We offer a wide range of surface finishes for enhanced product appeal and functional applications. Whether straight from the mill or further processed by our service centres, our products come with industry-leading quality.
Surface finishes count for more than just aesthetic considerations, as surface quality or surface finish also affects the material´s sensitivity to corrosion and its cleanability.
Cold rolled surface finishes
By means of further rolling of the steel in a cold state, both its surface smoothness and thickness accuracy are improved. Since stainless steel is cold hardened, that is, it is hardened by the cold-working process, it has to be annealed after the rolling so as to regain its softness and working characteristics. This is most often carried out in an ordinary air atmosphere, which again results in an oxide that has to be removed by pickling in an acid bath.
Most surfaces can be temporarily protected by a removable plastic film which is applied before delivery.
Further finishing actions are outlined in the chart below:
Mechanically descaled and pickled - 2E
Re-rolling, profile-rolling, tubular products, structural hollow sections
|Annealed and pickled finish - 2D|
Process industry and structural applications, Industrial equipment, pipes and tubes for the process industry
|Skin passed finish 2B||E.g. tanks and process equipment in the food industry, where hygiene is important|
|Bright annealed finish 2R(BA) ||E.g. household equipment, where appearance and hygiene are important, and appliances (dish washers, washing machines) and for precision strip|
|Bright pickled 2BB ||Household equipment, where appearance and hygiene are important, and appliances (dish washers, washing machines)|
|2H work hardened||Agricultural machinery components, building elements / hollow sections, electronic components, equipment casings and housings , tool parts, wear parts|
|Polished ||Where appearance and hygiene are important: commercial kitchens, household cooking vessels, sanitary facilities, hospital equipment, and kick-plates |
|Brushed ||Where appearance is important: buildings (sheet metal cladding, elevator interiors), vehicles (car hub caps, wall panels for trains), home (sinks) |
|Deco and patterned ||Where appearance is important: elevators, doors, escalators, cladding, wall panels, sinks, refrigerators |
|Fingerprint resistant ||Where appearance is important: elevators, refrigerators|