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Compare Metal Finishes for Custom Pins

All metal pins are plated with different metal colors. The metal colors are important as it produces the detail of a pin besides the paint that is applied. In the pin world, metal color is called plating. Once a pin has been painted, baked, sanded, and had an attachment put on the back it is ready to be plated. The pin is dipped into a plating material for a smooth and durable finish.

There are many plating options to make your custom metal pins beautiful. Gold, silver, copper, brass, bronze. In addition, each of these options can be antiqued to help enhance or high light the details in the pin. Antique makes the crevices darker and dulls the finish. One other feature is sandblast background. A grainy finish is applied to the recessed metal and the raised metal is polished to give contrast in the details.

In addition, PinProsPlus offer a two-tone plating option to give a very distinct look. Typically this is gold and silver. Silver and gold are the standard plating options for our pins but we have many metal colors available.

Explore Metal Finishes for Our Custom Pins

See examples of the different plating options below.

Gold Custom Pin Metal Finish


Antique Gold Custom Pin Metal Finish

Antique Gold

Bronze Custom Pin Metal Finish


Antique Bronze Custom Pin Metal Finish

Antique Bronze

Copper Custom Pin Metal Finish


Antique Copper Custom Pin Metal Finish

Antique Copper

Silver Custom Pin Metal Finish


Antique Silver Custom Pin Metal Finish

Antique Silver

Black Nickel Custom Pin Metal Finish

Black Nickel

Black Dye Custom Pin Metal Finish

Black Dye

White Dye Custom Pin Metal Finish

White Dye

Green Dye Custom Pin Metal Finish

Green Dye

Red Dye Custom Pin Metal Finish

Red Dye

Blue Dye Custom Pin Metal Finish

Blue Dye

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Pin Type Comparison

Pin Type



Soft Enamel Pins

Most Popular, Best Value

Dimensional look

Hard Enamel Pins

Best Quality, Durable

Smooth, polished look; resembles cloisonné

Photo Dome Pins

Quick Turnaround

Offset printed on vinyl affixed to metal with acrylic coating

Die Struck Pins

Great Value

Like soft enamel, but only in gold or silver

Die Cast Pins

For Inner Cutouts

Liquid metal injected into the mold to create shapes and cutouts

Soft Enamel vs Hard Enamel vs Photo Dome vs Button

Hard Enamel vs Soft Enamel

Die Struck vs Die Cast

Photo Dome vs Buttons

Gold vs Silver

Silver vs Antique Silver

Black Dye vs Black Nickel

Questions? Answers!

Be sure to look at our FAQ page for more information about lapel pins and our other styles of pins!

Better yet, call us toll free at (801) 544-1005 from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada, email us at or use our handy online quote form. We will answer your questions, help you choose the right pin style and shape, and get you on the road to a Pintastic time. At PinProsPlus, you never pay for design, artwork, setup or ground shipping in the US!

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