Stainless Steel


Reference Guide


#4 Satin / Brushed Aluminum

Non-Directional

#8 Mirror / Polished Aluminum
   

 

 

CARE OF STAINLESS STEEL

About Stainless Steel

Gunderlin offers a wide variety of products in stainless steel, including door panel covers, return panels, entrance frames, handrails, bases, shell walls and wall panels. It is well known as an extremely hardy metal that requires little upkeep. No other material compares to the life cycle costing of stainless steel, which takes into account not only the initial cost but subsequent maintenance, repair and replacement.

In addition to the enduring quality, environmental friendliness and easy maintenance of stainless steel there is, of course, its classic beauty. Stainless steel adds a clean, modern, upscale design to any installation.

Types Of Stainless Steel Used by Gunderlin

We are specialists in the fabrication and handling of stainless steel. There are many different kinds of stainless steel, with varying metallurgical structures. Our standard, as well as the industry standard, is Type 302/304 stainless, an austenitic stainless steel which contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel, and is therefore often referred to as 18-8 stainless. For more information on the composition of stainless steel and its uses, contact the Specialty Steel Industry of the United States, 3050 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007, phone 202/342-8630, fax 202/338-5534.

How To Care For Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has excellent corrosion resistance, luster, strength and durability. However, it is not stain or rust proof. Regular maintenance is required to keep stainless steel clean and free of contaminants.

In most applications, stainless will not rust or stain even after many years of service. However, stressful environments such as hospitals and laboratories, parking garages or other situations where stainless may be exposed to corrosive elements require proper care and maintenance.

Do's & Don'ts:

  • Do clean stainless frequently with soap and water. Any cleaner safe for glass is usually safe for stainless; apply with a cotton cloth.
  • Do use a coating to help safeguard stainless, such as a good car wax, for added beauty and protection.
  • Do remove discoloration or rust spots as soon as possible with a brass, silver or chrome cleaner. Irreversible pitting will develop under rust that remains on stainless for any period of time. Apply a mild abrasive cleaner such as Bon Ami, Ajax or their equivalent with a wet cotton cloth in the direction of the grain of the finish. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. Stains which resist the above treatment may require scouring in the direction of the grain with stainless steel wool and a mild abrasive cleaner in creamy paste form. If scraping is required, use stainless steel pads, sponges, wood or plastic tools.
  • Don't use coarse abrasives like sandpaper or steel wool on stainless. These may actually cause rusting.
  • Don't clean with mineral acids or bleaches.
  • Don't leave stainless in contact with iron, steel or other metals which cause contamination leading to rust or corrosion.
  • Don't store near any corrosive products, such as chlorine.
   

 

 

Stainless Steel Sheet Weights:

Thickness Width x Length Est. Wt/Sht
11 GA 36 x 96 121
  36 x 120 151
48 x 96 161
48 x 120 201
48 x 144 241
14 GA 36 x 96 76
  36 x 120 95
48 x 96 101
48 x 120 126
48 x 144 151
16 GA 36 x 96 61
  36 x 120 76
48 x 96 81
48 x 120 101
48 x 144 121
18 GA 36 x 96 49
  36 x 120 61
48 x 96 65
48 x 120 81
48 x 144 97

20 GA

36 x 96 36
  36 x 120 46
48 x 96 49
48 x 120 61
48 x 144 73
   

 

 

Stainless Steel Flat Bar Weights (All Weights are per foot.)

SIZE " 1/2 5/8 3/4 1 1-1/4 1-1/2 1-3/4
1/8

.224

.286 .335 .447 .558 .671 .783
3/16 .335 .410 .503 .671 .838 1.006 1.168
1/4 .447 .558 .671 .894 1.118 1.342 1.565
3/8 .671 .838 1.006 1.342 1.677 2.013 2.348
1/2   1.117 1.342 1.789 2.013 2.684 3.131
5/8       2.236 2.684 3.355  
3/4       2.684 3.355 4.026 4.697
1         4.473 5.368 6.236
               
SIZE " 2 2-1/2 3 3-1/2 4 5 6
1/8 .894            
3/16 1.342 1.220 2.013   2.684    
1/4 1.789 2.236 2.684 3.131 3.578 4.473 5.368
3/8 2.684 3.355 4.026 4.697 5.368 6.710 8.052
1/2 3.578 4.473 5.368 6.263 7.157 8.974 1.736
5/8 4.473 5.592 6.710 7.821 8.947 11.178 13.421
3/4 5.368 6.710 8.052 9.394 1.736 13.421 16.105
1 7.157 8.947 1.736 12.526 14.315 17.894 21.473
1-1/4             26.526
1-1/2             32.210
   

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