Badge Finishes

Badge Finishes


Understanding Badge Finishes

Ever wonder how a custom badge is finished? If so, watch our short video. It’s amazing.

Otherwise, scroll down to see all our available badge finishes. Our STANDARD finishes can be applied to most badge styles, our NON-STANDARD finishes can not be applied to all our badge styles, contact your Blackinton® Sales Representative to see if your badge can take a non-standard finish.   * Please note our insignia line is available in a limited set of finishes per style.  Please be aware all computer screens render color differently, therefore the actual color of the finish on a badge may vary from the pictures you see below.

Finish

Electroplate/Base Materials

Hardness

Life-time warranty

Finish
Defects

Nickel

Nickel Solution applied by electroplating to base material, silver in color. Most cost effective finish.

*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.

STANDARD

​Fair strength, may loose luster with age

No

Yes

Rhodium

Platinum precious metal group applied by electroplating over bright nickel base. Brilliant white color. Very popular finish.

*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.

STANDARD

​Tarnish resistant will not discolor or peel

No

Yes

​Rho-Glo®​

​Base material with solid silver color throughout, requires no surface plating. Brilliant luster. Highly polished silver color.

*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard.

STANDARD

​​Very durable

Yes

Yes

​​Silver Oxide​

​Any base material heavy plated silver, oxidized then hand rubbed off leaving the appearance of natural oxidation from age.

* Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.

NON-STANDARD

​​​Lacquered for durability

No

Yes

​​Nickel Oxide​

​Any base material plated nickel, oxidized, and then rubbed off leaving the appearance of natural oxidation from age.

* Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.

NON-STANDARD

​​​Lacquered for durability

No

Yes

Finish

Electroplate/Base Materials

Hardness

Life-time warranty

Finish
Defects

Gold Plate

22K+ fine gold electroplate applied on base material.  Bright gold color. Very popular gold finish.

* Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.

STANDARD

​​Tarnish resistant will not discolor or peel

No

Yes

Hi-Glo®

​Base material golden color throughout, requires no surface plating. Brilliant luster. Highly polished gold color.

*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard.

STANDARD

​Very Durable

Yes

Yes

​VHB KK®​

​Heavy gold electroplate (HGE) is the ultimate in 24K+ fine gold plate.  This process applies a uniformly thick coating of tarnish proof high karat gold, purer and more durable than gold plate.

*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard.

STANDARD

​​​Tarnish proof and purer and more durable then gold plate

Yes

Yes

Finish

Electroplate/Base Materials

Hardness

Life-time warranty

Finish
Defects

VHB Bronze

A base material, blackened and hand rubbed leaving the appearance of natural oxidation from age.  A popular finish for commemorative badges.

* Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.

NON-STANDARD

​​Lacquered for durability

No

Yes

Rose Gold®

A darkened gold electroplated base material which is hand rubbed to create the appearance of an antique gold finish.  Another popular commemorative badge finish.

*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.

NON-STANDARD

​​Tarnish resistant will not discolor or peel

No

Yes

​Chocolate Bronze

​A base material, hand rubbed to create the appearance of a chocolate antique finish.

*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.

NON-STANDARD

​​​​Lacquered for durability

No

Yes

​Green Bronze

CDA 260 brass oxidized, and rubbed off to create the appearance of a natural oxidation from age in a green tinted bronze finish.

*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.

NON-STANDARD

​​​​Lacquered for durability

No

Yes

Finish

Electroplate/Base Materials

Hardness

Life-time warranty

Finish
Defects

VHB Black

​Subdued black finish over a base material minimal reflection.  Mainly used by undercover detectives, SWAT, etc.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.
STANDARD

​​Lacquered for durability

No

Yes

Gunmetal

Our newest charcoal finish features a hint of blue, and unlike the matte finish of VHB Black, Gunmetal has a slight sheen.   A great finish for commemorative or anniversary badges, as well as undercover detectives.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. 
STANDARD

​​Lacquered for durability

No

Yes

Pink

One of our newer finishes created for our Breast Cancer Awareness Line of badges.  A bold pink finish is over a base material, and lacquered for durability.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.  We can not use hard enamel on this finish.
NON-STANDARD

​​Lacquered for durability

No

Yes

Kelly Green

​One of our newest finishes created for Emerald Societies, Pipe & Drums, and Irish public safety professionals, etc.  A bold green finish is applied over a base material, and lacquered for durability.
*Regular enamel is standard.  We can not use hard enamel on this finish.
NON-STANDARD

​​Lacquered for durability

No

Yes

Violet

Our new Domestic Violence Violet is a vibrant purple.  The violet finish is applied over a base material, and lacquered for durability.
*Regular enamel is standard.  We can not use hard enamel on this finish.
NON-STANDARD

​​Lacquered for durability

No

Yes

Blue

Our new blue finish was created for Autism awareness month.  This blue finish is applied over a base material, and lacquered for durability.
*Regular enamel is standard.  We can not use hard enamel on this finish.

NON-STANDARD

​​Lacquered for durability

No

Yes

Finish

Electroplate/Base Materials

Hardness

Life-time warranty

Finish
Defects

Two-Tone

​Combination of gold and silver colors.  Badges with applied panels will consist of Hi-Glo® & Rho-Glo®.  One piece badges will consist of Hi-Glo® panels and rhodium background or Rho-Glo® panels and gold plate background.
*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard.
STANDARD

​​Very Durable

Yes

Yes

Two-Tone Gunmetal

Combination of gunmetal and either silver or gold panels.  Badges will consist of Hi-Glo® or Rho-Glo® panels and gunmetal plated background.
*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard.
STANDARD

​​Very Durable

Yes

Yes

Tri-Tone

Combination of three finishes.  Generally a silver, gold, and bronze finish.  A very complex badge to manufacture.  Tri-Tone badges must be custom quoted.  Tri-tone is a great finish for a special anniversary badge. *Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard.
NON-STANDARD

​​Very durable

Yes

Yes