The variety of weave patterns available in carbon fiber have inspired many designers to explore this look on aluminum. For some this means using the carbon fiber as a starting point and interpreting the surface on aluminum. For others it is matching the original material as close a possible.
Engine turning is a mechanical finish in which very precise spins are applied in overlapping rows on aluminum. The finish was popular on vintage race cars and airplanes. Engine turned dash panels were fashionable in the 1920's and 1930's. It continues to be a popular choice to bring a sporty feel ...
There is a popularity with surface decoration that appears to be patinaed or well-worn. This gives a masculine, rugged feel to the finish structure. Check out these images!
The use of muted or subtle tones of color creates an industrial anodized look for aluminum trim. This is an attractive way to complement bright chrome features on the interior decoration for vehicles or contrast with a bright bead for an appliance panel.