Stainless Steel Standard Finishes
There are many finishing techniques that can be applied to stainless steel - mill, brushed, patterned, bead blasted, electropolished, coloured and decorative.
Standard finishes are the finishes that are used for most stainless steel applications. They are categorised as either "Milled" or "Polished".
A milled finish is the least expensive finish option. There are both hot-and cold-rolled mill finishes, and, as this description implies, their appearance is produced at least in part by passing the stainless steel through special rolls or dies. The reflectivity of these finishes varies from dull to mirror-like.
|Hot Rolled & annealed
|Industrial heat-resisting and material handling applications, scale impairs corrosion resistance
|Hot rolled, annealed and descaled
|Generally used when smoothness and uniformity of finish are not important
|Cold rolled, annealed, descaled and skin passed
|A smooth finish for general applications
|Bright cold rolled finish. Retained by final annealing in a controlled atmosphere furnace
Polished Finishes are produced by mechanically abrading the surface with a series of gradual finer abrasives or a special rolling procedure that stimulates the appearance of mechanical abrasion. The smoothest polished finishes are buffed after mechanical polishing to produce a mirror-like appearance.
|Cold rolled, annealed, descaled, polished to 180grit
|Polished satin finish. PVC coated. Widely used for restaurant equipment, elevators, etc.
Special Textured Finishes
Special Finishes include finishes that are generally used when aesthetic appearance is important or an extra rigidity needs to be given to thin sheeting. This category includes non-directional scratch patterns, swirls, ground circles, embossed and coined textures, and various colouring and coating methods.
|A circular overlapping pattern giving a deep lustre with a changing optical reflection when viewed from different angles
|A three dimensional pattern which enhances the material rigidity by 15%. Used in high human traffic areas. Hides dents, scratches and scuffmarks and gives a true optical flatness
|A three dimensional pattern which enhances the material rigidity by 35%. Used in high human traffic areas. Extremely high impact resistant. Hides dents, scratches and scuffmarks and gives a true optical flatness