STAINLESS STEEL FINISHES
Discover Our Stainless Steel Finishes
What sets Stainless Steel apart? For starters, its surface is made of an extremely thin film of Chromium rich oxide. This stable, passive layer protects the metal from corrosion, and allows it to keep its look for years and years.
Brushed Stainless Steel is available in a wide range of finishes. Among the most widely used are No. 3 and No. 4. Though popular, these finishes can be difficult to repair when the surface is scratched or marred.
Another popular Brushed Stainless Steel finish is the Hairline Finish. This provides a continuous grain that runs the length of the sheet. This makes scratches far easier to repair. All that’s needed is the proper 80-120 grit sandpaper. Simply sand the length of the grain to remove any scratches.
On this page, you can get in-depth information about our wide range of Stainless Steel finishes, to help you decide which can best meet your needs.
Also knows as the “mirror finish,” the No. 8 Finish is widely popular and quite aesthetically pleasing. It is produced using extremely fine buffing compounds. The result: a blemish-free final surface with a high degree of clarity and sheen.
A Directional Finish can range from satin to mirror finishes. This look is achieved using a sandpaper belt in one direction, all along the length of the sheet, plate, tube or bar. It provides a glossy, high-sheen finish that’s perfect for Architecture or Transportation projects. To obtain a No. 3 Directional Finish, we use 100 grit sandpaper. No. 4 Finishes receive 150 grit, and No. 6 Finishes are obtained with 160 grit.
Non-Directional Finishes are ideal for high-contact areas. Created using a vibratory belt, they are characterized by no clear directional patterns. This makes scratches easier to conceal. Non-Directional Finishes come in fine, medium and coarse grades.
When fabricators need to re-blend metal that’s already been cut, welded and polished, the Long Grain Finish is an ideal choice. The look is achieved by dragging a Scotch-Brite belt over a fine satin finish. It provides a straight-line finish from end to end on any sheet, tube, plate or bar. Another benefit of Long Grain Finishes: it is extremely convenient for fabricators to match.
Quite often, architects request a specific grain direction for their projects. The Cross-Grain Finish is the ideal finish to meet their needs. It’s a directional finish applied across the width of a sheet or plate, for a unique and elegant look.