Brushing (Mechanical Highlighting)
Prior to the brushing process, a thin layer of nickel or chrome, or in the case of oil rubbed bronze finishes, a thin layer of copper followed by black nickel or black oxide, is added to the component. Once the extra material is applied, the part is subjected to a brushing process to remove a portion of the added material to the part creating a brushed appearance. ECF is able to create a brush pattern on both metal and plastic substrates.
ECF’s vibratory finishing process consists of placing components, metal or plastic, in a vibratory tumbler bowl filled with compound, abrasive media, and water. The bowl is then rotated or oscillated in a vibratory tumbler, whereby the media removes material from the surface of the part, creating a smooth and unique appearance on the parts.
Lacquer (Clear Coat)
ECF utilizes spray gun technology in applying lacquer and other clear coats to protect the color or add depth to the appearance of the component.
Powder coating is coating that is applied as dry powder or free-flowing. It is completely different from traditional liquid paint, as it doesn’t require a solvent to form a liquid coating.
Powder coating is applied through electrostatic means via a spray gun. Once the powder coating is applied, parts are processed through a curing oven where a chemical reaction occurs, creating an elevated, cross-linked density. With this process, ECF can apply powder coating on metal substrates.
Examples of powder coating applications include aluminum extrusions, kitchen and bath components, bicycles, automotive components, and household appliances.