Brass Name Plates

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They are generally more costly than other types of materials used for nameplates, and are often used for decorative applications. Read More…

Brass Name Plates Brass nameplates are flat, two-dimensional metal plates that function as a means to display many different types of information in an elegant manner.

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Eden Prairie, MN  |  800-806-6113

Your name plates are your image. We want to ensure that you place your best image forward at all times. That is why we carry an extensive line of quality name plate products. It is our goal to exceed your expectations each day you work with us.

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Douglas Corporation $$$

Pomona, CA  |  909-784-6305

At King Epoxy, we strive to be your number-one source for decorative and interface solutions. Our line of products include nameplates, graphic overlays and panels, and more.

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King Epoxy Technology Partners (KTP) $$$

North Ridgeville, OH  |  800-428-0095

We have served a multitude of industries, including aerospace, electronics, automotive, and military. Our technology enables us to produce our nameplates in small and large quantities, and from materials ranging from stainless steel to brass to aluminum.

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Metal Marker Manufacturing $$$

Menifee, CA  |  951-928-0005

Inland Products is a manufacturer of high-quality identification tags, nameplates and metal labels that can be purchased blank, engraved or printed to your specifications. Our capabilities include coining, laser etching, mechanical engraving, and more. With our combined 75+ years of experience in the identification products industry, you can count on us to deliver our products at an competitive price.

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Inland Products $$$

Mt. Vernon, IA  |  800-553-8871

U.S. Nameplate’s proven track record over the past 50 years & ISO 9001:2000 registration means you can count on well-made, good-looking name plates & more. One-stop product identification shop: nameplates, safety labels, decals, serial / VIN plates, graphic overlays, control panels, data-rating plates, & all kinds of custom brand identity products. We go the extra mile to save you time & money!

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U.S. Nameplate Company $$$

Dallas, TX  |  800-527-2158

Founded in 1946, Texas uses chemical etching, photo etching and other processes to produce identification tags, labels and name plates from a variety of materials. Texas’ products have been used on oil field equipment, government items and more. Texas is an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 compliant company. Visit the TNC website today for more information.

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Texas Nameplate Company, Inc. $$$
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Brass is a copper alloy, usually containing 33% zinc and 67% copper, although other metals like tin, arsenic and antimony may be added to improve strength, hardness or formability. The more zinc used in the alloy, the lighter the color of the brass, ranging from a dark reddish brown to a silvery yellow color.

Brass is stronger and harder than pure copper, but is not comparable with metals like titanium and steel. Therefore, it is rarely used in industrial settings where exposure to extreme temperatures, abrasive chemicals and constant moisture are common. Brass nameplates may be used both indoors and out but are often lacquered and polished to prevent oxidation, which tarnishes the metal.

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Brass nameplates are often used on doors and desks in office and corporate settings as a fancy alternative to plastic or wood. They are nailed onto trophies, works of art and awards of merit as title plates as well as briefcases, bedroom doors, boxes, suitcases and trunks. Outdoor memorial plaques, which are commonly seen nailed to statues or benches, are often made of brass. Quality tags on pet collars are sometimes made of brass as well.

When brass is exposed to oxygen, it quickly oxidizes, ruining its shiny finish and attractive color, a process known as tarnishing. Outdoor brass nameplates tarnish much more quickly than those used outdoors. To prevent this from happening, most brass is lacquered with a clear coat on one side, which is generally made of silica powder, ammonia and isopropyl alcohol.

This chemical seals the brass exterior from air, thus protecting it from exposure to oxygen. Indoors, the lacquer lasts for upwards of 20 years if it isn't exposed to moisture, while outdoor brass objects must be re-lacquered and polished every few years. The clear lacquer is easily removed with paint thinner.

Highly abrasive cleaning products tend to remove the clear coat as well as scratch the brass, so cleaning and polishing brass nameplates must be done with certain specially-made cleaning agents. The brass nameplate itself is most often nailed to wood and is commonly sold with a set of nails or pins for mounting. They are flat and rectangular or oval in shape, although many manufacturers offer more complex and custom made designs.

All brass nameplates contain text, which is usually an individual's full name, initials, a date, title or contact information. Brass is usually engraved, a process that inscribes the text through abrasive etching, which uses lasers, metal needles or diamond. Chemical etching is also a popular method, a process that uses abrasive chemicals to dissolve the exposed metal after a stencil is laid down on the brass surface.

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