Stainless Steel Finishes we offer:
There are many ways to finish stainless steels. Each technique requires a varying level of labor required to achieve and each can create an entirely different look. Some common finishes are shown below:
#4 Polish (Brushed finish): Sometimes called a line finish, this finish is achieved by sanding in a vertical direction using approximately a 150-180 grit abrasive sandpaper. This is one of the most common finishes used in architectural metal work.
#6 Polish (Fine Brushed stainless):
A finer grain finish with a brighter sheen, requires sanding as above but also buffing with a buffing compound on a cloth wheel. The quality of the surface depends greatly on the amount of sanding done and the fineness of the abrasives used.
Matt Finish: Bead Blast:
This finish provides a dull matt finish. For best result glass beads are used. It is relatively cost effective and has a nice uniform matt appearance but is susceptible to finger print staining.
Mirror Finish: #8 Polish (mirror finish):
As the name implies, a mirror polish will result in a highly reflective finish. It Requires significant buffing to get to this true mirror finish. Great care must be taken in earlier steps to remove deep scratches or nicks as they will be quite noticeable one you reach this stage. Mirror polishing of stainless steel improves its corrosion resistance because it removes crevices where corrosion causing chlorides can sit and do their work.