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6/26/2012 | 1 MINUTE READ

Stainless-Steel Film Can Replace the Real Thing

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AkzoNobel’s Specialty Finishes business has developed a new type of PVDF cast film aimed at replacing mechanically brushed decorative metals. Dubbed Brushed Bright Film, the material has already been deployed in auto interior parts such as front consoles and instrument panels. Other potential applications include consumer appliances and products, notebook and tablet PCs, and architectural panels. The scratch-resistant decorative film may be combined with custom colors, tints, and prints to create a wide range of designs and looks. Additionally, the film surface is said to be easy to clean and is resistant to chemicals, corrosion, and fingerprints. Moreover, the film offers a lower total applied cost for decorating products currently made from brushed metals.

“The film is physically brushed in contrast to other similar and lower-quality films that are printed or foil-transferred, allowing the visual quality to match stainless and other brushed metals,” says Hans Nelissen, Americas regional manager, who has global responsibility for film at Specialty Finishes. “Our patented construction allows the film to bend, stretch, and form without cracking.” Akzo Nobel achieves the brushing effect in part by physically scratching the film. Further details were not divulged.

For insert molding, thermoforming, or laminating, Brushed Bright film is available in continuous rolls laminated to substrates such as ABS, PC, PVC, acrylic, and TPO. The film can cover rounded corners or deep draws, states Nelissen. AkzoNobel’s Specialty Finishes manufacturing facility (the recently acquired Soliant LLC) is in Lancaster, S.C.