What is Sheet Metal Finishing?

Sheet metal finishing is a crucial treatment that enhances the surface of metal objects, providing protection, improved appearance, and increased durability. Discover the benefits and applications of finishing for your sheet metal projects, and achieve superior results with our professional services.

Meeting your Sheet Metal Finishing requirements

Stoving oven

8x3
metres

Experience

50
years combined

Our site

87,000
square foot

Our paint-shop facility enables final metal finishing to a variety of products. Wet painting and powder coating are available for a wide range of finishes. Bespoke fabrications can be wet painted up to 12 metres in length, 2.5 metres in width and 2.5 metres in height.

Stoving Oven

Our stoving oven offers a powder coating capacity of 8m x 2.5 x 2.5 metres. This is ideal for prototypes and small quantities of parts. We can also manufacture custom-made jigs for hanging irregular-shaped parts.

Sheet Metal Finishing services we provide

Powder Coating
Unlike wet painting, powder coating is applied via a free-flowing, dry powder. It is typically done electrostatically before being cured under heat.

Rumbling
A finishing process for de-burring, de-oxidising and removing sharp edges.

Shotblasting
This method removes any rust, scale, old paint and small surface defects whilst also giving a good surface finish to aid paint adhesion.

Graining
We use a dedicated machine for surface finishing materials, often stainless steel, to the desired grain finish. This can also be used for de-burring of mild steel and removing sharp edges.

Galvanising
Hot dip galvanising is the process of dipping the product in a bath of molten zinc to add multiple layers of zinc coatings, for added corrosion resistance.

Electroplating
With this method, we use hydrolysis to plate one metal onto another, for added corrosion resistance or alternatively decorative purposes.

Wet Painting
Wet painting is the more traditional form of applying liquid paint to metal for finishing. Today, this is typically done with a pump, spray or pressurised vessel.

Anodising
The anodiding process is used to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of sheet metal parts, typically aluminium, and is done to give improved surface resistance to wear and corrosion. Also used for decorative purposes.

Phosphate Washing (Phoswash)
Utilise top of the range wet blasting, degreasing and phosphating equipment to ensure a clean and fully degreased product ready for painting.

After Wash, Pre-Paint Treatment
Pre-paint treatment is applied after the washing process. This allows the paint to better bond to the metal, providing enhanced resistance to weathering and corrosion which ultimately provides a longer lasting finish.

Deburring
‘Burrs’ are raised edges or unwanted pieces of material which can be found on parts following modification. Deburring is the process of removing these unwanted pieces of material.

Metal Painting Services

Pre-Paint Inspection
The first stage of our sheet metal finishing process is a custom pre-paint inspection, before removing any imperfections where required.

What are the Benefits of Powder Coating?
Powder coating offers a durable, high-quality finish which allows for maximised production capabilities. This comes in an almost limitless range of colours. Typically, being a “one coat finish”, powder coating is one of the most economical finishes available on nearly any type of metal.
We offer powder coating as a service across our entire range of metals.

 

 

 

Pre-Paint Preparation
Following the comprehensive pre-paint inspection, we offer a variety of methods to prepare the part for cleaning/degreasing. This ranges from matt textures to very high gloss finishes.

What are the Benefits of Wet Painting?
For products which cannot be heated, wet painting is the ideal solution as powder coating is cured under heat. If products require a thin paint finish, then wet painting is recommended.
We can offer wet spray painting in single or two-pack paints for larger jobs which cannot be powder-coated or require special finishes.

 

 

 

Frequently
asked questions

This depends on the part. Please fill out our contact form and send us your drawings so our team can confer with our paintshop.
We have a finishing capacity of 7m x 2,5m x 2,5m
We can do any finish to meet your requirements. Some of the finishes we currently offer gloss, semi-gloss, matt, fine-texture matt, and ripple.
Yes, we can work with any type of paint to meet your requirements. Please fill out our contact form and tell us your requirements so our team can look into your query.
We polish orbital parts if they have scratches, burrs, etc, to ensure that your custom sheet metal project meets your requirements.

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