Williams Metalfinishing Types of Finishes
The information provided below is somewhat subjective and is used as our general guide at Williams Metalfinishing.
#3 Finish - Grain finish. Also called Grinding, Roughing or Rough Grinding
Very coarse finish. The material is polished to a uniform finish between 60 and 80 grit.
#4 Architectural Finish - Also called Brushed, Directional or Satin Finish
A #4 Architectural Finish is characterized by fine polishing grit lines that are uniform and directional in appearance. It is produced by polishing the metal with a 120 - 180 grit belt or wheel finish.
#4 Dairy or Sanitary Finish
This finish is commonly used for the medical and food industry - almost exclusively used on stainless steel. Great care should be taken in removing the surface defects in the metal - like pits - that could allow bacteria to grow. This finish is produced by polishing with a 180 - 240 grit belt.
Fine grain. This finish is produced by polishing with a 220 - 280 grit belt.
Smooth buffed finish with a very bright appearance. Light haze. The part is belt polished with a 280 - 320 belt then buffed with a cut and color compound. This is a common finish in preparation for chrome plating. A #7 finish can be made bright by color buffing with coloring compound and a cotton buff. This is a good way to keep polishing costs down when a part needs to be shiny but not flawless.
#8 Mirror Finish
"Mirror" bright finishes with clear reflection - Very light haze. All surface defects are removed. The part is buffed and then color buffed to achieve a mirror finish. The quality of this finish is dependent on the quality of the metal being polished. Castings that have pits will be difficult - if not impossible polish to a #8.
True #8 Mirror Finish
Finish Cross Reference Chart
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