Glass Bead™ Stainless Steel

Glass Bead-Blasted Stainless Steel with GB-60™ Technology

Comparative Gloss Readings for GB-60™ Stainless Steel 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.

Photo of the 911 Museum features striating pattern between GB-60™ and a more reflective stainless steel surface

9/11 Museum featuring striating pattern between GB-60™ and a more reflective stainless steel surface.

911 Museum featuring striating pattern of both GB-60™ as well as Semi-Reflective Stainless SteelThe lightly reflective GB-60™ at the bottom transitions to alternating surface

 

9/11 Museum featuring striating pattern between GB-60™ and a more reflective stainless steel 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.

 

Microscope photographs comparing GB-60™ with Angel Hair® Stainless steel.

Zahner projects featuring bead-blasted stainless surfaces

Kauffman Center designed by Moshe Safdie

Kauffman Center designed by Moshe Safdie.

Detail photo of custom metal fascia using stainless steel

Private residence in Wyoming featuring GB-60™ stainless steel custom metal fascia.

Private residence in Wyoming featuring GB-60™ metal soffits, corners, and fascia.Private residence in Wyoming featuring GB-60™ metal soffits, corners, and fascia.

 

Private residence in Wyoming featuring GB-60™ metal soffits, corners, and fascia.

Detail photo of custom-perforated and fabricated stainless steel featuring GB-60™ surface

Custom project featuring custom-perforation on stainless steel with GB-60™ surface.

Photo of IBM Headquarters at Armonk, New York

IBM Headquarters at Armonk, New York.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Detail photo of the plate panel systems on the IBM Headquarters

Detail of the plate panel systems on the IBM Headquarters.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Detail photo of the plate panel systems on the IBM Headquarters

Detail of the plate panel systems on the IBM Headquarters.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Zahner has created works using similar surfaces for a number of projects including the IBM Headquarters in Armonk, the Kauffman Center in Kansas City, and the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton.

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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