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Painting It: Finishing Metals for Decoration and Corrosion Protection

A metal is a dense rigid substrate, which is used to provide for structural and surface durability.

The types of metals range from ferrous iron and steel to precious metals such as gold and platinum. Some of them are designed to be painted.  Others are not.


Preparing the metal is our first step.


Ferrous Surfaces

1. If surface is rusted or previous paint has failed, sandblast or use a power tool, removing all existing coatings.

2. Apply chromate, zinc or epoxy primer with a tack coat, then build coat. Coating may be applied with a brush, roller or spray application. Sand surface if necessary.


Non-Ferrous Surfaces

1. Sand surface with #320 sandpaper or emery cloth to provide anchor for finish. Treat with a lacquer solvent wipe.

2. Prime surface with acid wash, or a galvanizing primer. They are designed to bond to very smooth metal surfaces. Conventional spray is recommended. A smooth nap roller cover can be used.


Finishing the metal is the second step.


Ferrous Surfaces

1. Sand surface if necessary. Apply  recommended top coat, designed to prevent corrosion. Enamel, urethane and epoxy are prime choices.

2. Choose an application method designed with the smoothness of the surface in mind. Conventional, airless and electrostatic can all be used.

3. Apply finishes with a multi-coat system, allowing time for solvent to evaporate between applications.


Non-Ferrous Surfaces

1.  Apply enamels and latexes that bond well with wash primers. Apply evenly using a brush and/or roller, or spray finishing system.

2. Use the conventional spray method to apply paint with even thickness. Brush and roller may be used if finish is not required to be ultra smooth.

3. Apply several thin coats.




When a metal is to be used as a decorative fixture, you can use a number of applications.


1.  Patinizing is a finishing process, whereby multiple thin layers of metallic liquids are applied to a metal surface. It provides a simulated tarnished non ferrous metal appearance. Bronze is the most widely used finish.


2. Antiquing is another form of metal decoration. Here, several techniques are used that artificially age the surface. Typically, varying mixtures of opaque, transparent, and crackleture Gold, Silver, Flat Black, and Copper paints are used.

This technique is highly variable. It can reproduce an appearance matching even the most ancient of artifacts.


3. Gilding is considered a timeless application. It is used to add brilliance and luster to architectural elements. Namely moldings, ornamentation, figurines, and even written script.

Thin fine sheets of metal – normally Gold – are delicately applied onto a surface. Then it is burnished, creating a finely embellished decorative appeal.


All metals can be painted. Many surfaces can be designed to simulate the appearance of a metal. Consider the following two examples for a well rounded perspective on the subject:


1. The steel hull of a ship, due to exposure to sea water, must be protected from serious corrosion. If it is not, the goods transported across the oceans could end up at the bottom of the sea.

2. An ornate 18th century French salon has an original design. It includes extensive gold and/or silver metal leaf gilding of the plaster paneled moldings. There would be no style to the interior motif, without the use of gilding as an element of aesthetics.


Remember: An excellent finish starts with a well prepared surface. Especially when we’re talking about the smoothness of metal.


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Painting It: Lobbies and Concierge Centre

Most often, it is the lobby that the guest sees, before the room he will be staying in.


As far as first impressions go, it is reason enough to want to present the area in the best possible light. Chances are your hotel’s lobby is already designed and decorated in such a way, that the guests feel welcomed and comforted each time they come.


As well as providing basic comfort, it’s also advisable to appeal to the guest’s other interests, before going to his room. Examples: You can offer kiosks with information about hotel and local amenities, virtual tour plasma tv systems, small reading alcoves, techy communication centers. Little time will be spent in the hotel lobby. So it is important that the guest feels at home.


With respect to the lobby’s aesthetic appearance, there are a number of things that can be done to achieve this.


Here are a few general guidelines:


* Maintain impeccable cleanliness, especially with the floors.


* Encorporate a variety of decorative elements such as colorful paint finishes, textures,

wallcoverings, and also wood as a surface and structural design element.


* Install marbleized columns. Or, apply a decorative marbleized finish to existing columns.

    This provides a historical element, and appearance of refinement. Also, add wood moldings

and panels.


* Apply gilding or (metallic leafing) to provide the highest order of decorating in the lobby

areas. It is best suited for moldings, picture frames and ornamental elements such as

sculptural relief objects and carved ornamentation. When applying this, it is best done



* Develop a decorative paint scheme which includes a random patterned design, along with a

textured appearance and a metallic surface effect. The optimum design would be something

which creates a reflective and transparent look, like a magic trick using chrome and mirrors.


Lobbies and the Concierge Center should make a clear and memorable statement about the hotel’s overall raison d’etre. Its mission. Its value system. Its purpose. Its philosophy. Its people.


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