Mirror Finishes

We offer the mirror finishes listed below across all metal types. To speak with the Architectural Metal Polishing team about your project, request a quote.

#2B/Mill Finish

The #2B is a lustrous (but not mirrored) finish. #2B is also known as “mill finish” because it describes the unpolished state of the cold rolled material straight from the producing mill. While products with a #2B finish typically exhibit some luster, they are not reflective or mirrored in any way. This finish is typical for very practical applications where the appearance of the metal is not a factor.

Bright Annealed Finish

While most reflective finishes are achieved through buffing and polishing, annealing is another method of producing a similar luster. Annealing involves heat-treating the metal in a furnace and allowing it to cool slowly. This results in a bright, reflective appearance that may still retain some surface imperfections. It is typically chosen as a lower-cost option compared to buffed mirror finishes.

#7 Mirror Finish

#7 is sometimes referred to as a “dull mirror” finish. This finish features a highly reflective surface in which grit lines are not removed. It sees use across many different industries and products.

#8 Directional Mirror Finish

#8 Mirror is the industry standard for a mirrored finish. Its extremely reflective surface results from many stages of directional buffing and polishing, followed by buffing with a rouge compound. #8 comes in both a directional and non-directional variety; the directional variety will have the appearance of slight buffing lines deep in the mirror reflection.

#8 Super Mirror Finish (Non-Directional Mirror Finish)

#8 is the industry standard for a true mirrored finish. The #8 super mirror finish features virtually no grit lines, unlike the directional mirror finish. This type of finish is commonly used for architecture and design, as well as other projects where the outward appearance of the metal is critical.

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