Glass Bead™ Stainless Steel
Glass Bead-Blasted Stainless Steel with GB-60™ Technology
In addition to providing fabrication and engineering services, Zahner offers a line of premium metal surfacing options, including Angel Hair® Stainless steel and Glass Bead™ system based on its proprietary GB-60™ technology.
GB-60™ was first developed for architectural applications requiring diffused reflectivity. The metal surfacing process was developed as a premium non-directional surface with ambient reflectivity. The resulting stainless steel is further refined through a process of testing various grades to bring the highest level of quality in an efficiently produced material surface.
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 Angel Hair™ 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.
Zahner projects featuring bead-blasted stainless surfaces
Glass Bead Surfacing on other Metals
The bead-blasted aesthetic can be produced on a range of metal surfaces, and Zahner has a dedicated facility to produce custom bead-blasted surfaces on various alloys, including stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, and nickel metal surfaces. The surface can also be produced on other metals such as bronze, copper, and zinc, but isn't a commonly desired aesthetic.
Get in touch with a Zahner representative to learn more about designing and specifying with GB-60™ Stainless steel.
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