Choosing the Right Finish for Your Stainless Steel

If you’re constructing something made out of stainless steel, then there is one step you shouldn’t miss: finishing. There are a number of different methods for finishing and each depends on strength, temperature, hardness and how clean you need the metal to be. Depending on these factors and where you need the constructed item to be, grinding, polishing and colouring are all good options for finishing.

Choosing the Right Finish for Your Stainless Steel

Grinding to a Halt

If you need the metallic object to be clean and free of any loose particles, such as in a restaurant setting, then grinding and polishing are both effective finishing methods. While similar, the two methods differ in how they finish. Grinding is more forceful and requires the care of specific machines to remove excess metal and smooth out the final product.

Polishing on the other hand requires the usage of various chemicals as well as polishing machines and wheels. This, too, creates a smooth surface on the metallic item and can be done at various speeds for slightly different results.

Coloured Metal

For the more aesthetically pleasing option in commercial settings, you’d want the finished metal to be coloured. This can be accomplished through a few different methods, one of which is the simple painting of the metal with an appropriate liner.

Buffing is a similar process that has 2 stages: the first is “cutting down” or polishing and the second is colouring to increase the steel’s luster. With these two processes being completed in one buffing operation, grease is removed, ensuring clean work.

Chemical elements can also be used in colouring. These compounds create the coloured effect you see on the final product and can be more permanent and effective than simple painting methods. Blackening falls in a similar category and uses waxes to colour the steel a solid black colour.

Finishing Strong

After you construct your commercial product from stainless steel, you must use certain methods to finish the job. There are a number of different methods, including grinding, polishing, buffing and colouring processes that can help you complete the building of your metal item and craft something perfect for your business or home.

To learn more about the various methods that we use for our prime stainless steel products in WA, please call us on 1300 794 647.

About Paul

Paul Bartlett is the owner and director of Western Stainless Solutions. He has a passionate commitment to personally seeing each project through from conception to completion. Mr Bartlett has owned Western Stainless Solutions since 2005. He had prior experience as a foreman for Caterlink, where he learned to fit out numerous restaurants with stainless steel equipment.

With Western Stainless Solutions, Mr Bartlett has overseen numerous large projects, always getting them finished on time and on budget. His favourite projects include:

  • Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Joondalup Health Campus
  • Coles Inglewood
  • Woolworths Yanchep
  • Mt Barker Chicken
  • The Merrywell Bar
  • Perth Children's Hospital
  • St John of God Subiaco refurb and development

Mr Bartlett has extensive experience in completing large projects, but is always around to add a personal touch to projects such as restaurants and pubs.

Mr Bartlett also has experience in the sports world. He currently serves as a volunteer coach for School Sports WA and spent two years as the General Manager of the Stirling Senators in the State Basketball League.

The bottom line: Mr Bartlett specialises in getting things done. He has a “hands-on” approach that is rare for owners of businesses the size of Western Stainless Solutions.