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.
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 “pre-buff” or “dull mirror” finish. This finish features a highly reflective surface that has been finely ground, but one in which grit lines are not removed. It sees use across many different industries and products.
#8 Directional Mirror Finish
#8 is the industry standard for a truly 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 undergoes a final round of polishing to give the product the appearance of having a directional, but mirrored texture.
#8 Super Mirror Finish (Non-Directional Mirror Finish)
#8 is the industry standard for a truly mirrored finish. The #8 super mirror finish features virtually no grit lines, unlike the directional mirror finish. This finish is achieved through many stages of circular oscillating buffing using abrasive compounds and a final rouge-like compound. 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.
Available Metals and Products.
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We maintain a large inventory of Stainless Steel, Muntz Metal/Naval Brass, Commercial Bronze, Architectural Bronze, Brass and Aluminum.
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Our metal finishing and polishing capabilities cover a wide variety of products. Select a product page to learn more about what metal types and finishes are compatible. If you have any questions about our available products, finishes, metals, or anything else, please reach out to our team!