How to maintain your Metal Nameplate

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Let’s set the scene.

You have recently decided to start a new architecture firm. You’ve set the office up, splashed out on new supplies and have your team raring to go. You decide the office needs one final finishing touch – a bespoke engraved metal nameplate that lets your clients know who you are.

You submit your order, and your shiny, new nameplate arrives a few days later. You love it – your new firm’s name glistening as the light bounces off the metal. You’re keen to keep it in this condition for as long as possible but aren’t sure how… that’s where we can help.

Maintaining your metal nameplate effectively is often easier said than done. Depending on the type of metal it has been made from, this can significantly impact its longevity and durability. However, with the right maintenance, it can be kept in tip-top condition for months and years to come.

In this article, we detail two of the main metals used to produce engraved nameplates and highlight how to maintain them both effectively.

1 – Aluminium

Aluminium is the most commonly used nameplate metal for good reason. Not only is it the most abundant metal on the planet, but it is resistant to corrosion, making it the ideal choice for engraving. It’s also incredibly lightweight and durable and is often used by the military, aircraft and marine industries.

To keep it from deteriorating over time, it’s important to remove any grease or dirt using a clean sponge and warm water. If the dirt is particularly difficult to remove, use a mild detergent to help shift it and then buff it using a clean, soft piece of cloth.

If the nameplate starts to discolour, don’t worry – a mixture of tartaric acid (two teaspoons) and warm water (1.13 litres or 2 pints) should do the job.

2 – Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is another commonly used metal in nameplate crafting and is generally considered the best choice for acidic environments. Since this metal is resistant to corrosion, chemicals and heat, it is the ideal choice for a wide variety of applications. Its resistance to dents and scratches is also one of the key reasons why it’s used outdoors so commonly.

To keep your stainless steel nameplate clean, you simply need to give it a gentle wipe using warm water and a mild detergent, and then remove any excess moisture with a cotton cloth. If the nameplate becomes stained, use an equal parts solution of warm water and vinegar to wipe off the stain.

If you are looking to produce a high-quality metal nameplate for your business or would like any tips on how to maintain an existing one, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.