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Stainless Steel Finishing Options

There are a number of stainless steel finishing options that alter more than just the appearance of the material. Whatever the intended use, choosing the right finish option is essential.


In projects when design is a primary consideration, an attractive finish will enhance the appeal of the end-product. For example, in architecture and the automotive industries, different finishes can be used to achieve a variety of visual effects. 


The choice of surface finish is also important where fabrication processes will be applied. Rough surface finishes are appropriate when the steel will be ground prior to painting and gluing. Smooth surface finishes are better where the steel will be blended.


The choice of finish should always be clearly specified and properly defined by standard industry designations.


The development of the surface finish standard


During the late 1970’s, British Steel scientists found that dull polished finishes on stainless steel showed a wide range of surface roughness. Further testing revealed that steel with high surface roughness was heavily damaged by the polishing operations, whereas steel with low surface roughness was relatively unscathed.


During the mid-1980’s dull polished finishes became widely used on projects such as high-profile architectural projects. However, it was soon discovered that some of these dull polished finishes had poor corrosion resistance, especially when exposed to seawater. Consequently a new surface finish description was introduced which remains in use to this day.


Three more common stainless steel finishing options are:


1. Matte finish

2.Brushed finish

3.Mirror finish


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