Matting. The process of minutely roughing up a metallic surface by abrasive blasting, matte dip or matting tools; a frequent process of chasing or finishing. A dull matte finish can be indicated somewhat by lacquering, applying only a light coating of lacquer to a slightly heated medallic item. The action by the operator in any stage of creating a matte surface is called matting down.
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For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor