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What’s The Surface Finish Available In Stainless Steel Pipe?

Shannxi Shew-E Steel Pipe Co.,Ltd | Updated: Jul 10, 2017

What’s the surface finish available in stainless steel pipe?

There are many different types of surface finish in stainless steel pipe. Some of these originate from the mill but many are applied later during processing, for example polished, brushed, blasted, etched and coloured finishes.In this article,we collected a list of mill finish available in stainless steel pipe:


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Hot rolled, heat treated, pickled. The most common hot rolled finish. A non reflective, rough surface. Not normally used for decorative applications


Cold rolled, heat treated, pickled, pinch passed. The most common cold rolled mill finish. Dull grey slightly reflective finish. Can be used in this condition or frequently is the starting point for a wide range of polished finishes.


Cold rolled, heat treated, pickled.


Work hardened by rolling to give enhanced strength level. Various ranges of tensile or 0.2% proof strength are given in EN 10088-2 up to 1300 MPa and 1100 MPa respectively dependent on grade


Cold rolled hardened and tempered. Applies to martensitic steels which respond to this kind of heat treatment.


Cold rolled and bright annealed, still commonly known as BA. A bright reflective finish. Can be used in this condition or as the starting point for polishing or other surface treatment processes e.g. colouring

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(In the following codes “1” refers to hot rolled being the starting point and “2” as cold rolled)

1G or 2G

Ground. Relatively coarse surface. Unidirectional. Grade of polishing grit or surface roughness can be specified

1J or 2J

Brushed or dull polished. Smoother than 1G/2G. Grade of polishing grit or surface roughness can be specified

1K or 2K

Satin polish. Similar to 1J/2J but with maximum specified Ra value of 0.5 micron. Usually achieved with SiC polishing belts. Alumina belts are strongly discouraged for this finish as this will have detrimental effect on corrosion resistance. Recommended for external architectural and coastal environments where bright polish (1P/2P) is not acceptable.

1P or 2P

Bright polished. Non-directional, reflective. Can specify maximum surface roughness. The best surface for corrosion resistance.


Coloured by chemical process to thicken the passive layer and produce interference colours. A wide range of colours is possible.

1M or 2M

Patterned. One surface flat.

1S or 2S

Surface coated e.g. with tin = Terne coating


Corrugated. Similar to patterned but both surfaces are affected


In Shew-E Steel Pipe Co., Ltd,we supply stainless steel pipe finished precisely to your specifications.If you are looking for 2B stainless steel pipe or polished seamless  or welded stainless steel pipe ,contact us today.





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