From Dark Ivy to Copper Anodize

Linetec offers over 30,000 color choices and distinctive anodize finishes


Wausau, Wis. (May 2013) – With more than 30,000 colors in its palette, the ability to match almost any hue in-house and a range of anodize colors that includes its proprietary copper, Linetec provides long-lasting finishes for architectural aluminum products.

Linetec’s finishes are specified on windows and curtainwall, column covers, canopies and panel systems, in thousands of building projects every year. Its assortment of durable finishes may be requested as liquid or powder coatings, or as eco-friendly, VOC-free anodize. With the 100% air capture system and regenerative thermal oxidizer, VOCs from the paint process are captured and destroyed so there is no adverse environmental impact.

Linetec's senior marketing specialist, Tammy Schroeder, LEED® Green Associate, says, “To precisely match customers’ color needs, our in-house blending laboratory features unsurpassed technology in paint blending and dispensing operations, encompassing several high-performance paint manufacturers. In our laboratory, computers scan samples and provide the recipe of tints and bases to match anything from a piece of metal to a swatch of fabric."
Copper Anodize - University of Arizona Dri-Design project

She continues, “Colors and forms affect how we go about our everyday lives. Bold hues are coming forward in architectural design. Warm, pearlised painted aluminum is starting to take a stronghold. Brushed and polished aluminum finishes also have emerged as a newer trend.”

Monitoring the most popular painted shades, Linetec’s Top 25 list includes:

Dark Ivy Ivory Champagne Pearl
Hartford Green Burnt Sun Silver
Patina Green Sierra Tan Pewter
Military Blue Beige Dove Gray
Interstate Blue Light Seawolf Beige Slate Gray
Colonial Red Sandstone Charcoal Gray
Carnival Red Sage Brown Black
Boysenberry Quaker Bronze  
Bone White Classic Copper  


Linetec’s commonly specified, anodize finishes include:

Clear Dark Bronze
Champagne Extra-Dark Bronze
Light Bronze Black
Medium Bronze Copper

Miami Valley - Dri Design project The proprietary, copper anodize finish continuous to attract building teams seeking a distinctive look. “Architects appreciate this unique finish for a wide range of projects: from eye-catching modern designs to historic restoration projects that will never patina,” adds Schroeder. This exclusive, eco-friendly finish allows aluminum to present the look of real copper without such shortcomings as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion and patina.

Linetec’s eco-friendly anodize process creates an aesthetically appealing, matte finish. As slight imperfections can be common with secondary billet, the eco-friendly process is well suited for products manufactured with recycled aluminum. Materials with recycled content may assist building projects seeking certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System™.

With respect to green building goals, the anodize process contains no VOCs. When it is time for the installed architectural product to be removed, anodized aluminum is 100% recyclable, lending itself to post-consumer recycled content during demolition or restoration of the building.

For color cards and more, please contact Linetec at 888-717-1472 or by email at sales@linetec.com.




Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG). Linetec is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Photos courtesy of Dri-Design (1 and 3) and Steven Hall - Hendrich Blessing Photography (2)