Angel Hair® — A Custom Metal Polish for Ambient Reflectivity
Angel Hair is a Zahner material process developed to soften the high-reflectivity of standard grain finishes. The patented process uses precision-controlled machinery to etch stainless steel with a fine grain. Available on a variety of metal alloys, this is the finest, smoothest, and most uniform light-diffusion metal surface available for architectural metal.
This surface was first developed as a custom product by Zahner as a solution to the reflective nature of standard finishes on stainless steel. Working with Frank Gehry on a number of projects, the Zahner team recognized that these parabolic shapes combined with the intense reflectivity of stainless steel would result in concentrated heat and blinding light. Angel Hair scatters the light, providing the most diffused surface while maintaining the metal's reflective appearance.
Maintenance for Angel Hair on Stainless Steel
Angel Hair on stainless steel is easily maintained. Stainless steel, if properly detailed and installed, will outlast most materials by a great margin. The polish provided by Angel Hair furthers this longevity by providing the metal surface with a greater ease of repairability. Should the metal get damaged, scratched, or abraded, the material can be easily polished by a Zahner technician using a field-version of the Angel Hair polishing system.
The Angel Hair® Difference
Since first developing this product years ago, other manufacturers have begun to offer variant polishes such as and "vibration-finish" which attempt to replicate the surface. When the abrasion process was first developed by Zahner, the team went through a number of different grits, pressures, and tests before settling on the system currently running at the company plant.
The goal was to create a non-directional finish which would look amazing from a distance. It was important that the surface both diffuse light, and also not show the appearance of any grain in the metal. When compared to other metals from up close, you can see patterns in the "vibration" surfaces offered by other manufacturers.