STAGE 4 - SECOND COAT
After a 24 hour cure period, we apply a second coat to our moldings. First coat generally comes off the line with some abnormalities that we correct. The final coat is strictly skimmed on so they have to be perfect in shape and texture beforehand. The final product is smooth and ready to be finished.
STAGE 5 - FINISH
The finish coat completes the process. Our moldings can be finished in a variety of textures and colors to match the style you are trying to achieve. For a wood-like appearance, we use a textureless top coat. A stucco based finish that provides textures of various grades is also an option. It is typically applied once the molding has been installed on the wall by the end-user or contractor.
YOUR SUSTAINABLE, COST-EFFICIENT AND LASTING ALTERNATIVE TO WOOD & PRE-CAST MOLDINGS
SMOOTH LIKE WOOD, EXCEPT
Architectural Bling's EPS Moldings will not rot as they are an inorganic product, which also means they won’t be affected by insect infestation, UV damage and will not be subject to mold. Wood moldings are assembled using small pieces. This makes it susceptible to not only a backing, but complete disintegration. Using small pieces allows moisture more points of entry to attack.
And best of all, Architectural Bling's EPS Moldings require less maintenance, eliminating the need to re-paint every few years or even replacement unlike organic materials. Wood is organic. It needs to breathe in order to live. Once you apply any sort of finish such as paint, it's breathability is reduced, shortening its life.
Once you paint Architectural Bling's EPS Moldings, it will never rot. In fact, the only time you will need to re-paint is when you would like to change the color scheme of your project.
DURABLE LIKE PRE-CAST, EXCEPT
Architectural Bling's EPS Moldings are a fraction of the weight, translating into savings all across the board. This includes less costly production methods, transportation and most crucial, on-site labour. Being purely decorative, Architectural Bling EPS moldings do not require any bracing structure, making it much safer than pre-cast as well.
STAGE 1 - POLYSTYRENE
Taken from a drawing originated in AutoCAD, we can cut virtually any shape with our hot-wire equipment. We have cut profiles as small as 1" to as large as 4'. This process is completely computer controlled, leaving no room for error.
STAGE 2 - MESH
We apply an adhesive technical mesh by manually pressing it into the shape. This is done for two reasons. The first and most important is that it provides a bond for the cement coating. The second, while still important, will give the finished molding flexibility.
STAGE 3 - FIRST COAT
A first coat of cement is now applied over top of the molding. It's an extrusion process that is controlled by highly skilled operators on our coating line. First coat is generally 3/16" to 1/4" thick, completely engulfing everything except the back of the shape.