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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Metal Design Solutions | Metalier Liquid Metal

Metal design solutions are what Metalier does best.

We find solutions that just wouldn’t be there if you were trying to use sheet or foundry metal.

Here are some examples of our metal design solutions

  1. The portholes in the bathrooms of The Sugar Club. The Sugar Club incidentally just won its designers, Jasmax, a gold pin in The Designers Institute Best Awards in the Spatial Design Hospitality category.  It was The Sugar Club design that won the award, not just the bathrooms, but as our brass covers a good 30% of the walls in the Club we figure it’s partly our award too!

The portholes could simply not have been created so easily and cost-effectively without Metalier’s metal design solutions.

  1. Staying with brass again – we’re coating some steel handles for a customer. They wanted solid brass but brass was too weak – actually they said week but we knew what they meant.  Another metal design solution from Metalier!
  2. And just think of complicated. There is nothing more complicated than the mock Swiss army knife design in Sylvia Park Mall.   Instead of things for taking stones out of horses’ hooves and such-like, there is an oar, a pair of skis and poles, an ice pick, a snow board and a bicycle as well as a corkscrew and a bottle-opener.  There was no practical way of making that piece without metal design solutions from Metalier liquid metal.  This design was completed in aluminium.
  3. And if weight is a problem Metalier liquid metal rust selections are metal design solutions in themselves. A standard sheet of corten steel weighs 100kg or so.  The same sized sheet of Metalier’s liquid metal rust on MDF weighs about 15 kg.  And it’s so much easier to machine.  And it doesn’t leach and it doesn’t eventually just disappear.

For metal design solutions come to the experts either at HQ in NZ, in the UK or in the USA.  Throw us your metal problems and test our mettle.  (Sorry!)


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Liquid Metal Coatings | Talent in Brunei

Metalier Liquid Metal Coatings in Brunei

Metalier metal veneer is artistically and creatively applied and finished by Mettech Design Solution of Brunei Darussaalam.

Yani and Wafi of Mettech are the talented distributors of Metalier Liquid Metal Coatings in the island of Borneo including Brunei, Sarawak and Sabah.

Mettech was trained in-house in Brunei.

The Metalier Liquid Metal Coatings design team relished the opportunity to visit Brunei.  While there they were royally treated too!  It was a good call to visit there in this instance as Will and Tony were able to address and solve on the spot any issues that arose because of the heat of the tropics.

Mettech Liquid Metal Coatings have created a stunning showroom

The Mettech showroom illustrates the unlimited possibilities of Metalier Liquid Metal Coatings.  It showcases our mantra that each designer will interpret each finish slightly differently from others.  This is one of the things that keeps our Liquid Metal Coatings vibrant, exciting and in constant development.

Liquid Metal Coatings transcend boundaries of culture and religion.

Mettech have shown this with their work of kalimaALLAH – a significant aluminium finished piece on a wooden substrate featured above.

Contrast this with the Polystyrene mannequin heads in iron and brass.

Or Mr Stark!

Back here at HQ, we have been involved with the redesign of the old ASB Building, now home to Auckland Council.  The lintels and plinths of the three main entranceways have been clad in liquid metals coatings that evoke a Maori ethic.  We’ll showcase that work when the building has been opened officially.  We’ve done “Italy” at The Sugar Club  and we are looking forward to the Russian style that will no doubt shortly reveal itself in Ekaterinburg.

For Metalier style in your country – whether you want us to produce something for you or to become one of the team why don’t you contact us now?  There are many countries and areas still waiting for Metalier to arrive.  You could take us there.


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Metalier | Liquid Metal for Cars

Metalier Liquid Metal for cars to be noticed!

Liquid Metal for cars was a Pintarest inspiration this morning.  A beautiful VW was just waiting for me to pin and I couldn’t resist it.  Check it out.

Liquid Metal for cars is the star of our hero shot

I have to confess that this beautiful model wasn’t actually done with Metalier Liquid Metal.  But it certainly could have been.  A vintage car to coat would be a dream project for Metalier Liquid Metal for cars.  Not only is the car shape amazing but so is the coating.  It looks as if a bronze to achieve this effect.

In New Zealand  there is a van we see often that has been covered with grass.  It’s advertising a lawn service and certainly turns heads.

Liquid Metal for cars can help you to make a compelling statement about your business

Personal number plates have been used by businesses as part of their marketing persona to great effect and still have their place.  But a number plate is so small compare to the whole canvas of a car or a van or even a bus.  Why not?

Imagine a vehicle coated in liquid metal in brightly burnished copper, or perhaps rust or a patinated texture like our smoky bronze.  Heads would certainly turn and your business would be noted.  I would love to coat my own car:  my only problem is that there are so many options I can’t make up my mind.

You don’t have to be in the design industry, or the automotive industry or any particular industry to use liquid metal for cars to showcase your business.  All you need is to want to create a stylish innovative statement about who you are and what you stand for.  It’s like driving a head-turning car - a Ferrari for example - without the huge investment.  It’s a no-brainer when you think about it, isn’t it?

Contact us to make your vehicle turn heads.


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