What is Metal Refinishing?

Luis Restorations specializes in metal refinishing, providing affordable and reliable service in doing so. Metal refinishing has been a practice of Luis Restorations since their inception and trusting your possessions in their hands is the best move you could make for your valuables.

Also known as metal finishing, this process is used to preserve your metals. Products made from metals would only last a mere fraction of their lifespan due to corrosion and wear. This is why it is important to keep an eye on your metal products to ensure they are maintaining their properties and not deteriorating in any way. Metal finishing is related to electroplating, which is the production of a thin surface coating of the metal upon another.

There are a few key benefits that come with properly finishing a metal. First off, it enhances the appearance. You can use different techniques to achieve different ends, such as silk screening, e-coating, powder coating and plating. Each method used is work to remove sharp edges, clean the surface and smooth the metal. A number of surface flaws can be eliminated through this process and the finish can be glossy, matte, or textured, providing a nice set of options to choose from behind refinishing the item.

Another benefit is its enhanced resistance and increased longevity of the product being finished. Metal will wear and disintegrate over time, but when refinished that rate will slow down. The metal finishing will also provide greater durability and resistance to abrasion and protects against corrosion, chemical damage and wear. A third benefit is simply the ease of cleaning. Due to the new smoothness of the surface, few contaminants stick to the item and the act of cleaning it will be shortened, allowing you to go on with your day.

Metal refinishing is also used to enhance electrical properties, shape and form components and to enhance the bonding of adhesives and organic coatings. Metal refinishing can also used for decorative purposes, as the process can spruce up an older looking item.

Some products that undergo metal finishing do so for the following reasons:

  • Corrosion resistance
  • Wear resistance
  • Electrical conductivity
  • Electrical resistance
  • Reflectivity and appearance (e.g., brightness or color)
  • Torque tolerance
  • Solderability
  • Tarnish resistance
  • Chemical resistance
  • Ability to bond to rubber (e.g., vulcanizing)
  • Hardness

Our experts at Luis Restorations of Long Island may use a bevvy of processes to clean, etch and plate both metallic and non-metallic surfaces to clean and finish your product. The most common metal finishes include paint, lacquer and ceramic coatings.

Metal Finishing Regulations

There are regulations provided by the EPA that cover the wastewater discharges from industries who perform various metal finishing operations. There are about 44,000 facilities that perform these sorts of operations and discharge potentially hazardous water directly or indirectly to surface waters through publicly owned treatment works.

There is a national pretreatment program that is a cooperative effort of federal, state, and local environmental regulatory agencies established to protect water quality. These regulations programs are designed to protect public ly owned treatment works' infrastructure and to reduce conventional and toxic pollutant levels discharged by industries and other non-domestic wastewater sources into municipal sewer systems and into the environment. There are events where you can be trained in the proper procedures of these regulations. 

You should only trust your precious metals in the hands of one company and that is Luis Restorations. Proudly serving customers across Long Island and New York. Contact us today for more information about metal refinishing.