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Surface finishes for bronze plaques


Once the background of bronze plaques have been painted, the surface areas(these are the raised letters of lines of artwork) are highlighted by sanding (flat areas) or buffing (sculpted areas). To inhibit natural oxidization, a clear, protective coating is then applied.

Highlighting Finishes

Image of Satin Bronze Finish
Satin Bronze The Natural metal color with subtle horizontal grain lines meets NAAMM finish designation M33-C11-060.


Image of Polished Bronze Finish
Polished Bronze The natural metal color is buffed to a high gloss, obtained by polishing with successively finer abrasives, then buffing with fine buffing compound. Meets NAAMM finish designation M42-M22-C10-060.


Image of Chrome Plated Bronz Finish
Chrome Plated Bronze The raised surface of the plaque is polished. The background of the plaque remains in its "natural sandblast" state, providing contrast with the polished raised surface. The entire plaque is then electro-plated using a standard commercial copper/nickel/chrome plating process.


Protective Finishes

In order to protect the natural, highlighted finish of bronze plaques, two options are available:

Clear Protective Lacquer Providing a low gloss appearance, this clear coating was developed to help ensure many years of carefree maintenance. This option should be selected when matching older plaques or when a lower gloss look is desired (particularly for interior applications.)

Polyurethane Protective Coating A 2-part coating for protection in the harshest environments. This clear coat can only be factory-applied and provides maximum protection. This coating is applied with a heavier thickness than our clear protective lacquer and is available in a high gloss version only. It is particularly effective in harsh, exterior environments, where bronze plaques are exposed to salt, pollution and weather.

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