304 Stainless Steel
304 stainless steel is the most widely used commercial grade of stainless steel. 304 stainless steel sheet metal is a versatile, anti-rusting, heat resistant steel for general uses with food equipment, plumbing materials, kitchen sinks, and back splashes. This stainless steel is austenitic, meaning it will not attract or hold a magnet. If you need that feature in your stainless steel, try the 430 grade. Choose from the finishes listed below.
The #4 finish is the brushed finish commonly seen on kitchen appliances and backsplashes. It also features a PVC film on one side to help protect against scratching during fabrication and installation. Our 304 stainless steel sheet #4 finish meets the criteria for both #3 and #4 finish.
#8 Mirror Finish
The #8 mirror finish has a non-directional finish that virtually looks like a mirror. This finish is characterized by a highly polished look, and it does not have a coating or finishing material to give it reflectivity. It comes with a double layer of PVC film to protect the mirror finish during fabrication and installation.
The 2B finish is a mill finish that is smooth, as opposed to the brushed finish commonly seen on kitchen appliances. The finish is light gray in color, and may or may not have a protective film on one side to prevent scratching. Customers can contact the sales department to see if the 2B finish has a protective film on the material if needed. However, if a clean, non-scratched finish is desired, the #4 brushed finish will have a protective film every time.
BA Mirror Finish
The 304 stainless steel bright annealed (BA) finish is cold-rolled stainless steel that is annealed in a controlled atmosphere to retain a highly reflective finish. Although it is not completely identical to the #8 mirror finish, it appears very similar. The BA finish has a PVC film on one side to help protect against scratching during fabrication and installation.