Metallic paper

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MFA Acc. #: 2002.8244


1) A paper coated with a thin layer of Metal. One method for producing the shiny metallic surface is by adhering Aluminum powder or Bronze powder with lacquer. Alternatively, a metal layer (e.g., Zinc, Aluminum, Bronze) can be vacuum deposited on the paper. Metallic paper has a much thinner coating of metal than Foil paper; it also has more flexibility and resilience.

2) A coated paper that records nonerasable markings made by a metallic stylus (Silver, aluminum, or Lead). The white coated surface may contain Zinc white or Clay mixed with Barium sulfate.

Synonyms and Related Terms

metal paper; foil paper; papier métallisé (Fr.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 578
  • Boise Cascade Paper Group, The Paper Handbook, Boise Cascade, Portland OR, 1989
  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980