From the What's New archive - October 2002...

 When the Metallics rage started in the late 1990s it was forecast to be just a short-term fascination with technology. No-one counted on humans becoming more and more adventurous in their use of these dazzling finishes.

In less than a decade, the metallics trend has swept through the car industry beyond fabrics and paint finishes and can now be found even in laminates and other decorating materials. Even stainless steel electrical appliances have become a popular way to jump into the metallic trend.

Precious metal hues, such as gold, silver and aluminium, have proven particularly popular, which is why Resene have released a new Metallics and Special Effects chart with a broader range of precious metal finishes joined by a kaleidoscope of new metallic finishes. The new chart features 43 metallics and 2 pearlescents, divided into three segments from alluvial to atmosphere to stellar. Alluvial focuses on metallic colours associated with metals unearthed, such as gold, copper and aluminium. Atmosphere is made up of those hues that are land bound or sky bound. Stellar is a chance to reach for the stars with tones more likely to be found in deep space, such as purples and reds found in interplanetary exploration. Whether decorators want to go intergalactic or keep their feet firmly glued to the ground, there's a metallic or special effect finish to suit.

Resene Metallics and Special Effects can be used to transform and add an extra dimension to virtually any surface. Subtler pearlescent finishes, Resene Pearl Shimmer and new Resene Pixie Dust, enable decorators to achieve a softer shimmering effect, more dynamic than a plain solid colour but less dazzling than a full metallic finish.

With selections from gold rush to time warp, decorators can create features of shimmer and shine with a little magic from the Resene metallics and special effects collection.

The new Resene Metallics and Special Effects chart is available for ordering online .

The Resene colour pencil recipe list has been updated to include formulations for the new metallic hues.

For further technical information see the Resene Enamacryl Metallic Data Sheet.

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