Exploring Replicated Finishes

March 21, 2024

Structural steel finishing is a vital surface treatment technique that transforms the properties of steel structures, enhancing both their functionality and aesthetics. This step in the fabrication process prepares the steel for various applications, ensuring optimal performance and appearance.

The primary reasons for employing structural steel finishing are to enhance corrosion resistance, durability, and visual appeal. Different finishing techniques cater to specific requirements, making the selection of the best finish for a project a nuanced process that considers factors such as process intricacies, environmental conditions, and associated costs.

Expert guidance, provided by Feature Walters, can greatly assist in determining the most suitable finish for a specific application.

Now, let’s delve into the diverse ways replicated finishes can be used!

Replicated Finishes

Replicated finishes in steel are a testament to modern innovation. These finishes mimic the appearance of other materials, while harnessing the durability of steel. By using advanced techniques like metal plating or specialized paints, replicated finishes offer a cost-effective solution for achieving the desired aesthetic without compromising on structural integrity. They provide architects and designers with a versatile palette to realize their creative visions in steel structures.

Let’s explore the different methods of replicated finishing…

Metal Plating

  • Metal plating is a cost-effective way of providing a premium material look on any metallic elements.
  • Parts and elements are restricted to certain sizes for the plating process.
  • After being installed, metal plating cannot be easily touched up.

Artistic Replication of Finishing

  • This method utilizes an artist to replicate the look and feel of most materials through the use of paints and plasters.

The King Highline Project is a pedestrian pathway in Toronto. The project required the specialized techniques of Feature Walters to achieve the desired finished look.

In the image you can see the pre-weathered corten steel wall panels and the planter boxes that were metal colour matched to replicate galvanized steel. These replicated and bare metal finishes were used to enhance the main elements along the path.

Metal Colour Matching

  • Metal colour matching is done by using high quality paints that can pigment match to different premium metals.

The Possibilities Are Endless!

As we conclude our exploration of steel finishes, it’s clear that this technique is unique and applicable to a variety of projects, the possibilities for architectural expression are truly limitless.

At Feature Walters, we specialize in the art of replicated finishes, offering a comprehensive array of techniques to bring your creative vision to life. Let us guide you through the exciting possibilities of replicated finishes.

Stay tuned for our next blog post on painted coatings!

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