example of the chameleon-like quality of aluminum to be decorated in a variety of metal finishes. Patinaed, antiqued and distressed surfaces on copper, bronze, titanium or brass are some of the possibilities.
Decorative Trim with Distressed Metal Surfaces
Patinas add character to decorative metal trim. They occur naturally on metals as they age and oxidize. Artists and metalworkers often add patinas to metal surfaces to simulate wear and exposure to the elements. Our decorative metal processes allow you to match the look of patinaed metal on aluminum. The aged and patinaed surfaces of copper, brass, bronze, nickel or silver are reproduced on aluminum using a combination of litho and screen printing.