Best Decorative Metal Finishing Techniques

August 15, 2018
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August 15, 2018 Mike Jetter

Best Decorative Metal Finishing Techniques

When metal is decorative, it should gleam and glint, showing off its lustrous elements. Metal surfaces, like most things in life, tend to disintegrate with time. And just like we as humans show our age on our faces, metal will begin to corrode and look weathered, especially if it is out in the elements. Luckily, there is a solution for metal that has lost its lackluster qualities: decorative metal finishing. There are many ways to treat metal resurfacing, but the main techniques include metal plating, like PVD coating or electroplating, and metal polishing.

Decorative Metal Finishing Using Metal Plating

When metal needs resurfacing, there are two ways of replating the product to fix the outward appearance and make it shine again: electroplating and physical vapor deposition.


Electroplating is a coating process that involves a chemical bath and electricity. The result is a layer of new metal over the old surface, fixing any signs of corrosion, dents, or scratches. Electroplating projects use any material from brass, bronze, copper, stainless steel, zinc, and even plastics.

Physical Vapor Deposition

Physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating is a similar resurfacing technique. Instead of using chemicals, PVD coating uses vacuum technology. The result is a durable, yet thin, layer of metal finish that covers the old, weathered metal. Metal finishing applied using the PVD technique is more durable and resistant to corrosion. Colored metals are applied easier using the PVD process, making it a popular metal finishing method for designers.

Decorative Metal Finishing Using Metal Polishing

Sometimes, all decorative metal needs to shine again is some good old-fashioned elbow grease. If the metal in question simply needs a good buff to look brand new, metal polishing is a good option. This is done manually, automatically, or robotically if the company has the right equipment. If the project is too small or immobile, hand polishing is an option that metal finishers may offer.

Decorative Metal Finishing in Oregon | Bend Plating

Bend Plating offers the best solutions for decorative metal finishing in Oregon and beyond. Our team at Bend Plating has specialized in electroplating for 35+ years. We can offer large volume finishes for whatever you need. We also have PVD coating machinery to provide stunning decorative finishes and house robotic equipment to handle large polishing projects. Only one out of ten metal plating shops across the country offer such robust polishing services. Bend Plating is that one.

No decorative metal finishing job is too big or too small for our team at Bend Plating. Contact us today to talk about refurbishing your metal.

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