How It Works: Oxidizing Engraved Brass Plates

One of our most commonly chosen modifications to engraved brass plates is the choice to oxidize your engravings.

A standard engraved brass plate has a shiny, reflective finish that is quite stylish and sleek. However, from a distance, the engraving can be harder to read. This is where oxidation comes in handy.

So how does oxidizing your custom brass plate help you?

Oxidizing engraved brass plates gives your sign a unique and elegant look while also preventing your engraving from further oxidization. This allows your sign to last longer without corrosion or signs of tarnishing.

Here’s how it works:

Every brass plate is engraved using a diamond-tip rotary with whatever custom text you choose.

An Engraved Brass Plate Saying Restroom for Customers Only

After being engraved, a solution is carefully brushed over the brass plate.

An Oxidization Solution Being Applied to the Engraved Areas of the Brass Plate

After the solution is applied, the brass quickly oxidizes, only taking about 30 seconds to react to the solution, giving it a matte black finish.

The Engraved Brass Plate With Its Letters Completely Oxidized

Although the solution is applied all over the plate, it only oxidizes the engraved letters due to a protective film that is carved away during the engraving process.

The excess solution is then washed away.

The Brass Plate is Being Run Under Water to Take Off Excess Oxidizing Solution

Leaving a perfectly oxidized brass plate, ready to dry off and get shipped out!

An Oxidized Custom Engraved Brass Plate Saying Restroom for Customers Only

These brass plates make for beautiful appreciation or memorial plaques. They are also often used as signage in restaurants or offices, like the one shown above. The classic color gives a more elegant feel to many custom signs, leading businesses to choose brass for more official signage needs.

Get everything you need to create the perfect custom signs for your business at Custom Signs! Our wide selection of metal signs, including custom brass and aluminum, will help you create any signage you need, whether you run a business, restaurant, or simply looking for some home decorations.

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