How to Get High Grade Stainless Steel: Electropolishing
There are many things which are manufactured using stainless steel metal. You shall see its use in items like washing machine drums, surgical devices, knives, and any other item which should not deform, corrode or have minute tears in the course of its operation. These things are best made using stainless steel that has gone through the electropolishing process.
There are other methods of polishing, but they do not manage to remove the embedded abrasives as this type does. This is what makes electropolishing so much better. It involves the removal of iron particles from the steel surface by use of electrochemistry and electrolysis. This process assures you of the complete removal of the tiny bits of corrosive metals from the surface. During manufacturing, these are what can be left behind. If left there, the steel will not manage to resist corrosion. This is how you find some pieces of steel rusting away. You should only invest in steel that had electropolishing done on it.
You shall also get a brighter and more reflective surface on steel. This shall be a shine that shall last for long time to come. It shall also be easier to clean. There is a high degree of toughness when it comes to cleaning a rusting steel surface. The smooth surface as a result of electropolishing makes for a much easier to clean surface. Such a feature is highly sought after in items used for food, beverage, medical and chemical processes.
This is also hoe you treat the metal to a much gentler process. Processes like heat treatment and decarburization may get rid of the bits, but they shall also stress the metal unnecessarily. It is also not thorough to use these processes when the design of the metal item is a complex one. They shall definitely miss the curves, edges and crevices in it. You can count on electropolishing to hit all the surfaces.
You will also end up with a uniform and quick process to use. There shall in turn be lowered operational costs as a result. The need for more labor is eliminated, which adds to the savings. It is thus the choice process in large-scale stainless steel processing.
You shall realize the best results when there is adequate process controls and highly skilled and well educated professionals in charge. Anything less runs the risk of giving off a poorly polished batch, which cannot be as reliable and durable as expected. Your steel will come off with irregular patterns, pitted and pebbly surfaces, as well as streaks and stains. You should see no grain boundaries whatsoever when you view the surface under high magnification.