What are the 7 Key Tips for Selecting An Enamel Pin Manufacturer

The word “quality” is very subjective. Using online photos as a guide is not ideal when evaluating enamel pin manufacturers. How do you know which type of enamel pins to order? What criteria do you use to assess quality? Before you start, you need samples. Request samples of hard enamel, soft enamel and metal finishes.

You can also rate the response time of a supplier to your quote request. For high-quality custom pins, you need to make sure your supplier can produce the following products.

1. Legibility

Does the design fit the scale? Sometimes suppliers will suggest smaller pins in an effort to keep costs down and win contracts. It’s even worse when you choose a pin size that’s too small for your design. No one wants to buy a pin you can’t read! At Ultimate Promotions, we clearly communicate design concerns to our clients prior to placing an order.

2. Thickness and Type of Base Metal

Many people equate pin thickness with quality. The quality of a product is determined by its appearance and feel. In our industry, pin thickness is fairly standard. The thickness of our hard enamel pins varies depending on size.

The thickness of our soft enamel pins varies depending on their size from 1.2mm to 2.0mm. The aluminum base material of our printed leads is 1.2mm – 1.4mm thick. Note:  Customers who want quality custom pins are often not satisfied with the workmanship of printed pins. This is also known as “hybrid” or “digital printing”. Think paper glued to a metal base.
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3. Enamel Pin Quality

Is the paint clean  and firm? If your sample is lighter in color, look closely at the dirt on the base metal for any color swirls or blemishes. Also look for dust or spots stuck in the paint. Look between some of the letters at the “A” to make sure the inside is filled. If not, the pin size may be too small for the design, or the supplier didn’t have the pin bases clean enough at the factory before painting.

Is your chosen enamel color rich and bright? Are you seeing highs and lows that shouldn’t be there? Have your pins been polished? Did the enamel fill all parts of the dowel, or did I miss a spot during laying the enamel. Soft enamel processes will not show a flat surface on your design, while our hard enamel processes will.

4. Posts and Handles

Remove the backing and push the post back and forth slightly. Will the weld hold or will it come off? Is the butterfly clutch easy to remove and use?

5. Placement of Backing

Is the backing centered so it hangs properly on the garment? Sometimes an off-center backing is required to allow the pin to hang properly.

6.  Plating Quality

Are there any marks or spots on the edges of the pins? Is the metal finish a beautiful bright gold, nickel or bronze? If you’re considering an antique or sandblasted finish, it’s especially important to ask for samples to see if you like the effect. It is also common for factories to have different shades of gold plating. Some people prefer yellow.

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7. Experience and Comments

Choose a company with a proven track record. In our opinion, it takes a manufacturer or supplier 10 years or more to achieve excellence. It is also common for online businesses to allow customers to review them on social media or Google Maps. We started this business as a manufacturer.

Most suppliers just take your design and order it from another factory. If they don’t understand the manufacturing process, you may be paying too much! When we order pins for you, you can be sure that your art, logo, and pin ideas will go perfectly with your custom lapel pins.

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