water-based liquid metal, metal textures

Water-based Liquid Metal

Water-based liquid metal is leading edge.

Metalier is the world's leading manufacturer of our flexible and water-based liquid metal.  Of course we have a solvent binder too, but the world is heading towards zero VOCs and green materials.  With our water-based liquid metal binder Metalier is at the forefront of this development.  Respecting our environment is very important to us.

Water-based liquid metal has many advantages

One of the advantages is that it actually smells pleasant.  This is a great boon to applicators and finishers and their neighbours.

Another is that it dries so quickly.  This allows for a speedier turnaround of work – important in this present age of immediacy.

It makes applications in situ much easier.

It has fewer ingredients than the solvent liquid metal system so there is less chance of errors.

With the water-based liquid metal binder you don’t need acetone, gun-cleaner, thinner or catalyst so it is much quicker to make a mixture.

It has a longer shelf-life than the solvent binder.

Water-based liquid metal is non-hazardous

Our dispatch department tells us that water-based liquid metal is a dream to freight around the world.  There is no expensive Haz Mat documentation, no additional documentation fees, no off-loading by shipping companies or airlines.  And it is so much cheaper to ship.

Auckland City refurbishment

When the Auckland City offices moved into a building formerly occupied by a bank, it was essential to remove the bank branding and replace it with its own.  Part of the requirement was to coat lintels at the main doorways – a job that needed to be done in situ.  Our custom-made metal, Gunmetal Bronze, a dark gun-metal grey, was chosen by the architects.  A light-textured finish was rolled onto the lintels in situ.  The resulting effect is fabulous and very New Zealand in flavour.

The health gurus keep telling us to drink more water.  While we don’t want you to drink our water-based liquid metal we do want you to use it more and more.  You’ll be pleased you did.

Contact us for more information and advice and to get your design crafted in Metalier.


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Distributeurs en Europe | Metalier Liquid Metal

At Metalier Liquid Metal we are excited to announce that our search for distributeurs en Europe, distributors in Europa has begun in earnest.

Representatives have been appointed in France and Belgium.

Check out our new page in French for contact with our agent in France, Alain Neplaz or telephone him on   (33)6 07 66 80 88 or email him here.

Check out our new pages in French and Dutch for contact with our agent in Belgium, Moustafa Mokhtari, or telephone him on (32)499986019  or email him here.

It’s easy to get started with Metalier Liquid Metals in Europe.

Granlyn in the West Midlands UK is the hub for distributeurs en Europe.

Training Centre

Granlyn have set up a training centre in West Bromwich near Birmingham.  There is easy access to Birmingham by train from London and it boasts an international airport too.  So getting to training is easy.  Contact Alison by telephone at (44) 121 588 7888 or Mob: (44) 7791 890459 or email her to check the current price for training and book your place.

We can’t recommend training too highly.  In fact, we’ve just changed the labels on our products to include the warning that they are for use by trained applicators.  It is possible, we concede, to teach yourself, but you will waste a lot of time and a lot of product.  And if your New Year’s resolution was to take the stress out of your business, then training is a no-brainer.  It makes economic sense too.

Technical Support

Granlyn offers technical support in your time zone.  Granlyn have the application and finishing of the product down to a fine art.  They have also completed prestigious projects.  You can also still contact us for support at Head Office in New Zealand but practically we are likely to be in the Land of Nod when you need us most.

Start small and grow your business

Our European hub means that you can choose whether to begin as an applicator/applicateur and purchase small amounts from Granlyn or take the bigger step and order in bulk from HQ in NZ.


Above all we offer flexibility and assistance to get you started.  And you’ll have fun while you learn.  Laughing is one of the things we do best both here in NZ and in the UK.

Contact Alain, Moustafa, Alison, or Mary at HQ and join our team.  Let's make the Metalier map as good as the picture.


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Metalier Distributors; thank you

Thank you to all Metalier Distributors

Our Metalier Distributors create our success.

It’s holiday season and time to reflect on the amazing year we’ve had in 2014.  And our success can be attributed first and foremost to our amazing Metalier Distributors.

First of our Metalier Distributors is Granlyn in the UK:

First on board and first to spread the word – Craig and Ali are great business people, great Metalier advocates and great friends.  Thanks guys.

Second of the Metalier Distributors is Mettech in Brunei:

Yani and Wafi do fabulous work which they post regularly on Facebook.  They are great friends too and the produce beautiful children as well as beautiful metal.  The talent!  Go Brunei.

And third we have Singapore:

Richard and his team have presented Metalier at a show in Singapore and got great feedback.  They are poised to leap forward – we’re poised to see where they land!

Fourth of the Metalier Distributors is in Yekaterinburg in the Russian Federation: You won’t believe how long and how difficult it has been to get Metalier products into Russia.  But now they are there and in the hands of a team that we know are going to be fabulous performers.  Andrew’s tenacity has been amazing – I would have thrown my toys long before but Andrew has persisted.  Thank you so much.

AND WE’RE TALKING TO:Indonesia, Thailand, the Middle East, India and Iran. And we have appointed “finders” in France and Belgium. We have had a phenomenal year.  We are truly grateful.

Thank you Metalier Distributors!  Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you want to join the party contact us soon.

Happy holidays everyone from:

Mary,  Ken, Will & Lizzi


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Rust doors, transition pattern

Rust doors | Metalier Liquid Metal

Rust doors by Metalier Liquid Metal featured in the TV Show “How did you do that”. 

If your missed the show you can check out the video here.  The rust door in the show was done in the pattern we call transition.

Metalier has many rust door options

Because we make our own patina Metalier can offer many different rust options for your doors.

The different patinas available mean that you can choose a dark brown, yellow, red or even a volcanic colour for your rust door.  One of the beauties of Metalier rust is that it is only the fine Metalier coating that is actually rusting not the substrate which remains intact.  And with Metalier Nano Clear Coat you can protect the rust from damage by the elements or from curious people touching it.

Metalier rust gives you all the design beauty of rust without the degradation and destruction associated with regular rust.

It’s not only rust doors that are popular at Metalier right now – we have recently completed two double doors for an apartment in Fiji that are light-textured copper.  (Clever client –he must have heard the whisper that copper is the new black!)  And we’ve in the process of completing copper doors in a filigree pattern for a soon-to-open Parnell restaurant.  Now they were a challenge but more about that later.

There are so many design options available with Metalier and we love the chance to help you make your front door (or boardroom door – or bathroom door for that matter) make a statement.  You know that we can section off parts of doors and use different metals or different patterns and textures to create unique statements.

We’ve got lots of designs which we’d love to show you or we will work with your ideas.

To make a statement with your door rusty or not – contact us


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Distributors | Belgium & Netherlands

Metalier Coatings is looking for distributors, applicators and OEMs in Belgium and the Netherlands

So what is Metalier?

It is a cold liquid metal coating system.  It is a metal veneer that enables you to make any substrate look like solid metal.

It’s alchemy at its best and most scientific.

Metalier Liquid Metal is used by architects, designers, sign-writers, boat-builders, joinery companies, film companies and artists.

As a Metalier applicator or distributor you will have a vast range of people wanting our product.  We will show you how to apply and finish the coatings.  We will show you how to make textures, to use wax, to make rust and other wonderful effects.  We also show you how to make money using Metalier – we show you our panel systems, our flooring and our art options.  You can make money by becoming a stand-alone Metalier applicator or by adding the range to your existing business.

Our UK distributors, Granlyn Specialist Coatings, have changed their business from supplying auto-paints to becoming a coatings specialist.  It was Metalier and the success of the coating that gave Granlyn the confidence to make this change.

But don’t take our word for it – ask Craig or Alison McDonald yourselves.

Craig’s telephone number is +44 7855 487532 and you can email him here.

Alison’s telephone number is + 44 7791 890459 and you can email her here.

There are other coatings in the market place and we expect you to do your due diligence.

As you will find out Metalier is head and shoulders above the opposition mainly because Metalier is easier to work with and because we offer competitive pricing.  We also offer good technical support and we are actually good people to deal with.

Our Russian distributor Andrew Skipin to us but Андрей Скипин at home says of us:

“I never tire of thanking you for your such matchless service and care. Your attitude to our business like to your own one.”

Our happy customers include Paul Smith in London and Hamburg, Hacketts of Regent Street, The Sugar Club and Christian Dior in Auckland and Melbourne.  Metalier finishes are featured in Restaurant no 18 of Architecture and Design’s article 24 Life Changing Restaurants to Experience before you die.

Our representative in Belgium and Netherlands is Moustafa Mokhtari.

If the world of Metalier sounds like you contact Moustafa now on Tel +32499986019 or email him .  Moustafa speaks French and English and his wife speaks Dutch as well.  So there is nothing to hold you back!


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Terry Stringer, metal in art

Metal in art | Metalier Liquid Metals

Metal in art brings to mind great sculptures

Like the wonderful works of Terry Stringer, featured on this page, metal in art can mean sculptures and heavy cast metal in bronze.  We at Metalier are devoted fans of Terry and his work and have a little collection of our own. And we love visiting Terry’s sculpture garden, Zealandia.

Metal in art can also mean using Metalier Liquid Metal

Metalier liquid metal has also been used artistically in a variety of ways.  It was used as a feature of the Shadows of Shoah Exhibition.  Shadows of Shoah is a touring exhibition bringing to life the horrors of the Holocaust.  Metalier’s textured iron was used to create a menacing background to the pictures of the survivors.

Metal in art can be playful too

Metalier is very proud to sponsor young artist, Alex Bartleet. If you go to Alex’s website  the home page features a work he created in Metalier brass.   Alex uses thousands of objects in his artworks that document the environment he currently lives in.  Some of the objects he uses are more recognizable than others. He assembles the objects as randomly as possible and preserves them in resins, metals and paint.

Alex had a solo exhibition in 20112 based entirely round his works being coated in Metalier metals.  Metalier provided the coatings and applied them using our spray method onto the works.  Alex, to our relief, was more than happy to sand and finish the works – a process which, in this case, because of the intricate, delicate and immense number of surfaces was very time-consuming.  It was also a major part of creating the art in any case.

As part of the sponsorship, Alex donated to Metalier one of the works featured in the exhibition.  It is in aluminium and we love it.

Now all we have to do is to think of a way to sponsor Terry too!!

We are here to hear about your ideas for using Metalier to bring art and beauty into your décor.  Give us a call or send us an email.


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Metal textures | Metalier Liquid Metal

Metal textures are featured in the entrance ways to Auckland Council’s Administration Building

Metalier’s commission to re-clad the posts and lintels of Auckland Council’s Administration Building was a showcase for our metal textures.

Three metals and four metal textures were used in the composition

The metals are copper in the texture we call “Muse”.  Bronze features in two metal textures, one called “Imagine” and the other “Papyrus”.  Papyrus is created using sheets of paper – hence its name.  There is also a bronze raw finish which is an off- the- gun smooth finish with an interesting fleck through it.

The lintels are in our gunmetal grey bronze which we call Ravine.  This is in a very light texture and was rolled on site.

Metal textures are mostly created using our HP solvent binder

The lintels provided a challenge.  They couldn’t be taken out of the building but the architects Creative Spaces wanted to have a textured look.  It couldn’t be completed using the solvent binder, however, because there were people working in the building while the work was going on.  We solved the problem, however, and created a very light rolled finish which we could roll on site.  The posts were totally re-clad and the work done in our workshop.

Metal textures offer creative and design opportunities

Creative Spaces are to be congratulated on the design for the entryway and for integrating the choice of metals with the Maori lintel.  In its previous life the building had housed a bank.  The posts and lintels were a very yellow brass (not Metalier) which was so associated with the bank’s branding that it couldn’t remain.  The design solution by Creative Spaces acknowledges the partnership with Maori which is an essential part of all things in Aotearoa|New Zealand.

To inspire your muse check out the metals on our website and contact us for more information and to get your Metalier metal textures.


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Metal Veneer | Bronze

Metal Veneer | Bronze | Metalier Liquid Metal

Bronze is the new black

This authoritative statement was made to me this morning by one who would know.  Metalier Metal Veneer | Bronze is ready with a variety of metals, textures, waxes and patinas.  And it is ready to deliver a finish like the beautiful bronze bench designed by Marie Khouri pictured at a fraction of the cost of foundry or cast bronze.

The range of Metal Veneer | Bronze includes:


Smoky Bronze – is made to our recipe and unavailable from anyone other than Metalier.  This is a darker deeper moody and seductive bronze.

Gunmetal Grey Bronze  is actually a grey colour but has a bronze base.  This means that, although the metal is grey, it has the warmth of bronze.  It is the only bronze in the Metal veneer | bronze range that will not take a patina.  This is particularly useful in a wet area such as a kitchen or bathroom when a grey look is required but iron is too risky!  Again, Ravine is our own recipe and the metal available only from Metalier.

Special treatments to Metal Veneer | Bronze

Apart from Ravine, the bronzes can be treated with Metalier patinas to give a verdigris look, an aged look or a pearlescent effect.  They can also be darkened with black wax and textured in a number of interesting ways.  Check out the website to see the various patterns we and our distributors have devised including brique, jigsaw and transition.

Bronze veneer is frequently a better choice than solid bronze

There are many occasions when a veneer can be a better choice than cast or sheet bronze.  An example is the pool fencing shown on our site – the stainless steel substrate was much stronger than solid bronze would have been.  It is lighter too and it’s cost-effective.

Contact us to see how Metalier metal veneer can assist the execution of your great design.


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metal design

Metal Design with Metalier Liquid Metals

Metal Design is a Metalier skill

Metal design – exploring and pushing the boundaries are what we love best at Metalier.  The team's metal design skills can be required, for example, to work out how to create an aged brass patina for a kitchen fit-out.  They are currently working out a way to copper coat an old rustic steel door.  They have worked painstakingly to create the exact colour effect for a high end retail fit-out.

Metal Design is one part of what we do

We also go the second mile to help you realize your metal design ideas.  Right now we are working with a designer who wants to create a coffee table with differently styled legs.  We have sourced the wood-turner who has turned the legs, we have found the manufacturer who will make the table top and advise on the bracing of the legs.  And all of this is just part of the service.  We’ll let you know when the table is available and how you can buy one for yourself.

Chandeliers are a new metal design from Metalier

In this case the chandelier retailer new exactly what she wanted.  Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to get ideas out of other people’s heads and into a metal design that works.  We had a few iterations of the finish until we got it right.  But we’re always happy to work at it and the end result is amazing.  When the new shop is open we’ll tell you where it is and we’ll even post a picture of the completed light fitting.  I tell you this is something like you have never seen before.

Metal Design inspires us

There are so many beautiful metal ideas out there – we get so excited.

Your Metal Design can be your idea or ours

Metalier will work with you to create your vision.  We’ll make suggestions and let you have our ideas but we never boss – promise.  Well, if we do, we’ll be nice about it and you won’t even notice.

Contact us here.


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Design with metal | Metalier Liquid Metal

Metalier creates new opportunities to design with metal

Design with metal is exciting with Metalier Liquid Metal because of all the possible, affordable and challenging options that it allows.

Life is never dull at the Metalier workshop at HQ. To illustrate this right now in our workshop we have a number of amazing front doors about to grace homes in Parnell, Auckland, in Herne Bay and in Fiji.  We bathroom and kitchen vanities undergoing the Metalier design with metal treatment in Ravine/Gunmetal Bronze and brass.

We have some rusted filigree-style steel gates and booth dividers that will be sandblasted, galvanized and coated with copper.  This is design with metal simply not achievable in any other way.  These are going into a Parnell restaurant.

We have strand board which is being coated with black-waxed aluminium which is designed for a high-end fashion boutique – actually two of them:  one in Auckland and the other in Melbourne.

And while all this is going on we are working at perfecting our soon to be released new flooring, our panel system and exclusive light-fittings (more about this soon).  And this is not to mention coming up with new texture and sample ideas.  Our most popular right now our rolled steel look in Ravine/Gunmetal Bronze.

Metalier have a wide range of metals, textures and finishing techniques

The wide range of metals, the wide range of textures and effects and the range of patinas and waxes ensure that your design with metal is unique.  Add to that the fact that every finish is hand-crafted and you truly have individual and unique design with metal.

Most of the commissions Metalier undertakes would not be possible without Metalier Liquid Metal.  The restaurant pieces, for example, would be astronomically expensive if cast in solid copper, the strand board in the boutiques would have literally weighed a tonne and the light-fittings.  Just not possible – full stop.

To explore your ideas for design with metal contact the teams either at HQ in New Zealand, in the UK or in Texas USA.  One of the best things about Metalier is that each and every one in our world-wide team bring another aesthetic and new creativity proving that design with metal possibilities are endless.


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