Resources Material Selection

Decorative Sheet Metal Finishes

This section provides general information about various techniques used in the creation of decorative sheet metal finishes. We include comments about the advantages and disadvantages of specifying these finishing methods for architectural metal applications.

With respect to any of the techniques employed, Contrarian Metal Resources endeavors to provide products that are best in class, having the highest degree of uniformity possible.

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Substrate Comparison Chart

Compare CMR products by surface characteristics, cleanability, abrasion resistance,
uniformity, flatness and more!

SUBSTRATE

GLOSS

FINGERPRINT
RESISTANCE

CLEANABILITY

CORROSION
RESISTANCE

ABRASION
RESISTANCE

VISUAL
UNIFORMITY

FLATNESS

REPAIRABILITY

STAINLESS STEEL

InvariBlend©

Moderate

Poor

Good

Good

Limited

Better

Best

Best

InvarBrush™

Moderate

Poor

Good

Good

Limited

Better

Best

Best

InvariGlass™

High

Poor

Better

Best

Limited

Best

Good

Good

InvariLux™

Moderate

Best

Best

Best

Limited

Best

Best

Poor

InvariMatte®

Low

Poor

Good

Better

Limited

Best

Best

Poor

InvariTone™

Moderate

Poor

Good

Better

Limited

Best

Best

Poor

InvariWeave™

Moderate

Limited

Best

Best

Good

Better

Good

Poor

InvariWisp™

Moderate

Limited

Good

Good

Good

Better

Good

Best

Austenite 55

Moderate

Best

Best

Best

Good

Better

Good

Poor

Colorized (Neues)

Moderate

Limited

Best

Better

Best

Better

Good

Poor

Colorized (Anodic)

Moderate

Poor

Good

Best

Limited

Good

Good

Poor

Origara

Moderate

Best

Best

Better

Best

Better

Good

Poor

Camouflage

Moderate

Best

Better

Good

Limited

Better

Good

Poor

Microchecker

Moderate

Limited

Good

Best

Good

Better

Good

Poor

Starlight 7J

Moderate

Best

Best

Best

Best

Better

Better

Poor

ZINC ALLOY

Mill Finished Zinc

Low

Limited

Good

Good

Good

Good

Good

Good

TITANIUM

InvariTech™

Moderate

Poor

Good

Good

Best

Good

Best

Poor

InvariSand™

Low

Best

Better

Better

Best

Best

Best

Poor


> Click here to download a PDF version of this Substrate Comparison Chart.

High Performance Metal Selection Criteria

Before selecting architectural metals for any project, it is first necessary to define the environment in which the building will be located.

Among the factors that must be considered are:

  • Atmospheric contaminants/pollution
  • Proximity to salt water
  • Nearby application of deicing salts Airborne abrasives (sand, soil, debris)
  • Ultraviolet exposure
  • Humidity range
  • Externally induced fire risk (airborne sparks or brush fires)
  • Frequency of maintenance on the part of the owner

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