Wood Grain Finishes on Aluminum & Steel

How Does It Work?

Preparation and Coating

To start the powder coating process, a pretreatment of chemical conversions gets applied to a raw aluminum surface, creating thin layers of amorphous oxide with a coating.

The next step in Decora's powder coat process: With the use of electrostatic guns, a 2.5 mils layer of powder paint (non hazardous) is applied. Utilizing a 400°F temperature for up to 30 minutes, Polymerization is then performed. The applied base coat is conducive to creating sufficient hardness on the finalized product. Moreover, it protects aluminum against factors such as weather, corrosion, abrasion, light and humidity.

In the next stage of the powder coating process, a pre-printed film transfer (that contains organic photosensitive pigments and cellulose resin) is wrapped around the product, which is set on the surface of a trolley. A vacuum suction system removes air, and in turn, produces a perfect thermo print.

The trolley is placed within a specialized oven, affecting the decoration by converting ink pigments from solid, into gas and back again to solid within the paint layer. In the last step of the powder coat process, the film is removed upon cooling. Combined with additional breakthrough technologies we've pioneered, this powder coating process demonstrates why Decora  is a worldwide leader in decorative powder coating quality.

Sublimation Finishes

Simply take a quick glance to see the beauty that sublimated powder coating adds to any product. Ordinary materials come to life in splendid color and impeccable wood grain lines, stimulating the imagination and uplifting the spirit with impeccable print quality and high-definition, three-dimensional imaging.

However, the benefits of Decora extends beyond aesthetic appeal, regardless of how much it may draw in customers' attention. Our wood grain powder coatings also protect against outdoor elements, such as ultraviolet rays. The use of our powder coat systems also helps to preserve our precious forests, which are jeopardized through excess use of natural wood.

Powder coated materials are lightweight and easy to work with, which can help save on transportation and labour costs. These materials are also resistant to abrasion, humidity, weather, light, corrosion, and most importantly, are fire-resistant. Decora's System wood grain powder coatings significantly adds to your bottom line.

Testing and Durability

Decora adheres to strict product standards, earning the American Architectural Manufactures Association (AAMA) certificates and Qualicoat label, acknowledged by the European Laboratory and Research Organization.

Our powder coatings are certified for indoor and outdoor applications and are backed by a comprehensive warranty. Decora's custom coatings rise to the highest conceivable standard of performance excellence and design innovation. Our exacting quality-control regimen includes the following state-of-the-art procedures:

  • Stereoscopic observation

  • Microscope test (utilizing infrared rays)

  • Electronic scan microscope test

  • Brightness, adherence, thickness and hardness valuation

  • Bowing test, embossing test, accelerated corrosion test, impact resistance

  • Resistance to salt-acid room, accelerated aging testing

  • Boiling water resistance testing, lime resistance testing, condensed water resistance testing

  • Milling, slicing, drilling, cutting, flaring analyses

Sublimation is the art of imprinting a specially painted product with a wood grain, marble tone, or a number of other decorative finishes, through a sublimatic film. The inks from our films are heat transferred into the paint, providing a long lasting a extremely durable finish. The sublimation process allows for the beauty and warmth of wood, without the time consuming maintenance, and expense, associated with using natural wood. Our incredibly detailed finishes also provide an environmentally friendly alternative to using real wood.

The Largest Sublimation Outfitter in North America

Decora is the only custom sublimator in Ontario, and has been using this technology for over 8 years. By working closely with our suppliers, we have developed the skills needed to provide you with the best possible finishes.

Almost anything made of aluminium or steel can be decorated, but our company is specialized primarily in aluminium extrusions (up to 24 Ft. in length) and aluminium sheets in dimensions 10 Ft. in length and 4 Ft. in width.

A Look at the Sublimation Process

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  • At Decora it's our mission to exceed your quality expectations and to deliver on-time and on-budget.
    - E. Baldassi, President

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