Arkansas Lighting and the Decoral® Process

Arkansas Lighting is a licensee of the Decoral System, a company leading in the dye sublimation process for wood, marble and other fancy decorations applied on metals and materials suitable to resist temperatures of 400 degrees F. Developed in Italy, this dye sublimation process allows us to use high resolution computer generated images, as shown below, printed on plastic film with UV stable inks, to be transferred into durable, weather-resistant powder coatings.

To put it succinctly, it is a decorative finish placed on and saturated into aluminum or metal. There by giving Arkansas products a new mode, a NūMODE.

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How it All Works

The image is first printed onto a transfer paper via inkjet technology. Then, the paper is adhered to a sheet of pre-treated aluminum. Finally it is put into a heat press where the temperatures reaching between 350-400 degrees. While being subjected to extreme heat and pressure, the dyes from the transfer paper turn into a gas, are pressed into the surface of the metal, and then solidify into the treated aluminum. This is where the sublimation.heat transfer occurs. The transfer process takes between 3-10 minutes per press. Once out of the press, the aluminum cools and the process is complete. There is no additional coatings or laminated applied after. As the dyes cool they are permanently infused beneath the surface of the metal substrate.

You may find you need to do a bit of testing to get the look you are going for with your metal. When I test for color matching, I prefer to make different swatches to give me a range of results to review. In my experience, the quickest way to match colors is to create a gradient of the color you desire and see what color variations work best.

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Benefits

Scratch Resistant

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Easy to Clean

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Longevity

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Nūmode Finishing Process

Nūmode Finishes

View a sampling of our Nūmode finishes applied on Arkansas Lighting products

Select a Finish

Dark Acacia

White-washed Acacia

Dark Cherry

White-washed Cherry

Light Cherry

Dark Walnut

White-washed Walnut

Light Walnut

Dalmatian Marble Vein

Royal Marble Vein

Local Split Decision

Easter Pastel

Liberty Patina

Lunar Erosion

Apply Nūmode Finishes

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OUR NŪMODE PRODUCTS

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