I see medals with a smooth finish and medals with a textured finish. What’s the difference?
A textured finish will only be found on Soft Enamel Medals. The enamel color is filled just below the metal ridges of the die struck medal.
A Smooth finish could be one of THREE medal types:
Soft Enamel with epoxy – This is the most common, and just a matter of preference. We can add clear epoxy to any soft enamel design for just 5 cents per medal. The epoxy fills the gap between the recessed enamel and the raised metal ridges, creating a smooth finish.
Printed Medals – Commonly created for customers wanting to replicate a digital image or a logo with gradients, or customers with a tight budget given the lower production cost, Printed Medals are printed on sheet iron and covered with the same clear epoxy to protect the printed surface.
Hard Enamel Medals – These are made like Soft Enamel but the enamel is overfilled and then grinded smooth with the metal. The added processing adds cost & time to production, but hard enamel medals are considered the ‘premium quality medal’.