Premium Stainless Steel Surface
Zahner's Angel Hair® Surface was developed to soften the high-reflectivity of standard finishes on stainless steel. The patented process uses precision-controlled machinery to etch stainless steel. This is the finest, smoothest, and most uniform light-diffusion metal surface available in the world.
Zahner first developed the Angel Hair® Surface over a decade ago as an innovation to scatter light particles and prevent glaring hot spots — the resulting surface casts muted reflections, ambient colors, and a soft gloss. Zahner has produced millions of square feet of the Angel Hair® Surface in stainless steel. This high-end finish is more economical and of higher quality than any other finish produced on stainless steel in the world.
Dimensions and Material Data
Zahner uses this process to produce ambient finishes on aluminum, copper, nickel, and stainless steel alloys. This surface is available in sheet, plate, and handrail tubing in any thickness. Sheet materials come in 48" and 60" typical maximum widths, and are available in several alloys based on performance in different environments. Zahner also creates custom shapes and applies the surface to three dimensional forms and unusual shapes.
To understand the reflectivity, take a look at the comparative gloss readings when compared with standard reflective or Glass Bead GB-60™ bead-blasted stainless steel (right). This data shows Angel Hair® Process applied to a base material with a 2B finish. If you apply Angel Hair to a No. 8 polished base material or a bright annealed base material, you can achieve a variety of reflectivities and appearances.
This material is sustainable when properly installed, maintaining the same appearance after decades of weathering. The material is easily cleaned with water when natural pollutants and dirt begin to appear on its finish.
Projects Featuring Angel Hair® Stainless-Steel
Zahner has produced dozens of projects fabricated with the Angel Hair® Stainless-Steel surface.
Featured Post: Building a dual-curved facade with pre-fabricated panels. — Writer Susan Chaityn Lebovits profiles Zahner in Form Magazine, about how the Neiman Marcus facade was made in Natick, Massachusetts.
Featured Post: Zahner ShopFloor team develops a perforated Louvered Screen Wall Facade System — How a small team of ShopFloor engineers at Zahner hacked a ten-year old welding robot arm to create louvered screen wall facade systems.
ShopFloor: Create unique designs for architecture and interiors using a simple configurator.