Decorative Plating

Decorative plating is an electrodeposition process where a thin layer of brass, nickel, chrome, or copper is deposited on the wire mesh surface in a tank-dipped procedure. A decorative antique plated finish can really bring out the texture of a woven wire mesh in ways that other coatings cannot. The thin layer of metal does not mask the detail of the wire mesh but rather highlights it. The antique plated finish process introduces a dark oxide layer over top of the bright plated alloy. Then, visual depth is created by physically relieving the high points of the wire mesh allowing the bright plated alloy to show through. A thin layer of lacquer is applied after plating to help preserve the finish from further tarnishing.

Maximum Panel Size
1000 x 2400mm

Appropriate products and material
Woven Mesh & Mild Steel

Corrosion resistance
Since the base alloy is bare steel, a decorative plated finish is not appropriate for exterior use.  The plated finish will not adequately cover the “Wire on wire” areas that occur at the wire mesh intersections.

Wire mesh and frame assemblies
The plating process is a tank-dipped procedure. There are complications to sending a fabricated assembly through the plating process. Acid entrapment in the voids of the assembly can lead to bleed out. In some controlled situations, the plating process can be applied to wire mesh assemblies as long as there is adequate means of drainage during the rinsing process.

Special Considerations
The antique finishes undergo an abrasion process by hand to relieve the brighter alloy underneath the darker oxidized layer.  The contrast between dark and bright alloy is unique to that of the various woven wire mesh patterns.  The pictures above demonstrate how the different textures of the mesh patterns affect the same color finish.  It should be noted that with any metal finish that is done by hand, a degree of variability will be inherent in the outcome.  Samples of the finish will generally provide a good representation of color and detail however the brightness and darkness of the antique process may be different from job to job.  This variability should be factored into the final design decision.

Decorative Plating Finishes

Banker Wire antique brass plated finishes for woven wire mesh

Antique Brass

Available Finishes

Antique Brass

Banker Wire antique copper plated finishes for woven wire mesh

Antique Copper

Available Finishes

Antique Copper

Banker Wire black copper plated finishes for woven wire mesh

Black Copper

Available Finishes

Black Copper

Banker Wire dark oxide plated finishes for woven wire mesh

Dark Oxide

Available Finishes

Dark Oxide

Banker Wire antique nickel plated finishes for woven wire mesh

Antique Nickel

Available Finishes

Antique Nickel

Banker Wire satin brass plated finishes for woven wire mesh

Satin Brass

Available Finishes

Satin Brass

Banker Wire bright brass plated finishes for woven wire mesh

Bright Brass

Available Finishes

Bright Brass

Banker Wire bright copper plated finishes for woven wire mesh

Bright Copper

Available Finishes

Bright Copper

Banker Wire bright chrome plated finishes for woven wire mesh

Bright Chrome

Available Finishes

Bright Chrome

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