General Stainless Steel Sheet

Metal Sheets Ltd stocks stainless steel sheets for table tops, splash backs, kitchen wall cladding, design features and general fabrication.

Product Pattern Finish Thickness mm Max Sheet Size
Grade 304 Brushed Satin 0.9, 1.2 2000 x 1000
Grade 430 Brushed Satin 0.9 2000 x 1000
 Grade 304 Super Mirror Mirror 0.8, 1.2 2500 x 1250

Polishes on Stainless Sheet

There are many polishes that can be applied to stainless steel sheet. Polishing does not just mean treating the metal surface to achieve a shine, it means all degrees of reflectivity from dead matt to mirror.

Super bright is commonly called mirror finish. Metal Sheets Ltd stocks super bright but also stocks a special product called Super Mirror, a much superior product.

The finish referred to as “Brushed Finish” has a trade reference “DP” which means “Dull Polish”. This finish is achieved using grit in the polishing media. Variations in the brush effect are obtained by using grits of different sizes.Metal Sheets normally stocks 240 grit finish.

This finish is popular for domestic and commercial kitchen splash-backs, (Splash Backs or Back Splashes), and display equipment.

Stainless Steel Properties

Grade 304 stainless steel is the old 18/8 stainless and the most widely used grade of stainless. It has excellent corrosion resistance.

It is typically used in catering to make vats, bowls, pipework, table tops, counter units and point of sale displays and also in the manufacture of dairy and brewery equipment.

316 stainless steel is more corrosion resistant than 304 and is suitable for marine and coastal applications.

Typical catering uses for grade 316 are components used with more corrosive foods, (e.g. meat/blood, foods with moderate salt content) where frequent cleaning takes place.

Other applications include pharmaceutical.

There are grades of stainless steel higher than 316 available for use in more corrosive environments such as hot brine, salty and slow moving foods.

430 stainless steel is a lower grade stainless and is suitable for indoor uses. It has good corrosion resistance.

Typical catering uses for grade 430 are splash backs, table tops, equipment cladding and panelling and moderately corrosive environments, (e.g. vegetables, fruits, drinks, dry food etc). Other uses are domestic ware and motor trim.

Stainless Steel Grades Cross Reference and Typical Composition

AISI BS EN Composition Cr / Ni / C
430 430S17 1.4016 17 / 0 / 0.08
304 304S31 1.4301 18 / 8 / 0.07
316 316S31 1.4401 17 / 11 / 0.07
316L 316S11 1.4404 17 / 11 / 0.03