There are many different uses for metal in industrial and decorative applications. However, there are some forces that can damage metal. If you are dealing with a ferrous metal, which is a metal that contains iron, rust is the most common problem. Rust occurs when iron oxidises. Iron will oxidise in the presence of oxygen, but typically this is only a problem if there is a lot of moisture in the air. If the metal gets wet or if it’s very humid, you might have a rusting problem. The most common solution is to finish or paint the metal. Coating the metal with a waterproof finish or painting it will work for a while, but it covers the surface of the metal. For many reasons, you might need the surface of the metal to be unpainted or unfinished. Also, the paint is susceptible to scratching, which can ruin the anti-rust features. The best option is to black the metal.
Blacking metal is a chemical process that alters the chemical composition of the surface of metal. Instead of covering the surface of the metal with paint or a finish, a blacking process will actually change the surface to a rust-resistant chemical. Blackfast can black many different materials to make them durable for decades. You can also order a blacking kit yourself.
The blacking kit will allow you to black your metal in your own workshop. You need to be very careful with the metal blacking materials since they’re very caustic. Blacking is useful for more than just its anti-rust and anti-corrosion properties. Also, blacking physically turns the metal black. If you are working in an industrial setting, shiny metal can cause glares and eye strain. If the metal is blacked, it will be a matte finish and not nearly as bright. Furthermore, you need to make sure you are using the proper process. There are some related processes that might be more appropriate.
In some instances, antiquing might actually be more appropriate than blacking the metal. Blacking metal is great for industrial applications, but you might want to antique your finished product. Antiquing is a process that replicates the mottled patina of antique metal. The antiquing chemicals are similar to the blacking chemicals. They will protect the metal against many different kinds of damage. The only difference is that the antiquing process involves the uneven application of these chemicals to create the proper patina. Many companies that produce metal items have begun to use antiquing to create the kind of look many customers are after. Antiquing a brand new item is the best of both worlds; it looks antique, but has all the qualities of something that is brand new.
In conclusion, metal blacking is useful for preventing rust and corrosion of metals, will also reduce any kind of glare that might result from light hitting the surface of the metal. In other cases, you might want the material to be antiqued to look old while maintaining the benefits of a new product. These are just a few of the industrial applications.