DESIGN | By Michaelle Bradford
Liquid metal veneer transforms wood and
MDF to shiny, durable, waterproof material
Great Lakes Metal Coating hosted an open house highlighting its liquid metal ve-
neer coating process.
The unique and innovative
coating, which gives the look of real
metal can be applied to almost any
surface, including wood, MDF, plaster,
and concrete. Because it is durable and
waterproof, it is suitable for both indoor
and outdoor projects from furniture to
cabinets, mouldings, doors, drawers,
store fixtures and other panel products.
The liquid metal veneer coating is
made of 100 percent recycled metal,
says Bob Marschik from MakeItMetal,
the North American distributor, and
there are seven finishes available - brass,
bronze, copper, iron, nickel silver, white
bronze and zinc - that are cold sprayed
through a gravity-feed spray gun.
The process provides a number of
design options. A few designers and
cabinetmakers attended the open house
looking for ways to include the real
metal veneer into their product lines.
How liquid metal veneer works
Following are tips and guidelines from
MakeItMetal’s website on how real
metal veneer coating, developed by
Metal-FX and distributed in North
America through MakeItMetal, located
in Ontario, Canada, is applied.
Application: Metall-FX is almost
as simple to use as paint, however, it is
not paint and certain rules need to be
observed. Liquid metals can be applied
using brush or standard HVLP (high
volume, low-pressure) spray equipment.
They need to be cleaned up afterwards
using standard acetone based thinners.
The liquid metal may also be poured
or troweled onto surface and used for
cold metal casting.
Coverage Guide: About 1 meter
squared per 1 kilogram depending on
the absorbency and texture of the base
material. The more textured the finish,
Liquid metal veneer.