Metallic - What does metallic mean?
A type of finish. Metallic is used to describe a surface or colour that has the appearance of metal. Metallic materials may or may not contain traces of actual metal (materials that do contain metal are "metallised"); a metallic finish can be created by combining highly specific colours and coatings to recreate the gloss and texture of metal or by adding some element of metal, either in the form of finely flaked metal or an extremely thin coating of metal, although not necessarily the metal that the finish is meant to represent.
For example, gold paint can be made by mixing together white, black, and yellow pigments (for colour) and then adding a binder (for adhesion, gloss, and texture) and flakes of mica (a mineral that has a glittery appearance and reflects light, for a more realistic metallic effect), while some “gold” materials are actually made using amounts of silver, copper, aluminium, brass, zinc, or platinum mixed with other components to create a gold appearance.
In labelling, coatings, face materials, and inks with metallic finishes can be used to create a label with a metallic finish.Go Back to Glossary