Background Color

This is the color that you choose for the background surface texture of your plaque or marker. The background color provides a contrast to the raised elements of your product (the inscription, border and other design features). There are basically two choices for the color of your background surface. These are a Painted Background Color or a Patinated Background Color. 

Painted Background Color

This can be done in any color with enamel paint. The paint used at Phoenix Foundry is high quality baked enamel which is sprayed on the plaques and other products in a painting booth. The techniques used for this are similar to car body painting. 

Customers requesting other than the Phoenix standards can choose from  “Australian Standard Colors”. These can be found at

Color Accuracy

Phoenix Foundry advises that there may be color variation between the colours represented on web sites or color swatches and the final color on our plaques.  This is due to a number of factors such as: 

  • variations in computer monitors and color rendering online
  • the color of the bronze
  • the stipple finish
  • the protective clear coat applied to our plaques
  • the baking process that plaques undergo to provide a long lasting durable finish and
  • different brand paints. 

In addition to this, plaques that have been exposed to sunlight for extended periods may have faded so that a match to an old plaque is not always possible.

Whilst every effort is made to match the colors represented by the Australian Standards, we cannot guarantee that the match will be accurate.

If you need to specify colors for a particular project or image (such as a logo) that are not listed in the Australian Standard colors you can choose from a list of PMS (Pantone) colors.  This list can be found at: You need to select the appropriate code for your project.  Phoenix staff will not be responsible for deciding on codes for customers. 


The most commonly used background colors from our standard range are shown below.


Phoenix Brown Code: XX


Dark Brown Code: DB


Maroon Claret Code: MC


Dark Green Code: DG


Holly Green Code: HG


Midnight Black Code: BM


Navy Blue Code: NB


Casino Blue Code: CB


Turquoise Code: TQ


Ferguson Red Code: FR


Gunghalin Grey Code: GG


Golden Yellow Code: GY


To also help, shown below is a range of popular standard colors that have been cast onto a bronze plaque to help show contrast.


CND ColourSample