Dynamic cladding with Crystal Basecoat technology

One of the true limitations of metal paints and coatings is the inability to truly capture the romantic and dynamic movement of light off metal. But a new surfacing technology is allowing design to embrace the innate glamour of metal’s natural variations.

Our new Crystal Basecoat adds a colorfast translucent layer on top of untreated aluminum, before the finishing process takes place, to capture the subtle deviation of depth in the raw color. The result is the beautiful luminosity, light flow, and reflectivity you would expect from natural materials like copper, bronze, and stainless, but in a more controlled and nuanced way.

Changes in angle of interaction, time of day, and light source mean metals can be perceived in an entirely new way.

Because you can manipulate levels of glint and glow, Crystal Basecoat finishes are a great compliment against more matte and diffuse surfaces, such as high-performance concrete, stone, and GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete). Our Crystal Basecoat, like all of our metals, holds a 20-year warranty on fade, chalk, gloss, and color. All VOC free, Red List free, made from at least 20% post-consumer recycled content, and 100% recyclable.

Projects & Finishes in this Feature

  • Mount Si High School – Mercury Glass Gold
  • 108 Chambers – Deco Bronze
  • Expensify – Hampton Brass
  • Canopy – Deco Bronze