The beauty and magic of ZALMAG® is that every application is different. Depending on the temperature, humidity, and alkalinity of your location, the patina process can start at different rates (days to years) adding visual interest and character at every step of the journey. ZALMAG® makes any architectural application a living transformation project.
ZALMAG® surfaces (Natural, Pre-Patina II, and Black) will age in a random order to grey tones. Grey-to-white marks can appear on ZALMAG®’s surfaces; these marks do not adversely affect the material’s lifespan but add to it’s forever-changing characteristic. ZALMAG® reacts to the environment, handling, installation, and equipment pressure. Due to the nature of ZALMAG®, it will self-heal cuts and perforations and it will naturally patina based on handling and the surrounding environment.
The immediate cleaning of ZALMAG® is more effective at preserving the aesthetics of the ZALMAG® surface than waiting to clean. However, ZALMAG® is a naturally aging metal and will use surface deposits and environmental effects to patina it’s surface (including fingerprints). Please note, fingerprints are common on ZALMAG® surfaces, as ZALMAG® ages the fingerprints will age and blend with the surface patina.” Fingerprints which occur on the metal surface due to sweat on the skin may not be completely covered by natural weathering over time, dependent on intensity, and may be visually conspicuous for a long period of time. To avoid color blocking or stair stepping, it is important to complete sections of the installation simultaneously. If there are long delays, it should be expected that color and patina differences will occur. This means the material is doing what it is supposed to which is react to the environment it’s exposed to and begins to patina immediately.