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"Metal Finish-How Do I Get The Matte Look?"



September 12, 2017

Q. I'm wondering how I can achieve a certain metal finish. The metal has a smooth, matte feeling, and appears to be oxidized with striations. Does anyone know how I can achieve this look, and what tools I would need?

Nichole Er
hobbyist - Brooklyn, New York USA
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September 2017

A. Hello Nicole. I think you'll need to tell us what metal it is and send a pic. While it's possible that it's a "mechanical" finish, if it's aluminum it may be a chemical etch for example. Good luck.

Regards,

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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
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finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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September 14, 2017

Q. Hi again,
Just following up. Any recommendations on how I can achieve this metal finish? Any advice/info would be much appreciated. Thank you.

60507-1b   60507-1a

Best Regards,

Nichole Er [returning]
hobbyist - Brooklyn, New York USA
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P.S. Sept. 26, 2017: The material is aluminum.


September 15, 2017

A. These parts appear to have a grain pattern which is best achieved on flat parts with a wide belt sander; however, I am not sure these are 100% done with a belt but manually with a hand product.

tony kenton
AF Kenton
Hatboro, Pennsylvania
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September 2017
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A. Hi again. As the whole world learned from "The Dress" last year, it's hard to know if what we think we see in a photograph is really what's there when there are no visual background cues to put things into size and color perspective (if you send more pics, maybe lay a dime and a penny on the panel).

But to me this looks like an "antiquing" paint job, where you paint the metal a solid color (maybe gray or taupe in this case) then follow it with a striated paint in a different color (maybe off-white).

So, does it look like bare aluminum metal with a sanded or etched pattern to you or does it look like some kind of striated tint or paint?

Regards,

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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Aloha -- an idea worth spreading
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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