Design Specialties Finish Samples

Note from the Webmaster: Finishes appear different on every computer screen, so there is no way to accurately represent any finish on the Internet. They also can look quite different depending on the lighting in your room and the lighting when they were photographed. The pictures of finishes supplied by the manufacturer (see link below) are not very good in my opinion, so I took 3 pictures of each of the finish samples we had on hand to show how they are affected by different amounts of light. These pictures are the best representation I can find anywhere online at this time. Please ignore the scratches and imperfections, the samples are a bit scratched up and do not represent the quality of the product. I will redo these photos when we get some new samples.

Links to finish groups on this page: Powder Coat | Artisan Premier | Steel Boutique | Steel Metallic | Steel Hand Crafted | Anodized Alumuminum |

Links to the manufacturer .pdf files: Aluminum Finishes | Steel Finishes

Power Coat Finishes

Powder coat finishes are applied electrostatically and then cured buy heat. This type of finishing process is superior to high temperature paint because it forms a hard coating over the metal that is highly impervious to heat and will not rust. The process is precisely formulated and produces very consistent results with fewer imperfections. It is also the least expensive finishing process, although it has limitations and cannot replicate the more expensive artistic finishes that are hand crafted.

Artisan Premier Finishes

Artisan Premier finishes are hand applied by skilled craftsman and then coated with a heat resistant baked on enamel for durability. These are hand applied textures and finishes, so each product will differ slightly and have a character of it's own. If you are looking for a more consistent finish we recommend you stick with the Powder coat finishes.

We currently do not have samples for the following Artisan Premier finishes: Sterling, Rose Gold, Candlelight Brass and Slate Grey

Steel Boutique Finishes

Boutique finishes are hand applied by skilled craftsman and then coated with a heat resistant baked on enamel for durability. The Boutique finishes require a little more effort than the Artisan Premier finishes and are therefore a little more expensive. Because These are hand applied finishes and each product will differ slightly and have a character of it's own. If you are looking for an exact type of finish we recommend you stick with the Powder coat finishes.

Currently the only Boutique finish available is Oil Rubbed Bronze.

Steel Metallic Finishes

Metallic finishes are plated steel finishes that are either highly polished or have a brushed satin texture. They have a heat resistant baked on enamel coating for extra durability around the fire. Satin finishes may be machine or hand sanded to achieve the satin look, so some imperfections and variations in the grain of the finish are to be expected. We are currently missing the Black Nickel sample.

*Special Finishes: Polished Brass, Satin Brass, Polished Chrome, Polished Copper, Satin Copper and Antique Copper are not listed in the Design Specialties catalog and are available on some Legend doors at an additional cost. Prices are quoted by the project for doors made in special finishes.

Steel Hand Crafted Finishes

Steel Hand Crafted finishes are distressed finishes applied by a blacksmith. These are the most labor intensive and most expensive finishes because they require a highly skilled craftsman to produce them. These are hand applied textures and finishes, so each product will differ slightly and have a character of it's own. If you are looking for a more consistent finish we recommend you stick with the Powder coat finishes.

Aluminum Anodized Finishes

Anodized Aluminum finishes are impervious to the heat of a fireplace and do not rust or require an enamel coating. This makes it perfect for highly polished or satin finishes because they will not tarnish or easily become discolored from heat. When a plated steel finish gets scratched through the enamel coating, it will eventually begin to rust and spread beneath the enamel over time. This will not happen with anodized aluminum. Although the silvery color of the aluminum may show in a scratch, it will not rust or get worse.

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