Antico Elements Blog

It Is All In The Paint

Posted on September 25, 2013

The biggest factors in creating realistic faux stone and brick panels are the paint and mold used in the fabrication process. The paint and the texture work hand in hand to create a realistic stone look that blows people away when they realize it is not real stone.

When people hear the words imitation or fake stone they expect a tacky rendition of natural stone. That impression comes from low caliber products like the panels offered by Lowes and Home Depot. The difference is truly apparent when you put high-quality panels next to the ones mass-produced by the big box stores. Check out our panels up close by clicking here.

The strictest attention to detail is what makes our approach the best. For example, we carefully create a master panel which is then used as a template for the rubber mold. The mold is very expensive but we replace it often because it slowly deteriorates when panels are made. Replacing it often ensures the highest quality result making our products look and feel realistic. Unfortunately, many companies avoid replacing the mold often to save money which results in a fake representation.

Polyurethane Stone

Polyurethane Stone

The different paints being used have to be high-quality paint which is more expensive, therefore most companies avoid using them in order to save money. The paint used for our panels represents the highest quality in the industry partly because of the unique methods used to paint the panels. Our panels have six layers of high-quality acrylic paints designed for outdoor use. It helps make the panels UV resistant which prevents the colors from bleaching.

Observe the difference in quality when looking at this fence. The grout lines are the same color and they don’t contrast the bigger stone pieces therefore it lost its realistic touch. The best panels are made with many layers of paint that also have a nice wash which can help bring out the texture even more. In addition, good imitation stone panels have grout colored lines that are painted in a way that contrasts the larger stones creating a better representation of stone. Knowledge is power and knowing the difference between a quality product and a fast misrepresentation is key in getting a great realistic look.