What is Surface and Metal Finishing?
Any kind of manufacturing process produces a surface texture. Surface and metal finishing is the optimization of surface texture to give products the desired look, texture, and quality. Metal finishing treats a metal product with a thin layer applied to its surface.
At Metal and Wood Products we know the value in proper surface finishes and metal treatments, and bring over 50 years of experience and knowledge to all our projects in order to achieve the right surface finish. Our standard is to provide the highest level of finish quality available.
We prep all our surfaces with a sand blast treatment to prepare the metal for its top coat. This ensures the highest level of adhesion for years of trouble free beauty. Sand-blasting machines are used when a project requires a uniform, matte texture. The sand-blasting process forces sand or metal pellets into a substrate at high speed. The result is a smooth and clean surface texture.
Benefits of Surface and Metal Finishing
Increases product efficiency
Increases product durability
Improves product beauty
Enhances electrical conductivity
Resolves wear resistance problems, including electrical resistance, chemical resistance, and tarnish resistance
What Is Surface and Metal Finishing Used For?
Surface finishing is used in a broad range of industries. Finishing processes are used to improve appearance, adhesion, solderability, corrosion resistance, tarnish resistance, chemical resistance, wear resistance, hardness, remove surface flaws, modify electrical conductivity and control surface friction.
What Industries Use Metal Finishing?
Surface and metal finishing increase efficiency and solve wear resistance problems in many industries that drive our economy.
Where Surface and Metal Finishing Is Used
General Purpose Fabrication Shops
Fabrication shops use metal finishing to optimize the durability and beauty of all kinds of metal products, such as staircases, gates, and railings.
The aerospace industry demands high strength metal finishing that can handle the harshest conditions. Aluminum, the staple material used in the industry, is often alloyed with other metals to provide these strong finishings.
Meeting the extremely specific surface texture requirements of critical components in power plants is essential for optimal functionality.
Automotive and Transportation
Not only the shiny surface, but each metal component under the hood that makes up cars, boats, motorbikes, and other vehicles require surface finishing.
Medical and Dental
Improved metal finishing techniques has made many advances in the medical and dental industries possible, such as hip replacements, surgical tools, and tooth fillings.
Contractors use surface finishing and treatment to provide effective surface and corrosion protection and attractive finishes for materials.
What are Surface Finish Qualities?
Cut edge qualities range from Q1 to Q5. Q1 is the fastest cut and is used primarily for material separation. Depending on edge finish requirements, slower cutting speeds of Q2 through Q5 are selected. Parts requiring close tolerance geometry will of course require smoother edge finishes in that area of the part. (Note: Some other terms also used in the industry to indicate cut speed or edge quality – 100%, 80%, 60%, 40% & 20% or Fastest, Medium fast, Normal, Better & Best)
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If you have a fabrication project that needs surface finishing, we can probably make it happen. Send us some information below and we will get back to you shortly with an estimate.