Understanding Blackinton Badge Finishes

 Nickel

Nickel Solution applied by electroplating to base material, silver in color. Most cost effective finish.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Fair strength, may lose luster with age

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Rhodium

Platinum precious metal group applied by electroplating over bright nickel base. Brilliant white color. Very popular finish.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Tarnish resistant will not discolor or peel

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Rho-Glo®

Base material with solid silver color throughout, requires no surface plating. Brilliant luster. Highly polished silver color.
*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard. STANDARD

Hardness/Durability -Very durable

Finish Life-Time Warranty – Yes | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Silver Oxide

Any base material heavy plated silver, oxidized then hand rubbed off leaving the appearance of natural oxidation from age.
* Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Nickel Oxide

Any base material plated nickel, oxidized, and then rubbed off leaving the appearance of natural oxidation from age.
* Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

 Gold Plate

Base material golden color throughout, requires no surface plating. Brilliant luster. Highly polished gold color.
*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard. STANDARD

Hardness/Durability -Very durable

Finish Life-Time Warranty – Yes | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

​VHB KK

Heavy gold electroplate (HGE) is the ultimate in 24K+ fine gold plate. This process applies a uniformly thick coating of tarnish proof high karat gold, purer and more durable than gold plate.
*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard. STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Tarnish proof and purer and more durable then gold plate​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – Yes| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

VHB Bronze

A base material, blackened and hand rubbed leaving the appearance of natural oxidation from age. A popular finish for commemorative badges.
* Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Rose Gold

A darkened gold electroplated base material which is hand rubbed to create the appearance of an antique gold finish. Another popular commemorative badge finish.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

​Chocolate Bronze

A base material, hand rubbed to create the appearance of a chocolate antique finish.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Green Bronze

CDA 260 brass oxidized, and rubbed off to create the appearance of a natural oxidation from age in a green tinted bronze finish.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

VHB Black

Subdued black finish over a base material minimal reflection. Mainly used by undercover detectives, SWAT, etc.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

MILITARY BLK (Swat, Undercover) select Nickel finish for pricing – type MB in the special instructions area

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Gunmetal

Our newest charcoal finish features a hint of blue, and unlike the matte finish of VHB Black, Gunmetal has a slight sheen. A great finish for commemorative or anniversary badges, as well as undercover detectives.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.  STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Pink

One of our newer finishes created for our Breast Cancer Awareness Line of badges. A bold pink finish is over a base material, and lacquered for durability.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. We can not use hard enamel on this finish. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

When Ordering PINK – select Nickel finish for pricing – type PI in the special instructions area 

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

 Kelly Green

One of our newest finishes created for Emerald Societies, Pipe & Drums, and Irish public safety professionals, etc. A bold green finish is applied over a base material, and lacquered for durability.
*Regular enamel is standard. We can not use hard enamel on this finish. NON-STANDARD

ORDERING: To order write KG Finish in special instructions

  • KG can be used on most Blackinton badge styles
  • KG regular enamel can be used in lettering
    • Order by stating color as KG NOT green

PRICING: Kelly green (KG) is the same price as rhodium finish

SEAL STANDARDS: (Unless otherwise specified)
  • Plain seals will be kelly green like the finish
  • One and full color seals will be gold plate
LETTERING STANDARDS:  Only regular enamel (No Hard Enamel)
  • White lettering is standard on KG finish, unless otherwise specified

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Violet

Our new Domestic Violence Violet is a vibrant purple. The violet finish is applied over a base material, and lacquered for durability.
*Regular enamel is standard. We can not use hard enamel on this finish. NON-STANDARD​​

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

VIOLET​ (​Domestic Violence) select Rhodium finish for pricing – type DV in the special instructions area

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Blue

Our new blue finish was created for Autism awareness month. This blue finish is applied over a base material, and lacquered for durability.
*Regular enamel is standard. We can not use hard enamel on this finish. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

BLUE​ (Autism Awareness) select Rhodium finish for pricing – type AB in the special instructions area

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

 

Two-Tone

Combination of gold and silver colors. Badges with applied panels will consist of Hi-Glo® & Rho-Glo®. One piece badges will consist of Hi-Glo® panels and rhodium background or Rho-Glo® panels and gold plate background.
*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard.  STANDARD

Hardness/Durability -Very durable

Finish Life-Time Warranty – Yes | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Two-Tone Gunmetal

Combination of gunmetal and either silver or gold panels. Badges will consist of Hi-Glo® or Rho-Glo® panels and gunmetal plated background.
*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard.  STANDARD

Hardness/Durability -Very durable

Finish Life-Time Warranty – Yes | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Tri-Tone

Combination of three finishes. Generally a silver, gold, and bronze finish. A very complex badge to manufacture. Tri-Tone badges must be custom quoted. Tri-tone is a great finish for a special anniversary badge. *Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard.  NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability -Very durable

Finish Life-Time Warranty – Yes | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

One thought on “Understanding Blackinton Badge Finishes”

  1. Very fast reply from customer service also I very much recommend this company over any . I was comparing my badge vs my friends badge which is an officer and his is fading on the finish and my badge is 10 yrs older I use to think that Blackinton was who made all officers badges but his manufacture is
    totally different . this company gets 2 thumbs up!!

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