3 Common Applications for Grain Finish (No.4 Finish) Stainless Steel

By superadmin on August 13, 2020 in Blog

Choosing a stainless-steel finish is not always an easy decision. If you get it wrong, you may compromise the visual appeal of your finished project or potentially experience premature wear and tear. Whilst a polished finish makes sense in some applications, grained finishes such as the No.4 Finish are more commonly used in residential and commercial applications due to high durability and good looks. Here are 3 of the most common applications for grain finished stainless steel.


  1. High Traffic Zones

Areas which are used on a regular basis and/or receive high traffic will benefit from the use of no.4 finish stainless steel. This is because no.4 finish is highly resistant to wear and tear due to visible grain and dull sheen, meaning your investment will look better for longer. There is no need to worry about minor nicks and scratches, as they will be barely visible against the brushed texture.

You will notice that no.4 finish is one of the most popular, being used in residential and commercial construction. Popular areas of use include:

  • Handrails
  • Service Elevator Panels
  • Escalators
  • Architectural Wall Panels
  • Hospital Surfaces
  • Control Panels
  • Food Processing


  1. Food and Beverage Manufacturing

No.4 finish stainless steel is not recommended for use in kitchen preparation areas due to the risk of bacteria forming in and around the visible grain of the steel surface. That said, it is a very popular choice for protective panels and covers which encase the machinery used in the manufacture of food and beverages. This is again due to its high durability, as it will assist in keeping visitors, employees, and machine operators safe from harm whilst retaining its good looks for many years to come.

  1. Household Appliances and Commercial Machinery

You may have noticed that many of the stainless-steel fridges on the market today feature a brushed finish, along with many other appliances we use daily. Stainless steel tends to pickup fingerprints and oily residues, but by opting for a no.4 finish the appearance of dust, dirt, oils and debris will be significantly reduced. You will also notice grain finish stainless steel is used for commercial machinery where it is favoured for its high durability, ease of cleaning, strength and reduced cost in comparison to more labour-intensive finishes.


Keeping No. 4 Finish Clean

Like all stainless steel products, no.4 finish is very easy to clean. Simply wipe down the surface using a damp, clean cloth and a mild soap or ammonia solution. This will effectively remove any grease and marks, leaving your surface looking as good as new. You should avoid using abrasive cleaners or implements, as they may damage the surface appearance. No.4 is the easiest stainless finish to maintain, so it’s no wonder it is a favourite choice for restaurant and kitchen equipment, storefronts, handrails and much more.


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