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Bright Annealed Finish

A bright annealed finish is produced by heat-treating (annealing) in a controlled atmosphere furnace. It has a bright, reflective appearance, but may have some cloudiness and other imperfections. The bright annealed finish is most often applied to stainless steel and viewed as a lower cost alternative to buffed (#7 or #8) mirror finish.

What Is a Bright Annealed Finish?

Annealing is a form of heat treatment used to alter the properties of metals in order to make them more workable and/or change their appearance. In the case of this particular finish, the annealing process is used to create a surface that reflects light but does not quite reach the state of a “mirrored” appearance. However, due to the high reflectivity, the result is referred to as a “bright” annealed finish.

Available Metals

While this finish is most often applied to stainless steel products, the bright annealed finish may also be used across a wide range of metals such as aluminum, brass, commercial bronze, and Muntz metal. At Polished Metals, our professional finishing team can apply this finish to various products including sheets, plates, and multiple types of bars.

Learn more about our available products below or reach out to our team with questions or for custom finishing options.


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