Metal Coated

January 2019

How to Patina, Part I

2019-01-22T10:28:13-07:00January 21st, 2019|Metal Coated|

What is Patina? Commonly pronounced in the US as pa tee’ne, or puh tee’nuh”. Most broadly defined as the observed and physical change in a surface over time caused by exposure to oxygen or other environmental elements and compounds. Hilton Resort, Hawaii On metal, it is the film of corrosion on the surface caused primarily by the reaction of the metal with oxygen. To put it in perspective, think of an old penny, a rusty pipe, or the Statue of Liberty. However, there is more to it; The natural rate of change depends upon the aggressiveness of the environment. Since the level of pollutants, rainfall, and acidity vary locally, the rate, chemical make-up, and therefore the color and depth of the patina will also vary. Rates of patina build-up and color will change year-to-year, and even seasonally. Paris Door Knob Patina is not confined to metal. It can also refer [...]

Why LuminOre®

2019-01-29T12:12:13-07:00January 16th, 2019|Metal Coated|

With the exception of a few paints used to add a splash of color, our signs and plaques are metal-coated using the patented LuminOre® advanced composite metalizing process. Janey Freid is the founder and current principle of both Metal Facades and Atlas Signs and Plaques. Janey’s background is decorative faux finishing utilizing paints, glazes, plasters and leafs applied using many European techniques and tools. Janey expanded from faux finishing and enjoyed great success in interior and exterior decorative concrete acid staining and finishing and now has grown to selling signs all over the world. Custom Sign for Bark of the Town   Most of Janey’s experience revolved around coatings or altering the look of a common surface into the uncommonly beautiful. A search for metal finishes led to LuminOre. Research showed that LuminOre was not the only manufacturer of liquid metal coating, but all the others were pretenders [...]

What Else Can Be Transformed by the Metal Coating?

2019-01-29T12:12:13-07:00January 4th, 2019|Atlas Posts (All), Metal Coated|

Transformed We thought some of the transformations from the common to the beautiful that we have accomplished would be an interesting photo essay. The Cold Spray Metal that Atlas Signs & Plaques uses is manufactured by LuminOre®. Using this fantastic process allows us to apply real metal to almost any substrate imaginable. Here are a few of the more unusual and interesting projects that we have done in our past.   Driftwood Sculpture - From Wood to "Are Those Solid Cast"? Driftwood Metal Coated After receiving 8 real Florida driftwood sculptures from artist, Carol Woodland at  All Driftwood Furniture, they were unpacked, primed, and coated with real bronze. The patinator (Janey) then did their magic, adding a measure of depth, highlights, and interest to these, most unusual art pieces. The art now resides in the Westye Group’s Manhattan Showroom featuring Sub-Zero and Wolf quality appliances.   Elevator Doors [...]


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