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Finishes

Polished Metals offers a superior finish that is consistent time and time again. We guarantee a uniform product each time, every time.

Below is a listing of our most popular types of metal finishes. We can produce custom finishes and in most cases, we can match any samples you furnish. If you don’t see your required finish or have questions about our process, please contact one of our experts.

Metal Finishes

#2b mill finish

#2B/Mill Finish

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.

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satin finishes

#3 Satin Finish

This finish is achieved by polishing on a wide belt machine using coated abrasive belts. Traditionally this is a coarser appearance as the final polishing is done with a 100-120 grit abrasive belt.

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satin finishes

#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.

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satin finishes

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…

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satin finishes

#6 Satin Finish

Similar to #4 except an even finer and smoother appearance. After initial polishing, the final finish is achieved by polishing with 240-320 grit abrasive belt.

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satin finishes

Long Grain (Hairline)

A Long Grain 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.

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Mirror Finishes

Bright Annealed Finish

Produced by heat-treating (annealing) in a controlled atmosphere furnace. It has a bright, reflective appearance, but may have some cloudiness and other imperfections.

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Mirror Finishes

#7 Prebuff Finish

A highly reflective finish produced by buffing a surface that has first been finely ground, but grit lines are not removed through the final buffing process.

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Mirror Finishes

#8 Mirror Finish

The #8 Mirror finish is considered the industry standard for a highly reflective, mirror appearance. The #8 Super Mirror Finish is a highly specialized finish.

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Custom Metal Finish

Don’t see the metal finish you’re looking for? Contact us! Between our expert team and direct access to the best equipment available, we are able to match virtually any metal finish that you supply. 

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