1. Is it paint?
No, it is not metal paint. It is a patented, cold sprayable metalizing process, comprised of up to 75% pure metal. It is an alternative to chrome plating, foundry metal, metallic paint finishes, plating, and other metalizing processes.
2. Is it metal plating?
No, metal plating is an electro-chemical process. MakeItMetal, is a cold spray metallization process that can be applied to a variety of surfaces. These include but are not limited to: Laminate, melamine, wood, plastic, gypsum, fibreglass, ceramics, concrete, foam, porcelain, glass, and metal.
3. Is it powder coating?
No, powder coating is baked on. MakeItMetal is sprayed on, rolled on, hand-applied, or poured on. It also may be cast.
4. Can it be used on outdoor products?
Yes, over the proper substrate and when properly applied. We have documented ASTM testing with zero breakdown equivalent to 25 years.
5. Does MakeItMetal require special equipment?
No, most manufacturers have the necessary equipment, such as a spray booth and polishing items. Make It Metal can assist you in selecting the proper equipment.
6. Is there a mil thickness limitation?
A minimum thickness of 0.008″t o 0.010″ can be achieved in a single spray application, and is found to be the most desirable. There is no limitation on how thick you apply MakeItMetal; however, the .008″-.010″ is the most economical.
7. How many coats are needed?
One spray application will achieve the desired mil thickness of .008″- .010″.
8. What substrate can it NOT be sprayed on?
The only substances known are silicones, unsealed Styrofoam, Teflon and some epoxies.
9. What is the coverage of each MakeItMetal kit?
Each kit covers 100-125 square feet, depending on the skill of the spray operator and the shape of the piece.
10. Is there any special training?
Yes like all successful solid-surface manufacturers Make It Metal offers training for the MakeItMetal composite metal. A two-day, hands on course can be booked with Make It Metal in our facility.
11. Does MakeItMetal shrink?
No, because MakeItMetal is not metal paint, it does not shrink due to evaporation.
12. Is there really no heat involved?
That’s right. There is no heat distortion and no heat impact on the substrate. MakeItMetal is a cold process.
13. Is MakeItMetal flexible?
Yes, MakeItMetal can be applied to flexible surfaces.
14. Does MakeItMetal conduct electricity?
No, MakeItMetal does not conduct electricity, and it is non-galvanic.