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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

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.


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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

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
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Nova Finishing Systems Inc.
Hatboro, Pennsylvania

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