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Consider Custom Matching For Beautifully Plated Parts

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If you consider your private plane, business jet, or aircraft fleet as an investment, you want to do everything in your power to maximize the return on your investment.

One way to increase the value of your assets is to custom match plated interior parts to other design elements of the aircraft interior.

Matching interior hardware such as cup holders, seatbelts, and latches to accent your plane’s carpet, flooring, leather, and fabric is critical for increasing the value of the aircraft. An additional benefit is creating a desirable luxurious aesthetic that will no doubt “wow” your all-important passengers.

How to Match Parts With These Four Interior Aspects

Consider these tips for choosing the right metal finishes to go with the other materials in your aircraft interior.

1. Flooring

Hardwood flooring is becoming increasingly popular in modern, luxurious aircraft. However, because flooring takes up a significant amount of real estate inside the plane, it’s good for the floor colors to have a soft tone. This way, the floor does not overwhelm the visual look and feel of the remainder of the interior.

The metals used in the aircraft interior parts should be similar in color to the floor, except bolder. For example, if a floor is a dark red oak, the plating should be similar to our HT509 Brass – Dark Aged Walnut or HT157 Champagne Gold – Satin brushed. This creates a complementary look and feel in both color and texture.

2. Carpet

Carpeting is still a great choice to create a luxurious look and feel in today’s aircrafts. Just be mindful of your color selection to match the aircraft interior parts.

A neutral carpet color such as grey, beige, or light brown creates flexibility when choosing colors for the metal pieces in the aircraft interior. For example, HT199 Chrome Pearllite table shrouds are a spectacular choice to complement lighter carpeting for an “airy” feel.

3. Leather

Nothing says luxury quite like leather interiors. Getting the colors right can create a highly-desirable look and feel.

However, it takes a keen eye to correctly match metal parts such as seat belts and cupholders to their accompanying leather sofas and chairs. Oftentimes, a complementary look and feel requires different colors that are distinct from each other.

For example, a black sofa should be accompanied by a contrasting seat belt buckle plated in HT901 Platinum – Polished or HT602 Chrome – Satin Brushed. This creates a highly-appealing visual that conveys a first-class operation.

4. Fabrics

There are many different types of fabrics to select from. You want to select a premium fabric that complements the other aircraft interior aspects, as well as the aircraft interior parts.

When custom color matching fabrics to the interior parts, you should choose colors that contrast the fabrics. You want to choose a metal color that is different enough to stand out when compared against the fabric, but similar enough so as not to be distracting. It requires a delicate balance and keen eye to find the ideal balance to capture the optimal look and feel.

Choose HighTech Finishing for Custom Color Matching

We offer more than 130 color finishes to apply to interior metal parts. However, we do not stop with our selection. We are continually developing new finishes and we can custom color match to your specifications.

Using our color matching capabilities, we can readily match colors from paint swatches, fabrics, woods, competitor samples, or any other material found in aircraft interiors.

Once we discuss the ideal color selection for your job, we follow a 50-step decorative plating process to ensure the highest quality production, finish, and delivery of your aircraft interior products.

With care and precision, we ensure that each piece is produced to exact specifications every time. To ensure longevity, we follow a triple plating/enamel clear coating process to prevent corrosion and ensure that every part meets stringent quality standards, every time.

We recognize that your aircraft, private plane, or fleet is a serious investment. And when you’ve invested considerable resources into your assets, you want to increase the value. That’s why we recommend our expert approach to custom color matching your aircraft interior parts to other aspects of the aircraft interior to ensure a beautiful, durable finish.

Inquire today about enhancing your aircraft interior parts to maximize your investment and create a modern, luxurious feel to your aircraft interior. We’ll even send you a brochure of our color selections to view the possibilities.

Why Choose Decorative Electroplating For Your Aircraft?

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There are many types of electroplating processes, including commercial grade, high volume, industrial, and medical. However, only HighTech Finishing specializes in the unique field of decorative electroplating for aircraft interiors.

When selecting an interior design for your private aircraft or business jet, even the smallest detail is important. Upholstery, color scheme, even carpeting requires careful attention to align with your unique tastes. But what about details even smaller than that?

The interior parts such as fasteners, cupholders, and charge ports should also match the unique design selected for the aircraft. That’s where decorative electroplating comes into play to ensure a custom match.

At HighTech Finishing, we can add a touch of your own personal style to every metal part in the aircraft interior. With over 130 different finishes to select from, you are bound to find the perfect color match for the interior of the aircraft.

What is Decorative Electroplating?

Decorative electroplating is the process used to add a new metal finish on top of already existing metal and plastic parts.

Electroplating uses electricity to apply a thin metal coating to a metal substrate. The result? A smooth metal finish on any interior aircraft part in the exact shade of your choosing.

No wonder decorative electroplating is the most common application found in today’s electroplating market.

Why Decorative Electroplating?

Consider three primary reasons why you should choose decorative plating to enhance the quality of the interior parts used in your aircraft.

1. Increased Durability

Electroplating is very durable. The thickness of electroplating typically falls in the 0.005 to 0.010 mil range, and is usually made up of steel, aluminum, and copper and zinc alloys.

Our finishes are guaranteed to not only look good, but last long as well. If you’re jet-setting around the world, our electroplated parts will last through every takeoff, touch down, and everything in between.

Additionally, when we apply your selected finish, each piece is carefully inspected, polished, and cleaned. HighTech Finishing guarantees that our work is built to last.

2. High Quality Work

Our 50-step decorative plating process includes 17 quality assurance checks performed by our skilled staff.

No matter what color you select, each finish from HighTech Finishing is smooth, blemish-free, and has a consistent thickness.

3. Elevate Your Style

Style is all about the details, and chrome plating is a great way to add a sophisticated touch to any aircraft interior.

With the HighTech Finishing electroplating process, you can elevate your aircraft’s interior design by giving the metal in your interior a complementary finish — delivered consistently each time.

Schedule Decorative Plating Service

Whether you desire our luxurious HT101 – 24K Polished Gold or a modern HT904 – Platinum Pearllite finish to match your aircraft’s style, HighTech Finishing is well-equipped to perform the decorative electroplating process for your aircraft interior parts.

With over 30 years of experience in the electroplating industry, HighTech Finishing blends art and science to bring you the most dazzling and durable finishes for your aircraft project.

We encourage you to review our decorative plating process and contact us to discuss how we can custom match the parts to your aircraft interior style. We are confident that you will be thrilled with the finished product.

NBAA-BACE 2019 Recap: Terry Bradshaw, NASCAR, Students & more

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Earlier this year, the HighTech Finishing team attended the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), held October 22-24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

This year’s conference was exciting for many reasons, including visits to our booth from NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski, students from aviation school Rancho High School, and many great aviation and business jet customers.

We also hosted a refreshing lunch for key customers to provide a welcome respite from the always-frantic lunch breaks at the conference.

Visits from Terry Bradshaw and Brad Keselowski

How does NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw bounce from event to event and make it back to the TV studio every Sunday for the NFL on Fox? In one of his private jets.

In fact, Terry told MarketWatch earlier this year that he’s turned his affinity for private planes into a side business.

At the NBAA-BACE conference, Terry visited the HTF booth to review decorative plating options for his new aircraft interior.

Similarly, NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski visited the HTF booth to review options for his new aircraft interior.

Brad was recently in the news for defending NASCAR drivers’ use of private planes, noting that drivers and their families must be able to make each week’s race during the grueling race season.

We were pleased to talk to both Terry and Brad about our selection of interior plating options for their aircraft!

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Excited to Support Local Aviation School

It’s also exciting to help the next generation of aviation professionals. This year’s NBAA-BACE conference was near Rancho High School, a one-of-a-kind aviation academy that offers students the opportunity to learn flight, space travel, and rocketry through hands-on projects and the use of expert technology.

Students from the local academy attended NBAA-BACE and visited our booth to learn more about how we apply our custom interior plating process to parts used in aircraft interiors.

We look forward to seeing how these students grow in their pursuit of aviation careers!

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A Refreshing Lunch for Key Customers

During the lunch rush on Wednesday, October 23, we hosted a refreshing sit-down meal for dozens of key and potential customers.

We wanted to create an oasis of calm amid the lunch-time turmoil of the show floor. Teams sat
down together and enjoyed lunch, colleagues caught up on business, and customers browsed our latest selection of finishes.

It was a wonderful experience to break up the hectic NBAA-BACE schedule.

If you would like to join us for next year’s lunch, just send us a note to asking to be included on our invite list. Customer or not, we would be happy to have you join us.

We are already looking forward to next year’s NBAA-BACE conference, which is scheduled to take place October 6-8, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. We’ll see you then!

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Introducing Our Faucet Leak Test to Ensure the Highest Quality Plating

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During our 35+ years of existence, High Tech Finishing has been committed to the highest quality and on-time delivery of our aircraft interior plating service.

We developed a 50-step quality control process and have continually refined or added to the process with the emergence of new technologies.

Now, we are proud to introduce a newly added QC step to enhance our “zero defect” process initiative: the Faucet Leak Test.

As part of our standard ISO9001 QC testing for “fit and function” on all parts, the faucet leak test mandates HighTech plated faucets undergo an additional rigorous mechanical pressure test to ensure that, once reassembled and delivered to customer, no water leakage will occur.

Our quality standards are unmatched in the industry and the faucet leak test is just one more way HighTech Finishing truly provides peace of mind for our aviation customers.

What is a Faucet Leak Test for Aircraft Interior Parts?

Many of our customers require faucets to be plated before being placed back into use inside the aircraft.

When providing this service, our process requires us to disassemble the faucet before plating the unit. Then, upon reassembly, the challenge is ensuring the faucet is sealed back properly.

Unfortunately, there was no avenue to test for leaks upon reassembly to ensure complete usability. That’s why our team went to work using the latest available technology to develop a leak tester for faucets.

We are proud to announce that we have now installed a Faucet Leak Test in our plating process. Why is this important? We can now test for leaks before shipping the faucet back to the customer. This way, our team can discover any issue with the plated faucet before the part is returned to you.

HTF Committed to Our Quality Control Process

While there were only a few occasions that a customer discovered a faucet leak, we felt that developing a faucet leak test was valuable to cut off any future occurrences of the issue.

Our company is 100 percent committed to quality control for each customer order. Now, we can quickly catch a seldom-leaking unit before it leaves our facility. This is the peace of mind we aim to provide for each plated part before it’s placed back into use in the aircraft.

To find out more about the specifics of the test and how we can serve your part plating needs, contact us today. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss our plating process for your aircraft interior parts.

3 Experimental Aircraft Interiors Worth Considering

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As a business jet or luxury aircraft owner, you may have an idea in your head of how you would like to change the look and feel of the aircraft interior. But, you don’t want to waste time or money experimenting with aircraft interior ideas that don’t pan out.

We’re here to help you think through some experimental aircraft interior designs to formulate the right course of action. Then, we can work together on the next level of custom color-matching aircraft interior parts to your preferred interior design.

First, let’s review the latest aircraft interior design trends that are making waves heading into 2020 that you may want to consider.

A Colorful Solution for Interior Aircraft Design

There is a new wave of designs that have been featured at aircraft interior expos all around the world. These styles provide a great jumping-off point for any design novice, and can easily be tailored to fit your own tastes or the expected tastes of your passengers.

Sunset Color Palette

Aircraft interiors can often feel cold and corporate. If you’re looking for an interior with a little more warmth, try out a “sunset” design.

Combine cream with rosy reds or pale oranges and hints of rose gold for a relaxed feeling. Light woods like birch and dark woods like cherry alike can complement this palette.

Another take on this design is the more regal route: replace the rose with a burgundy and amp up the gold fixtures for an interior fit for a king. Throw quilted seats into the mix, and you have a palace in the sky for passengers.

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Retro Color Palette

The retro design features modern fixtures with retro finishes. Start with a mod carpet design and build from there! Take a page from the ‘70s and focus on warm colors: red, yellow, orange, and brown.

Or, leave the carpet plain and have a classic stripe design painted onto the walls. Your luxury aircraft will be sure to stand out on the runway when you pop open the passenger door!

Prefer to leave the era of shag carpets and bellbottoms behind? Try a baby blue and chrome combination. You don’t have to go as far as incorporating checkerboard patterns, although checkered pillows could add a cheeky touch.


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Chic Color Palette

Maybe the previous designs were too bold for your tastes. You prefer a simple, clean, modern look. Luckily for you, it’s easy to create a chic design with a monochrome palette and a pop of color.

Throw in a pattern for the walls or floor to add visual interest. Dark floors with white walls creates depth and keeps the monochromatic colors from getting too overwhelming. With modern furnishings, a simplistic design can make any interior feel chic.

Try using black upholstery with silver details on modern seating. And remember, you don’t have to use red as your pop of color: try green for a new take!


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Custom Color Matching for Your Aircraft Interior Design

Here’s where HighTech Finishing comes into the picture. We can help you elevate your interior design choice by color-matching the aircraft interior parts to the new interior design. With 130+ colors to select from, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect match.

There are a bevy of color finishes to compliment any of the three design ideas listed above. For example, our Sangria Gold Frosted would perfectly compliment the warmth of the “Sunset” design, whereas for “Chic,” the Matte Black finish would heighten the modern mood.

No matter your preferred style, we can help polish off the final look of the aircraft interior. We follow a strict 50-step process to ensure that every interior metal piece in your aircraft has the perfect color and finish to the specifications.

From retro to modern, colorful to monochrome, HighTech Finishing will make sure every last detail is perfect. Contact us today to inquire about applying these experimental aircraft interior design ideas to your aircraft or luxury jet.

Introducing Our New Aircraft Interior Colors

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Styles change. Tastes expand. New preferences are introduced. The color selection for aircraft interior parts is not a static portrait. Rather, colors constantly need to be reviewed and updated to continue delivering a luxurious experience for passengers.

Muted grays and tans have been the safe, convenient, and expected solution for aircraft interior finishes for decades. And for good reason! Neutral colors stand the test of time and are easily matchable to the rest of the interior decor.

But designers are increasingly looking to embrace the “bolder side” of interior colors to provide more options for their clientele. We carry a similar mentality.

The Expanded Pitch Black Family Color Selection

We took feedback from customers, assessed the latest design trends, and created two new aircraft interior colors for our Pitch Black Family.

Introducing Pitch Black Stardust

One particular operator came to our company with an idea to capitalize on a design trend he had in mind. The customer wanted to stand out from the pack with a unique interior color that was different than his competition.

After much research and deliberation, we suggested a new, intentionally whimsical color idea. We liked the new color so much that we permanently added it to our array of color options. We call this new color Pitch Black Stardust.

Pitch Black Stardust is a base of black with multi-color sparkles that catch the light. When applied to interior parts, the color creates a dazzling display that immediately engages passengers.

Introducing Pitch Black Soft Velvet

Pitch Black Soft Velvet

For operators desiring a less dazzling solution to capitalize on the latest design trends, we also introduced Pitch Black Soft Velvet.

This color was crafted to fill a void in the market for a dark finish that is free from reflection. It makes a bold statement in a unique, subtle way.

We are pleased to welcome this new aircraft interior color to our existing Pitch Black family that also includes the likes of Pitch Black Polished Bright, Matte Black, and Black Pearl Frosted.

Consider Our Aircraft Interior Color Solution

Utilizing information from international designers on the latest colors and textures, we proudly introduced two new colors to expand our customer’s available palette beyond grays and tans.

We believe this forward-thinking approach helps advance the industry toward embracing trends and options that may not fit the traditional mold.

To take advantage of our expanded aircraft interior color selection, contact us today. We would appreciate the opportunity to send you a sample of the new Pitch Black colors to envision the application to your aircraft interior.

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EBACE 2019: A Valuable Time of Connection and Innovation

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For the 13th year in a row, HighTech Finishing attended the EBACE (European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition) conference. This year’s conference was held May 21-23, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The EBACE conference represents a valuable opportunity for our company to connect with our European-based customers. The show also draws many of our valued U.S.-based customers such as Gulfstream Aerospace, Textron, and others, but we specifically focus on the European market at EBACE.

“Exhibiting at EBACE allows us to showcase our services and build deeper connections in a face-to-face setting,” says Rick Niefield, VP of Sales and Marketing. “This year, we visited with current customers, developed new potential customers, and increased awareness of our capabilities to all those that stopped by our booth.”

Rick Niefield was joined by account manager Naomi Lockhart at EBACE 2019. In addition to enjoying in-person conversations with customers, our team walked away from EBACE with a deeper understanding of the current climate of the business aviation industry.

EBACE Represents Opportunity to Grow Capabilities

During this year’s conference, we gathered a considerable amount of information about the latest technology, innovation, and sustainability efforts that are powering the industry on a global scale. We also learned about the pressing issues facing aircraft manufacturers.

We see our company as a key piece of the puzzle providing high-quality, interior aircraft plating services to our business aviation customers.

By utilizing our services, aircraft manufacturers can achieve their desired aircraft interior look and feel in accordance with cost and timeline requirements. This creates more opportunities for manufacturers to tap into the latest technology and innovation available to them.

To inquire about utilizing our service capabilities or to further connect with our team following the EBACE 2019 conference, contact us today.

3 Types of Plating Options You May Not Know About

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One of the benefits of owning a luxury aircraft is the ability to command the best in luxury interior part design. Because luxury is uncompromising and unique, the path to maintain a luxurious experience for passengers is having multiple options to enhance the interior look.

Options Are the Lifeblood of Interior Plating

Options allow customers to visualize, carefully select, and implement the ideal interior parts for their aircraft. Because there are many types of plating options, customers have the ability to create a unique look that matches the desired luxurious experience for passengers. The key is understanding the options available to support your vision.

Option 1: Select an Interior Plating Color

Color and texture trends change over time. Fortunately, you do not have to settle for a “safe” or “common” look when selecting interior part finishes.

We offer more than 130 vibrant interior plating colors, creating multiple options for customers to find the ideal finish that supports their vision. Also, we constantly listen to our customers and follow the latest trends to introduce new colors to our interior plate selection.

Option 2: Custom Color Matching for Interior Finishes

As the owner of a luxury aircraft, you have earned the right to create a custom finish. We offer the option to color match colors from paint swatches, fabrics, woods, competitor samples, or any other material found in aircraft interiors.

To achieve this deliverable for customers, we follow a precise process to ensure consistent color matching for each order. We are capable of replicating the process for each part, we ensure a corrosion-resistant metal seal, and we utilize a specialty polishing treatment for delicate parts.

Option 3: Plating for Large or Uncommon Parts

Not every interior part comes in a standard size with clean dimensions. Luxury often requires specialized treatment for curved, jagged, or large parts.

Our team is fully equipped to handle special parts that require an expert touch to thoroughly coat the entire part for a clean finish. Take advantage of this option to achieve the look you desire for unique interior parts.

Contact HighTech Finishing to Capitalize on Your Plating Options

Consider working with our company to bring your interior aircraft vision to life. We will walk through your plating options, evaluate the experience you want to create for passengers, and create a custom order.

To inquire about utilizing our interior plating service for your next order, contact our company today. We look forward to helping you select the right options to elevate your luxury aircraft interior.

Aircraft Interior Design is All About the Finishing Touches

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When it comes to aircraft interior design, the final product is all that matters. The process of arriving at the highest quality final product requires a finishing touch.

  • Does the part meet the customer specifications?
  • Is the part verified for quality before shipment?
  • Will the interior part be handled with care to ensure intact arrival?

HighTech Finishing proudly follows a 50-step decorative plating process to deliver beautifully-crafted aircraft interior products for customers. Consider the care we take to complete each customer order.

Match Finished Product to Customer Specifications

Each customer order is a unique entity. Therefore, we treat each order with a unique approach of performing several quality assurance checks prior to advancing the part to shipment.

  • We perform a Q.A. visual inspection following the clear coat painting of the part.
  • We perform a second Q.A. visual inspection following the baking or curing process.
  • We perform a third Q.A. visual inspection after the final assembly of the parts.

Our highly-trained craftsmen thoroughly review the customer order against the finished product to ensure each detail is considered, each curve is measured, and each color is brilliant.

Part is Verified for Quality and Substance

A visual inspection is just one of the finishing touches we pride ourselves on. Our team also ensures the integrity, durability, and substance of the part.

Parts that have been placed through our interior plating process are built to last. We will not allow a part to leave our shop unless we believe it meets our standard of product excellence for each customer.

Because of our longevity in the industry, our team can instantly recognize a substantial part from an unacceptable part. The mark of an aircraft interior design expert is their ability to make this distinction before the part ever reaches its final destination.

Proper Packaging Ensures Proper Installation

The final step in our 50-step plating process is shipping the part to the customer. While this may seem like a small step, it is arguably the most important. At least, that’s how we treat this step.

Each completed part that passes our high standard for quality is given royal treatment for shipment. Our team takes their team ensuring that each part is properly packaged, protected, and cared for.

Our goal is for the part to arrive at the customer’s location in the exact same shape and of the exact same quality as it left our facility. That means no scratches, dings, or defects will be accepted by our company.

This is the standard we have set. This is the confidence we create for customers knowing they will receive the interior parts to their desired specifications and in the ideal condition to ensure proper installation inside the aircraft.

Contact HighTech Finishing to Inquire

Aircraft interior design is of utmost importance to our company. We are proud of our process — including our commitment to taking our time with the finishing touches — to ensure completeness and thoroughness for each customer order.

To inquire about utilizing our interior plating service for your next aircraft interior parts order, contact our company today. We look forward to applying the finishing touch to your next order.

How to Select the Best Metal Finishing Options

One of the most important choices for creating a luxurious environment for passengers on your aircraft is the metal finish of parts. The color, texture, and finish sends a message to your guests about the experience you are creating for them.

HighTech Finishing boasts more than 130 decorative metal finishes to select from. Each option comes from one of our 10 families of metal finishes. The key is understanding how to make the right selection that fits the unique interior of your aircraft.

Weigh the Differences in Metal Finishing Colors

This is your opportunity to think big and broad about the use of color to create the optimal experience for your passengers.

  • Consider warm metal colors from the Gold, Copper, Bronze, and Brass families.
  • Compare to monochrome colors from the Silver, Chrome, Nickel, Black, White Gold, and Platinum families.

Each of these categories sends a unique message to your passengers. The color families also engage each passenger’s senses and emotions differently.

Consider the Use of Your Aircraft When Selecting Metal Finishes

Before making a selection of the best metal finish, each aircraft should be evaluated for its expected usage.

  • Shorter flights: consider a warm, bright color that engages your passengers throughout the duration of the flight.
  • Longer flights: consider a muted, soft color that eases your passengers into peaceful rest.
  • Mixed use: consider a neutral color that can awaken the senses or provide a relaxing atmosphere.

Draw from Experience or Additional Metal Finish Resources

You have considered the color options. You have evaluated the expected flight use. Now, use your own experience or resources to determine the best metal finishing for your aircraft interior.

Think about your personal aircraft experiences. What colors created the ideal atmosphere and experience? What finishes awoke your senses? Take some time to reflect on these experiences.

Alternatively, you may have seen a color in a magazine, flyer, or brochure that caught your attention. You may have even have a color sample on-hand. Fortunately, you have options to bring these colors to life in your aircraft.

Contact HighTech Finishing

In addition to offering 130+ metal finishing options, our company uses a color matching system to match colors from paint swatches, fabrics, woods, competitor samples, or any other material. The result is the ideal metal finish for the interior parts of your luxury aircraft.

Work with our capable support team to elevate the experience for your passengers. Contact us today to walk through the process of selecting the best metal finish.