Choose your country or region


South Africa

EN

Canada

FR EN

México

ES EN

United States

EN

Australia

EN

China / 中国

ZH EN

India

EN

South Korea / 대한민국

KO EN

Malaysia

EN

Singapore

EN

Taiwan

ZH EN

Thailand

EN

Česká Republika

CS EN

Danmark

DA EN

Deutschland

DE EN

España

ES EN

France

FR EN

Ireland

EN

Österreich

DE EN

Polska

PL EN

Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera

DE FR IT EN

Sweden

EN

Global

EN

Please start typing to get suggestions.

Vorschläge werden geladen.

Suchvorschläge

Produktkategorien

Produkte

Importance of surface finish in stainless steel

In the fast-moving pace of the fastener world, we might hear things like: “The stainless steel you supplied has gone rusty. This can't be stainless. What's gone wrong? How can we fix it? Can we check if the material chemical composition is correct?"

Although the common objective of stainless steel applications is to work perfectly as intended by the designer and end user, there are a significant number of instances where one could be disappointed by the performance of the material. These disappointments tend to fall into only a few basic categories, but it is critical that we understand the possible causes which lead to such a situation. In most cases, a little basic knowledge would have prevented or significantly improved the situation.

The definition of stainless is known as without stain or blemish in general. For this case, the stainless steel has a function which builds around a certain resistance to stain or corrosion as a primary function. The most common stainless steel contains both chromium (between 18–20%) and nickel (between 8–10.5%) as the main non-iron constituents. It is less electrically and thermally conductive than carbon steel and is essentially non-magnetic. It has a higher corrosion resistance than regular steel and is widely used because of the ease in which it is formed into various shapes. In the industry, there are also many different types of effect of surface finishes on the corrosion resistance of stainless steel.

This paper will show the importance of passivation, polishing medium and surface profile on the corrosion resistance of stainless steel. In addition, it will also demonstrate the importance in obtaining a correct specification of architectural features where cosmetic appearance is a dominant factor.

For the purpose of understanding the topic in depth, we will focus on two key areas of discussion:

  • Is passivation in stainless steel necessary?
  • Importance of surface finish in stainless steel

surface finishing

Download now your full white paper for free and discover more about the importance of passivation, polishing medium and surface profile on the corrosion resistance of stainless steel.

Download your white paper