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4 Enclosure Finishes for a Quality End Product

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Why spend time building the perfect enclosure if it won’t last or isn’t going to look professional? Enclosure finishes provide a durable and attractive coating that protects a product and helps it function at its best. Need an enclosure that can take on high temperatures? Avoid corrosion? Withstand impact and become a beautiful and branded finished product? Various finishes offer unique advantages, and the final use for your product often determines the best type of finish to use.

An enclosure engineer can help you determine which of following four enclosure finishes is best suited for your product’s needs.


Water-based paints are attractive and allow OEMs to utilize a specific color scheme. PMS and RAL colors can be matched, and specific textures can be achieved with this type of finish.

Powder Coating

A powder coating provides a heavy-duty, attractive finish for products with metal parts. Black wrinkle powder comes as standard, but other colors are available.

Vinyl-Laminated Metals

Vinyl-coated metal is a value-added product in which vinyl film is bonded to the surface of a metal sheet (usually cold rolled, galvanized or aluminum). Metal finishes can help protect your metal enclosure and inhibit oxidation and conductivity. They come in various clear or colored finishes. Vinyl-laminated metal typically expedites production turnaround compared to pre-painted products. For instance, it eliminates inplant printing, frees up plant space and reduces costs such as labor, capital equipment, energy, materials, maintenance, environmental compliance and insurance. It is also less expensive to produce smaller quantities (compared to pre-painted products).

Buckeye Shapeform engineers can help you decide which type of vinyl-laminated metal is best for your product.

  • Vinyl-clad aluminum comes as standard in blue or black, and additional colors are available.
  • Vinyl-clad cold rolled steel comes in white as standard while other colors are available.
  • Alodine is used for paint adherence, rust inhibiting, and conductivity. It provides a clear finish.
  • Anodizing provides an attractive appearance, improves hardness and inhibits rust. It comes in clear and blue.
  • Zinc Chromate comes in clear and black, and it improves conductivity and inhibits rust.

Screen Printing Screen printing is an easy and cost-effective way to add functionality and professional appearance to your case. It can incorporate a single color or multiple colors.

Buckeye Shapeform offers all types of enclosure finishes to help its customers meet their product’s exact requirements and create a custom look.

Contact Buckeye Shapeform today to learn more about the different types and colors of enclosure finishes that are available.

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