With our 3D metal fabrication capabilities, you aren’t limited to straight lines and boxes. Our plasma cutters and metal rollers can easily create curved walls and rounded structures allowing us to create metal letters in any font.
WhiteClouds uses a combination of metal fabrication equipment – large hydraulic shears and CNC plasma cutting water tables for cutting, sheetmetal leaf brakes for bending, heavy-duty power plate bending rolls for rolling and shaping curved surfaces, MIG (metal inert gas) welders for welding all of the pieces together, metal grinding and sanding equipment for performing the finish work in preparation for our painting processes.
With our 3D metal fabrication equipment and various metal choices, we can help you choose the material that is best for your project.
With the use of our automotive paint booths and special paint guns, our letters can be painted to match the aesthetic design of your project. We even have paint airbrushing capabilities to create unique and very detail designs for those custom letters.
Hot rolled and cold rolled Steel
Steels of different grades and specifications can be either hot rolled or cold rolled. The difference between the two refers only to the temperature they are processed under. Certain types of steel are better suited for certain applications. Hot rolled steel is easier to work with. It also requires less processing and is, therefore, much cheaper. Cold rolled steel, however, is used when more precision applications are needed or for aesthetic reasons when a specific surface characteristic is desired.
Aluminum can be finished in natural satin, anodized, or polished coatings and can be clear-coated or painted. This is a lightweight solid metal at a cost-effective price. It is not as strong as steel but is a third of the weight. It also has better thermal conductivity.
Diamond Plating Metal
Diamond Plate is also known around the world as tread plate, checker plate and floor plate. Its name comes from the diamond raised surface pattern that gives the metal traction in certain applications, therefore it is seen regularly in shipping docks, walkways, running boards or steps. This unique pattern and highly reflective surface also makes it desirable in decorative, cosmetic and architectural applications. It can be made from Aluminum, Carbon Steel or Stainless Steel.
Stainless steel is a non-porous steel alloy with superior corrosion resistance compared to carbon/alloy steel. Alloy content differs but usually includes iron, copper, chromium, nickel or molybdenum and manganese. It is stronger than aluminum and is a poor conductor of electricity and heat.
Cor-Ten is a weather resistant steel that is often used in outdoor construction. It has a natural antiqued rust finish when exposed to the elements that appear in just a few months. This layer of rust is allowed to develop and regenerate continuously when subjected to weather and it forms a protective coating.
Different finishes for our metal letters and signs can be used depending on requirements for durability, weather-proofing, temperature, mobility, strength, and flexibility.
Our in-house spray booth gives us flexibility in different types and grades of paint and finishing capabilities. High-grade automotive paint works best for most applications because of its long-lasting durability, corrosion-resistant and scratch-resistant finish. Acidic primers are applied before painting.
Chrome Plating is a technique of electroplating a thin layer of chromium onto a metal substrate. It is as aesthetically pleasing as it is durable. Chrome finishes are brighter and shinier than stainless steel, but they can also scratch and show fingerprints and dirt easily.
After shaping, welding, grinding, and polishing, an acidic primer is applied and then airbrushed with a high-quality automotive finish. Each letter weighed approximately 45 pounds and measured 3’ tall and is 18” deep.
Powder coating is a dry finishing process for a wide array of products, including metal, that gives it a high-quality, durable finish. It is applied as a dry powder through an electrostatic process, then cured with heat. Powder coatings are available in an almost endless range of colors and textures. Powder-coated projects are more resistant to impact, moisture, chemicals, UV light, scratches, chipping, corrosion, fading, and other wear issues.
Installation materials and costs will depend on how each finished product will be used. This is determined as part of the bid process before we begin the project. 3D Metal signage will be shipped for self-installation, or we can send a crew for on-site installation. Large free-standing metal structures will have metal brackets welded to the bottom so they can be bolted to concrete or metal slabs.
Below is a video showing how easy it is to install these metal letters.