The DecoWood finish is created using a process called photo imaging. This is a two stage process of powder coating the aluminium and then sublimating the woodgrain pattern into the coating.
During the first stage of this process, the aluminium profile or sheet is pre-treated (giving it corrosion resistance) before it is powder coated. Different powders are used depending on the application (see below). In accordance with Decorative Imaging's high standards of quality and durability, all powders used perform particularly well in extreme exposure zones such as within 200 metres of salt water, and are otherwise known as Super Durable marine grade finishes.
In addition to the three different types of powders outlined below, we can also supply our finishes in various other powder types such as polyurethane matt, non-reflective, anti-bacterial, super-textured and more. Contact our friendly and professional team on 02 9726 7726 to discuss your project needs.
For DecoWood finishes intended for outdoor applications, a special polyester textured powder coating is used as a standard. It is a Qualicoat Class 2.0 powder coating that is rated Super Durable due to its excellent performance in harsh UV conditions. The textured finish has the natural look and a feel of real timber.
For interior DecoWood applications a polyurethane smooth powder coating may be used. This gives more of a polished timber appearance. This powder used is a Qualicoat Class 1.0 powder coating, although we can also supply the smooth finish as a Qualicoat Class 2.0 powder coating upon request.
For other finishes in our range such as DecoArt and DecoRoccia, a smooth polyurethane clear powder coating is applied over a standard polyester white powder coating. The clear coating contains no existing pigments, allowing for perfect image colour transfer. The polyurethane powder coating also has exceptional chemical resistance, great for graffiti-prone areas. Spray paints and marker pen can be wiped off easily using household chemicals.
For our DecoDeck product a textured polyurethane powder coating is also used. The coating contains particles of rubber in the formulation to give a slip-resistant finish. This has been tested and rated to an R11 or in the new system P4.