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How to Design and Specify Blackened Steels | Pure + FreeForm
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How to Design and Specify Blackened Steels | Pure + FreeForm

  • Use

    Interior or Exterior
  • Applications

    Facades, soffits, canopies, roofs, screen walls, column cover, interior walls, ceilings, hollow-metal doors, millwork, signage
  • Characteristics

    Lightweight, weather-resistant, rigid, single skin, non-combustible, 100% recyclable, low maintenance, VOC free, Red List free, made from at least 20% recycled content
  • Format

    Sheet, Panel
  • Sizes

    Width: 48" | Height: up to 177"
  • Certification

    Class A Fire Rating
  • Guarantee

    20-year Warranty

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Industrial yet refined, versatile yet significant, it’s easy to understand why blackened steel is currently in high demand for commercial and residential applications. However, blackened steel has recently become a generic term for black metal, largely due to the huge amount of black painted metal in the market as well as the increasing demand for industrial finishes.

True steel, blackened and treated, can range from dark brown to blue and different shades of black. It carries a multitude of shades, textures, and patinas that allow the material to be site-specific and interesting. However, the process to create true blackened steel requires significant processing, using a multitude of chemical applications which are hard to control and lead to varying results.

To skip the blackening process and harsh chemical baths, Pure + FreeForm has created a series of blackened steels which are all VOC free, 100% recyclable, contain recycled content, and use organic inks. They are infused with our signature FEVE LUMIFLON® coating, ensuring decades of exterior life to come with no legacy of maintenance or clear coats needed.

Because there are a wide range of surface textures that can be achieved with blackened steels, it is important to keep in mind the benefits and design considerations for each surface type. See the range of blackened steels, and their various benefits, below.


  • Lightweight
  • Weather-resistant
  • Single skin
  • Low maintenance


  • Customizable
  • 20-Year warranty
  • Non-combustible
  • Class A Fire Rating
  • 100% Recyclable
  • Resists UV degradation & corrosion
  • Resists chemical exposure
  • Sustainable

Ultra-Matte to Matte Surfaces

These finishes diffuse light. In a blackened steel, this can create a softer space than something with more metallic qualities. With our new specular texture technology, we can create physical texture that, in turn, creates visual variation, much like the real thing.




Satin Surfaces

In this range, finishes are lustrous to semi-glossy. Direct light transforms the material to offer additional depth and can bring out varied undertones. This is especially beneficial when working with details or projects that need to impart a more dynamic experience.




Ultra-Gloss Matte to Extreme Gloss Matte Surfaces

With these finishes, you can see the both the presence or absence of texture because there are both gloss and matte top cots visible on the same plane. This makes the material more dynamic, creating a change in appearance depending on light exposure, angle of viewing, and time of day.




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