Premium Grade 304 Stainless Steel
Premium stainless steel grade 304-2b is a very low carbon, austenitic chromium-nickel steel with good corrosion resistance, superior resistance to intergranular corrosion following welding or stress relieving, and high malleability. The low carbon content in 304-2b stainless steel limits the formation of harmful carbides to such an extent that this grade may be safely used for most operations of welded construction, as well as where the service temperature is limited to 800° F. Additionally, grade 304-2b sheet is not magnetic in the annealed condition and cannot be hardened through heat treatment.
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What Is 2b Finish?
Stainless steel 2b finish is a smooth finish as opposed to the common brushed finish seen on items like appliances. 2b is moderately reflective which is similar to a cloudy mirror. It is created through cold-rolling annealing and a pickled and pinch-pass, or descaling. A 2b Mill finish is achieved through the addition of a light cold roll pass. This is the most utilized stainless steel finish in the world and it is the typical finish for many grades including 304 stainless steel. This finish is easy to maintain which makes it popular for everything from bakeware and flatware to plumbing fixtures, wheel covers, and many industrial applications such as solar panels and other equipment.