Surfaces on Aluminum

Design Resource | Patina Aluminum Patterns eBook

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Mar 18, 2015

Patina Surface Collections

Patinaed finishes on aluminum showcase craftsmanship and character. Finishes in this series can be used to give a well-used or aged decoration to your aluminum nameplate or trim. 

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Topics: Patina Finish, Worn, Surface Collection, ebook, Resources

Worn Aluminum Trim

Posted by Mitch Larson on Wed, Mar 11, 2015

The Inspiration

Naturally aged metal surfaces are the point of inspiration. A patinaed metal that features worn areas on the edges or high points being the focus.

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Topics: Patina Finish, Custom Patterns, Surfaces

Hammered Aluminum Look for Surface Decoration

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Feb 11, 2015

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. 

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Topics: Aluminum, Patina Finish, Surface Collection

Patina Finish Options for Aluminum Trim

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Oct 9, 2013

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. 

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Topics: Mood Board, Aluminum, Patina Finish, Worn, Faux Finishes, Materials and Processes

Aged Metal Patterns on Aluminum

Posted by Lynn Holzworth on Tue, Aug 16, 2011

I love the look of aged or antique metal. Here are two of my favorite patterns on aluminum from our patina collection.  Both patterns have a variety of subtle warm and cool tones.

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Topics: Aluminum, Patina Finish, Gloss

Aged Metal Finishes for Decorative Trim

Posted by Deidre Kruser on Tue, Mar 22, 2011


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. 

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Topics: Patina Finish, Faux Finishes

Ceiling Tile Design Gallery

Posted by Deidre Kruser on Tue, Nov 2, 2010

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.

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Topics: Aluminum, Patina Finish, Mechanical Finishes, Woodgrain, Process Color, Architectural

Crackled and Weathered Finish on Aluminum Trim

Posted by Deidre Kruser on Tue, Aug 10, 2010

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.

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Topics: Patina Finish, Faux Finishes

Faux Finishes - Leather, Carbon Fiber, Marble and Patinas on Aluminum

Posted by Deidre Kruser on Tue, Jun 29, 2010

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.

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Topics: Patina Finish, Faux Finishes, Carbon Fiber

Bronze Appliance Trim

Posted by Deidre Kruser on Wed, Jun 2, 2010

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.

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Topics: Patina Finish, Appliance, Aluminum In-mold

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Aluminum Finish Trend Presentation Videoaluminum finish video

Want to push the boundaries in decorative trim?

The trend presentation covers finishes developed around themes presented as mood boards.  View the video to see options available to you in aluminum trim design.