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Colored Stainless Steel Sheets

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Materials: The black stainless steel is available in 304 and 316 stainless steel and offers an attractive finish for general (304) and harsh environments (316). The PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) surface treatment is quote durable, and is actually harder than the stainless steel surface itself. This sounds great, but don't misunderstand. The benefits are a more scratch resistant finish, but it’s not bullet proof, so don't expect the PVD coating to remain unscathed when you take a wire brush to it. It is vastly superior to the black/grey surface treatments on appliances and other material.

Environmental: PVD coated stainless steel is excellent for outdoor use as it is not affected by UV. It is also excellent as a secondary coating to the stainless steel as chemicals and detergents do not affect the finish.

Bending: You can bend the stainless without any issues. The PVD coating will not flake, crack, or otherwise show any any defects. We have formed angles from 0 -180 degrees, and have even hemmed black stainless steel. The hem was an open, teardrop hem, and there were no defects in the surface of the metal, and the coloring was consistent.

Welding: While you can certainly weld black stainless steel, you will not be able to grind and/or polish the weld. The goal is a weld from the inside of a corner, or from the side that is not seen. If that is not possible, aim for a very fine weld with no filler rod or wire. Of course this will mean having parts that are extremely tight fitting. We can do this for you if needed. Let us know about your requirements if needed on the Contact Us page.

These images are of the same piece of material. Lighting has a fairly dramatic effect on the appearance. One image shows the grain more clearly defined. Again, this is a close image and you will obviously not be able to see the grain so clearly in all lighting.

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Stainless Steel Surface Finishes Explained Clearly!

Q:What is the #4 Brushed Finish?
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The #4 brushed finish is the most popular available today, and typically utilizes . There are various names for it including brushed, polished, satin, and sometimes even nickel finish. It's the de facto industry standard in commercial, industrial and residential applications where aesthetics and longevity are important. It's also the most consistent across batches and is easier to match when upgrading or adding to previous installations. The #4 brushed finish will never fade and is basically ageless, providing you keep it maintained.

Q:What is the 2B Finish?
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The 2B Finish is gray in color and somewhat reflective. It looks good initially, but is extremely difficult to keep pristine in applications where it will be handled and/or cleaned frequently. This has no effect on the performance or longevity of the product, but rather the aesthetics. Fingerprints, oils, and various liquids tend to stain the surface of the metal, resulting in uneven coloring and patches with different shades of gray. In addition, the 2B finish is done at the steel mill and may vary in color from batch to batch.

Q:What is the BA Finish?
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BA finish, or Bright Annealed finish is similar to a #8 mirror finish or a chrome finish. While quite uniform, the finish is done at the steel mill and may vary slightly from batch to batch of material. You'll find the BA finish on the inside of dishwashers, laundry machines, refrigerators, etc. The bright annealed finish is achieved by heating up and cooling (annealing) in a controlled environment.

Q:Are Stainless Steel Surfaces Anti-Bacterial?
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There is a comment misconception that stainless steel is anti-bacterial, but that is not the case. However, stainless steel is durable enough to be cleaned and/or sterilized frequently without breaking down the surface or material. This is the reason is has become so popular in everything from surgical instruments to restaurants. If it isn't destroyed by carelessness, including denting, abrading, drilling holes, etc, stainless steel will provide one of the longest-lasting and best looking wall finish options available.