A wide array of finishes and styles are available for fabricating metal products. Some items can be fabricated from metals that have specialized finishes or coatings, and in other cases, the finishes can be applied after the product is fabricated. Polishing is another finish option, and Foreman Fabricators is expert at the process of polishing and buffing to bring out the maximum beauty of the metal.
Contact Foreman Fabricators today and we will help you select the finish option best suited to the intended use of the metal item.
Lacquers & Coatings: Lacquers and other coatings are often applied to metals to prevent the finish from oxidizing and degrading, and to maintain luster. The variety of available coatings is quite extensive.
Mill Finishes: A mill finish refers to how the metal looks as it comes from the manufacturing mill. Sometimes these metals are treated or coated to enhance shine or prevent oxidation.
Mirror Finishes: Mirror finishes are highly reflective and use very low grit levels to minimize the visibility of grain lines and offer the cleanest, smoothest finished surface.
Brush Finishes: Also referred to as a “satin finish”, a brush finish gives metal a linear directional grain, and the visibility and depth of the grain is determined by the grit of the abrasive material used to create the finish. A number system is often associated with the level of the finish.
#3 – This finish process uses an abrasive with a grit of approximately 100 to produce a highly visible finished pattern.
#4 – This finish process creates a slightly softer pattern than the #3 finish, and uses an abrasive grit of about 150.
#6 – A specialized Tampico brush is used in this process to soften the look of the finished grain.
#7 – This level gives a highly reflective finish, but still shows some grain lines.
*8 – The highest level of finish, this process gives a full mirror finish with almost no grain lines visible.
Anti-Microbial Finishes: Anti-microbial finishes and coating on metals can help suppress the growth of bacteria, molds, mildews and fungi. Metal can be procured pre-finished with an anti-microbial coating, or we can apply the anti-microbial finish after fabrication of most metal items. Anti-microbial finishes has a wide variety of applications, but are perhaps most prevalent in Medical Offices and Hospitals, as well as Restaurants and other Food Service facilities.
Pre-Finished Materials: There is an extensive array of pre-finished metals that can be used to give your fabricated metal item the look you want. The following links show some of the finish types available: