I am not sure if it’s a chrome metalised finish you are looking for or just the brushed effect? But you can print “stock images” from the likes of Adobe Stock. you basically duplicate the effect to the area/size you required, laminate it and then cut your text, graphic or whatever from that. I have seen this done with lots of things, such as Carbon fibre and other textures and effects. unless you are doing large solid sections, you will get away with small tiles as long as they cover a letter area. but if you need larger areas, search for “seamless image tiles” because they will let you duplicate and sit next to each other to create a larger image without the grain or effect increasing in size. hope that makes sense. 🤔 https://stock.adobe.com/uk https://www.shutterstock.com
Pane this is where you persuade the client to go for gold leaf! It is sooo much nicer than vinyl, Comes in a book of 25 leaves, its 24 carat gold, it lasts forever outside, and its not that hard to do.
I do agree with you that Goldleaf is hard to beat, Simon. But I would imagine it to be a time-consuming installation. even though i know you personally and some other traditional signmakers could knock it out in your sleep. Furthermore, I would put Goldleif into a specialist category and charge a premium for it. I see more and more companies and individuals paying good money to get a genuine article. I think the more we skate towards mega-fast huge printers with little skill behind producing work, people want and will pay for authenticity!