Our Metallight™ finishes are a durable metallized coating.
Metallized Finishes using PVD
Our Metallight™ finishes are a durable metallized coating. Harnessing insights into acrylics, urethane, metals and physical vapor deposition (“PVD”), we have developed a patented process that results in a metallized coating that is similar in appearance but more durable than plated chrome. With process temperatures less than 325°F, Metallight™ is ideal for critical cast alloys and electro-coated substrates, as well as certain non-metallic materials. Designed against the toughest automotive OEM specifications, the Metallight™ system holds up against corrosion, thermal shock, and UV exposure.
Importantly to our customers, through the use of a variety of metals in our process, we can customize the hue (tonality) of the metal finish to produce an unlimited number of different metal finishes from dark to light, silver to gold. We can also produce different finishes from high gloss to flat/matte.
The difference between premium and regular paint is the quality of how the paint lays down as well as the special additives that are utilized in the paint to give the paint a special look or feel that a regular paint would not exhibit.
The bulk of the premium paints utilized by the automotive industry contain metallic flakes of various sizes that, through the chemical composition of the paint and the thickness of the application of the paint, allow the metallic flakes to either lay horizontal, vertical or at obtuse angles to the substrate, giving different sheens or looks to the coating. A number of these paints are applied in layers only angstroms thick instead of mills thick for a regular paint. Because of the thinness of the layers, specialty paints are difficult to apply on a consistent basis, an absolute requirement of the OEM’s.
The Company has been able to develop programs with its paint application robots to be able to provide a consistent thin coating of these premium paints allowing the metallic flakes to orient themselves to the design parameters. In addition to the metallization process, our ability to apply these special paints on a consistent basis without error makes Helios’s capabilities significant to the industry.