Forming Decorated Metals

Any design pattern finish will look twice as good when formed. Curved surfaces such as columns, soffits or similar acquire added reflectivity and brilliance. Forming is a cost effective technique; specifiers therefore should consider making use of its multiple possibilities.

PLAIN METALS

EDGE BENDING

Decorated sheet metal alloys in Stainless Steel and Brass can easily be bent to at least 90 degrees without noticeable loss to the decorated finish on the edge. If a sharp, almost pointed, 90 degree angle is necessary, the metal sheet needs to be V grooved in the back before bending. In this case there is no distortion of a pattern. Brass/Copper alloys must be formed and then a clear topcoat applied.

COLUMN COVER FORMING

Most column covers are roll or press brake formed. Because such radii are generally not tight, no visible deformation of the decorated surfaces will result.

BENDING/FORMING OF CLEAR COATED SHEET METAL

90 degree edge bending, deep forming or even some roll-forming of previously clear lacquer epoxy or urethane coating can cause the coating to crack or even to de-laminate in the bent/formed areas.

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