Dimensions in Glass offers a wide variety of finish options to suit your individual style.
Stock option: White- Kynar 70% (Std 2-Coat)
Custom options: All colors- Kynar 70%
(Non-Exotic colors: 2-Coats & Exotic colors: 3-Coats)
Painting is where most of the advances in finishing technology have been developed in recent years. We promote two specification classifications for painted coatings: AAMA 2603 and AAMA 2605. These specifications can best be described as ‘better’ and ‘best’.
AAMA 2605 is the highest grade paint and is made with a fluoropolymer resin and marketed as 70% Kynar. Kynar paints are excellent in regard to retaining their color in harsh environments. They are typically applied in a two-coat system, but, depending on the color a third or even fourth coat may be required. These third and fourth coats are only needed for some exotic and metallic colors. Kynar paints also have a “Teflon” like surface and are easily cleaned.
Chemical resistance and resistance to sunlight are the strengths of Kynar coatings. Kynar paints are tested under the South Florida sun for durability and offer the best color, gloss retention and corrosion resistance. They are also the softest and will scratch or mar more easily than an anodized finish. We offer thousands of standard Kynar colors that can be selected from any paint catalog. Simply provide us with the UC Number and it will be matched to your satisfaction. Additionally, we offer designer colors that are created by you or your design team. Once you have created your unique color, simply provide us with a physical sample. For the shortest lead-times, select our Stock-White Kynar paint.
When considering paint over anodizing you have to be realistic about its nature. By nature, paint is consistent in finish color and sheen whereas anodizing is inconsistent in both. However, it is this irregularity that exudes the natural “character” of anodized finishes. As one looks at an anodized finish they are actually looking at the metal surface behind the finish whereas painting hides these imperfections. Get samples of both before you make your final decision. Our Authorized Dealers have samples to show you and upon request we will be happy to mail you some.
Stock option: Clear Anodized & Dark Bronze Anodized, Class I
Custom options: Custom Earth tones
Anodizing is a electrochemical process of converting the surface of aluminum to aluminum oxide (controlled corrosion). This process produces a hard surface that is long lasting, resists scratching and abrasion and provides excellent protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Because this coating is an integral part of the aluminum, it will not peel or chip.
An anodized finish can have a rich aluminum tone called clear anodized or an earth tone color can be added. Anodizing gives aluminum a deeper, richer metallic appearance that is not possible with paint. Anodizing is less affected by sunlight than paint. Because of variables such as temperature, aluminum composition etc., slight variations in color and gloss will exist. This is to be expected and it is important that this characteristic be considered when choosing anodizing. One reason clear and dark bronze have become the industry standard anodized colors is because they have the least amount of color variation and are therefore easier to reproduce and match earlier batches.
When considering anodizing over paint you have to be realistic about its nature. By nature, paint is consistent in finish color and sheen whereas anodizing is inconsistent in both. However, it is this irregularity that exudes the natural “character” of anodized finishes. As one looks at an anodized finish they are actually looking at the metal surface behind the finish whereas painting hides these imperfections.
Custom options: 9 different finishes that emulate real wood
We offer nine different finishes that emulate wood. These finishes look like actual wood, but offer all the advantages of aluminum. Each extrusion is chemically pretreated similar to our paint finish process, then sprayed with a proprietary paint that acts as the color base and primer for the wood grain. The final procedure is to apply the desired wood grain pattern.