Satin Finishes

We offer the satin finishes listed below across all metal types. To speak with the Polished Metals team about your project, request a quote.

#2B/Mill Finish

A #2B finish, also commonly referred to as a “mill finish” describes the unpolished cold rolled material as it is obtained from the producing mill. It may sometimes exhibit a slight luster from the rolling process, but no reflectivity. This particular finish is most often used where stainless steel is specified but the finish (appearance) is unimportant.

#3 Satin Finish

A #3 finish is achieved by polishing the metal type on a wide belt machine using coated abrasive belts. Traditionally, this results in a coarser appearance as the final polishing is done with a 100-120 grit abrasive belt. This particular finish is most often applied to 304 Stainless Steel for use across a wide range of industries.

#4 Satin Finish

The industry standard satin finish is similar to #3 except more refined looking and a smoother appearance. After initial polishing, the final finish is achieved by polishing with 120-180 grit abrasive belt. This particular finish is most often applied to 304 Stainless Steel for use across a wide range of industries.

Cross-Grain Satin

A cross-grain satin finish is achieved by sanding with coated abrasive pads, in a cross-hatch pattern. This particular finish is often applied to stainless steel for use in architectural projects.

#6 Satin Finish

Similar to #4 except an even finer and smoother appearance. After initial polishing, the final finish is achieved by polishing with a 240-320 grit abrasive belt. This particular finish is most often applied to 304 Stainless Steel for use across a wide range of industries.

Non-Directional Satin

A Non-Directional Satin finish is considered a random orbital finish achieved by sanding with coated abrasive pads, with no specific direction of the grain. This particular finish is often applied to a variety of metal types for use in elevators and escalators.

Long Grain (Hairline)

A Long Grain finish, also commonly referred to as a “Hairline” finish is considered a #6 Satin that receives additional polishing in order to give the appearance that the grain runs continuously for the entire length of the product. This particular finish is often applied to a variety of metal types for use in elevators and escalators.

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