Stainless Steel Precut Blanks

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These blanks are precut for fast shipping so don't ask about making them larger. However, we can make them smaller for you without adding any lead time to the order.

What's the 430ss Stainless Steel Grade:

The hemmed panels feature a 430 stainless steel for good corrosion protection in general purpose applications such as restaurants, schools, healthcare facilities, industrial and commercial facilities, etc. The 430 stainless steel will hold a magnet, and will provide an attractive, long lasting solution that requires very little maintenance.

The panels feature 22ga material, which provides a good balance of quality and price. The 22ga material is about as thick as a credit card, and is light enough that it doesn't become an installation hassle, yet thick enough to provide a good surface protection solution.

What are Hemmed Edges?

The hemmed edges are made by folding 1/2in of material to the back of the panel. The end result is a panel that is 1/8in thick with an attractive, finished edge that requires no additional trim or other edge treatment. Hemmed edges are highly recommended unless you have a specific reason not to get them.

Do I Need Installation Tape + Adhesive?

If you want to save yourself time and you are interested in having a nice looking, and drama-free installation, the tape and adhesive option is recommended. We have two different tape thicknesses. One is for hemmed edges at 0.125" thick, and the other is for unhemmed edges at 0.016" thick. The RTV silicone will ensure a 15+ year installation. On jobs where you want to get in and out in minutes, this is your solution. Plus, you won't be getting a callback.

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Stainless Steel Surface Finishes Explained Clearly!

Q: What is the #4 Brushed Finish?

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?

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?

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?

There is a common misconception about stainless steel being anti-bacterial, like copper, brass and bronze, but that is not the case. However, stainless steel is generally cost effective enough and durable enough to be cleaned and/or sterilized frequently without breaking down the surface or material. This is the reason for its popularity 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 finish options available.