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'Satin' Finishes

Supplier: A Class Metal Finishers

Many decorative finishes traditionally presented in 'bright' form (e.g. bright chrome or gold) are now available in a 'satin or brushed' look. Satin finishes can be achieved via manual methods - e.g. by mechanically 'brushing' the surface prior to plating to obtain a dulled effect or, in a more controlled manner via the application of chemistry available in the nickel plating process which produces a 'matt' result from the plating itself. (Nickel coatings are applied prior to the desired final finish of chrome, gold, silver or other finishes).

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Benefits of 'Satin' Finishes: Satin finishes offer new alternatives to the markets for plated products. Satin chrome is currently a popular treatment for matching to polished stainless steel or brushed aluminium fittings.

Colour & Aesthetics: Satin finishes take on the same colouring as the final finish applied (e.g. gold, chrome, etc) however will appear 'matt' or 'velvety' not bright.

Applications of 'Satin' Finishes: Examples - Tap- ware, Door Furniture, Architectural Fittings, Trims, Furniture, Light Fittings, and many other items.

Substrates suited to this coating: Can be applied over most metal substrates, and over pre-treated 'ABS' plastic.

Design Cautions: As this is an electrolytic process it is necessary to use jigging, racking or wiring to provide for electrical current conductivity. Some shapes and designs lend themselves more readily to successful plating than others or may need to be adapted. Please consult your plating adviser prior to finalising design if you intend using this finishing process in your product manufacture.

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