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  1. BSSA Stainless Steel Surface Finishes Pack

    Aimed primarily at architects and specifiers, the BSSA Surface Finishes Pack provides details and guidance of the wide variety of stainless steel surface finishes available. The pack includes the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ in selecting and specifying surface finishes, together with information on maintenance, cleaning and an updated, classified resources section for further information, (for ease of access, a USB stick is provided). Contained with a robust hard-back ring binder, the Surface Finishes Pack is complete with guides on applications as well as practical, technical information written very much with the end user in mind.

    Additionally, there are extensive case studies showing exciting samples, both from the UK and across the world, illustrating just how versatile stainless can be. What makes this pack unique is the comprehensive range of samples it contains. These include machine-polished, electro-polished, brushed, 1 and 2-side patterned and even coloured. Provided by the BSSA’s own member companies, these will help users decide just which finish best suits their need while also giving them the opportunity to get up close to the stainless steel itself.

    The BSSA Stainless Steel Surface Finishes Pack is available in the UK at a cost of £110.00 and £125 in the EU (including p&p) 


  2. Care and maintenance of stainless steel

    Stainless steels are highly durable, but in certain service conditions may stain or discolour due to surface deposits. In order to achieve maximum corrosion resistance and aesthetic appeal, stainless steel surfaces must be kept clean. Factors affecting maintenance are outlined. Recommendations on the frequency of cleaning for architectural applications are given.

  3. Corrosion barriers for thermally insulated stainless steel

    Background information on the sources of chlorides within insulation materials is mentioned. The use of paint and aluminium foil barrier methods between the steel shell and insulation layer as a method of eliminating the risk of corrosion to the steel is also outlined.

  4. Dry ice blasting of stainless steel

    Ko Buijs of Van Leeuwen Stainless describes dry ice blasting as a method for removing surface corrosion from stainless steel. Reprinted from Stainless Steel World – April 2006

  5. Electropolishing of stainless steels

    The process used for electropolishing is outlined, (anodic dissolution in phosphoric / sulphuric acid electrolytes). The benefits of electropolished finishes are summarised and a list of typical application industries and specific products given. Safety issues are briefly noted and the need to employ the services of competent specialists for electropolishing is stressed. Electropolished surfaces should be fully passive and no further passivation treatments are necessary.

  6. General principles for selection of stainless steels

    The main factor in the selection process for stainless steels is corrosion resistance. Careful consideration of the application should be done to enable a choice of grade with suitable corrosion resistance whilst keeping costs to an economic minimum. Other considerations such as mechanical properties, (strength and toughness), physical properties, (magnetic permeability), and forming, fabrication and joining methods available should be secondary. (91)

  7. Getting the Best out of Stainless Steel

    Stainless steel is a great material to work with. As with all materials you need to know how to treat it correctly for maximum cost effectiveness. This article summarises the typical pitfalls and remedies.

  8. Importance of Surface Finish in the Design of Stainless Steel

    The effect of the surface finish on the corrosion resistance of stainless steel. This paper clearly shows the importance of polishing medium and surface profile on the corrosion resistance of stainless steel in both real and test cases. The development of the EN 10088-2 2K finish is described. This paper is of particular importance in the correct specification of architectural features where cosmetic appearance is a dominant factor.

    Note. This paper is not intended to imply that the silicon carbide finish is the optimum for corrosion resistance. The smoothest surface possible, bright polished, always provides the best corrosion resistance in any environment.

  9. More Than Just Scratching the Surface – A Practical Approach to Surface Finish

    This article describes the practical issues surrounding the definition of surface finishes on stainless steel. It provides guidance on how to agree a suitable surface finish between the end user and supplier. The author has many years of experience in this field.

  10. Paint coating stainless steels

    The combination of surface preparation and formulation of the paint system are key factors in the successful paint coating, (painting), of stainless steels. Surface preparation and coating, (primer and top coat), application and systems are discussed.

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