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Verometal® FAQ

Products

VeroMetal® is not a metal paint. It is a cold metal composite which can be applied to almost any surface by spraying or applying with a spatula. It is real metal bonded together with a resin.

AVAILABLE PRODUCTS: WATER-BASED AND SOLVENT-BASED BINDER

VeroMetal® products consist of three components; metal powder, binder and hardener or activator.

VeroMetal® for spraying:

Can be applied with standard spray equipment (HVLP). We have a solvent-based product; VeroMetal®, and a water-based version; VeroMetal® Aqua.

VeroMetal® for application with a spatula:

This spatula version of VeroMetal® can be applied with standard spatula tools. As a wall finish or for other objects. VeroMetal® Filler is the solvent-based variant. VeroMetal AquaFill® is water-based. VeroMetal AquaFill® has a long open time.

Differences between water-based and solvent-based products:

The maximum gloss level is slightly higher with solvent-based products compared to water-based products.
The solvent-based VeroMetal® Filler allows you to create thicker 3D textures compared to the VeroMetal AquaFill®.

No, a galvanic process is an electrochemical process. VeroMetal® is a cold-metal composite that can be applied to many different surfaces, including: laminate, melamine, wood, plastic, plaster, fiberglass , lime, pottery, terracotta, cardboard, paper, ceramic, concrete, foam, porcelain, glass, plastic, MDF and metal.

No, powder coating is baked onto a substrate. VeroMetal® is cold sprayed, rolled, applied by hand, or poured. VeroMetal® is not heat cured.

Applications

Yes, when the correct substrate is used and VeroMetal® is applied correctly. Both of our variants; the solvent-based and the water-based products have been tested for indoor and outdoor applications.

VeroMetal can be applied to almost all substrates. However, we recommend testing new surfaces first.
Repair of damaged surfaces is possible. The extent to which this can be done invisibly, depends on the base. For example, a highly polished finish cannot be repaired invisibly, while a patinated surface can be touched up – almost invisibly.
Application in wet areas is possible. Keep in mind that without protection, the metal will discolour the way metal does if it comes into contact with air and moisture. This gives you the characteristic appearance that metals acquire over time. If this is not desired, VeroMetal® can be protected with a clear coat or wax.

Processing

VeroMetal® can be applied by spraying, with a spatula or rolling. If the surface needs to be really tight and smooth, it needs to be sprayed. After drying, the surface must be sanded. This opens the top layer and reveals the real metal. After that, the metal surface can be further treated to any end result that one has in mind. This is done by sanding, polishing, aging with a patina, and possibly protecting the result with a clear coat or wax.

After application, VeroMetal® must dry for 16 hours at a temperature of 20°C/68°F. After which, the sanding process can start.

The drying process is accelerated by increasing the temperature. A drying temperature of 60°C/140°F reduces the drying time to 2 hours.

VeroMetal AquaFill® can be applied one after the other, in several thin layers, after a short drying time. There should be 12 hours of drying time between sanding and the last coat before sanding at a temperature of 20°C/68°F.

VeroMetal® can be applied to any base material, even a metal substrate is no problem. The preparation required for processing VeroMetal® is basically the same as any other coating. It starts with determining which primer is suitable for the base material/substrate. Then a primer must be chosen that is suitable for finishing with a polyester lacquer. Polyester is the original base of our resin in which the metal powder is dissolved. Or in the case of the water-based products, choose a primer that is suitable for a water-based finish. These primers are available as standard from your VeroMetal® supplier. There are some base material exceptions where no primer is required.
No, most technicians have the necessary standard equipment, such as an HVLP spray system or spatulas.
One spray coat of VeroMetal® is sufficient. The spatula product VeroMetal AquaFill® has been developed to quickly and efficiently achieve a solid and beautiful VeroMetal® finish in several thin layers, in quick succession.
Yes, we offer two different Application Specialists training courses. A 2-day hands-on course, where you learn to process VeroMetal® correctly. This course includes both spraying and spatulas applications. A 1-day training, specially and only aimed at working with a spatula.

That’s correct, processing VeroMetal® is a cold process.

A VeroMetal® surface is real metal. Metal surfaces react to the environment. This natural aging process can be prevented by applying a protective lacquer or wax to the surface.

Properties

Thick 3D textures can be created with the spatula filler – and has virtually no limit.
With VeroMetal AquaFill® , a layer thickness can be built up by means of several layers.

0.8 Kg/m2 – 1.5 Kg/m2, depending on the experience of the technician, the type of substrate and the shape of the object.

VeroMetal® is not a metal paint and has little shrinkage.

Yes, VeroMetal® can be applied to flexible surfaces. The advice is to test whether the degree of flexibility is sufficient by first making a test piece.

No, VeroMetal® does not conduct electricity.

In addition to the standard metals such as copper, bronze, brass and iron, there are many other metals in the range. There are also several variants of some metals, for example: white bronze, bronze, aged bronze and middle aged bronze. The difference is in the composition of metal powder.

VeroMetal® is vapour-tight. For outdoor applications it is important that the object to be treated contains virtually no moisture and is then sealed before being treated with VeroMetal®. If an object is completely sealed but still contains moisture – during frost, the areas of moisture will freeze and expand and break through the object.

Sales

VeroMetal® supplies to professional applicators.
Every VeroMetal® project is different. A surface of, for example, bronze can be finished in many ways by sanding, polishing and/or treating the surface with a patina to create an aging effect. Samples are therefore normally made by the application specialist. When they finally have to realize the project, they need to know how the approved sample was made so that the finish can be reproduced. That varies from highly polished to an aged metal and every conceivable variant in between. We therefore do not have standard samples available. We have however, put together an inspiration box with different samples for professional designers and architects.
The examples on our website are only indications to show the process and to offer ideas of what can and has already been made. They are mostly photos of projects made by Application Specialists. The size and type of project and base material to which VeroMetal® can be applied are endless. That is why there a no standard examples shown or available to order.
The actual cost of a VeroMetal® finish depends on many factors. An indication based on standard elements such as frames, furniture, kitchens, interior walls and facades is: – material costs € 65 to € 100 per m2 – costs for labour 1-4 hours per m2, depends on which finish you want to achieve. – in addition, there are costs of small items: such as sandpaper and handling costs. Costs depend on many factors, which include: – size of the object. Is there a lot of overspray? – simple flat surfaces or whimsical or round shapes? – necessity of pre-treatment of the object? – required finish sanded, versus highly polished? – desired finish with or without patina for an accelerated aging effect? – protective coating against stains and dirt? – labour costs also vary widely.
VeroMetal® is supplied in kits. Each kit contains everything you need to mix the right metal coating for correct application. Metal powder, resin and harder. The components of a kit are not supplied separately.
VeroMetal® is a developer and producer, we do not perform any projects. A quotation for a project is made by our customers, who are certified application specialists – who can spray and/or spatula with VeroMetal®.
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