When we talk about skins, we usually mention their levels of wear or the pattern index. However, there is another important option, which is worth mentioning, and it is the finish style.
In total, there are 9 finish styles in the game:
- Custom Paint;
- Solid Color;
- Anodized Multicolored;
- Anodized Airbrushed;
Valve did a great job having recreated the finish styles that are used in real life. They also integrated aging effects typical for each finish. However, the systematization of all finish styles might look like a little mess, but let’s try to figure out the main points!
The skin itself conditionally consists of three parts: the basic weapon model, skin texture, and finish style. The finish stile affects the skin’s appearance at increasing levels of wear. Formally, all styles can be divided into three groups.
The first group includes: “Custom Paint”, “Solid Color”, “Anodized Multicolored”, “Spray-Paint”, “Anodized Airbrushed”, “Hydrographic”, and “Anodized”. All skins in this group have a similar aging effect – the paint layer peels off revealing the unpainted body of the weapon.
There are some nuances here though. Each skin has its own aging effect. This means that even skins with the same Float Value can look different, which can significantly affect their price. For instance, a Battle-Scarred AWP | Asiimov can be two times cheaper than a Factory-New one. But it can also cost even more if due to traces of wear it has a so-called “blackiimov” scope.
The second type includes only one finish style – “Patina”. Patina is a specific layer that forms on the surface of various metals such as copper, brass, etc. Roughly speaking, it is a counterpart of rust. At increasing levels of wear, patina changes color saturation or even the color itself. A good example is P250 | Verdigris. At minimal Float Values, this gun has a dirty-orange color with green stains, but at growing Float Values the color scheme starts to change. In Battle-Scarred condition, P250 Verdigris is almost completely green.
The last finish style combines the aging effects of “Patina” and “Custom Paint” and is called “Gunsmith”. At increasing levels of wear, individual areas of such skins can get abraded, while others simply become darker. For example, AUG | Syd Mead with a high float has a paint layer peeled off on the barrel, magazine, and front part of the body, but the handle and buttstock only darken.
A finish style can hardly be called a determining factor in a skin’s appearance, but knowing the particular features of each aging effect can save you a lot of money. Paying attention to these features will make your trading process much easier and more comfortable.
By the way, you can find (and trade) all the mentioned skins on our website.