Peter Hall Designs
Email Us

Restored Harley Davison Belt Buckle And Gold Plated

Peter Hall Designs
Email Us


Address and phone number

Peter Hall Designs

South View Cottage

Walsham Rd



Suffolk ip14 4jn



Phone 01449 781523

visit our main web site at
















This web site has been put together to give   information on metal polishing to the public and industry alike. the aim is to give a simple but informative approach. not an in depth study.      

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is available in many varied standards and the choice of material must be made according to function of the finished article. These technical issues can get very complex according to the environment in which the article will be placed, especially where food hygiene and facilities are concerned. These technical issues on different grades of stainless steel are not being dealt with here. follow this link for information on grades available.

Polishing and finishing of stainless steel is being dealt with here. The different grades of finishes put on stainless steel by the mills may well suffice in some cases. These mill finishes can come in bright, semi-bright, grey, and grained finishes.  Some of these mill grained finishes are very "keen" meaning that the surface can be very open and susceptible to grease and finger prints as some people will know from experience with their stainless steel fridges. Alternative finishes can be applied by the metal polisher to improve the existing finish for cosmetic reasons, easy cleaning and hygiene. 

Hygiene in Hospitals

Over the years of polishing metal items for all sorts of environments' you can see problems looming to cause trouble, one of these is the hygiene in hospitals where there is a lot of stainless steel in all sorts of environments. Men in suits are interviewed and try to explain away there latest out break of infection while standing next to a piece of apparatus that is a disaster on wheels. They don't understand how it gets from one part of the hospital to another so quickly. Wards are fumigated and closed for weeks if not months and with in days of reopening are back where they started.

Metal polishing is a very practical discipline its not rocket science but requires a particular kind of aptitude to get it right. The comments made above are purely from this approach. If I am 99% wrong which I know I am not, the 1% left needs a lot of thinking about. 

The Problems

Rolled over hollow edges, overlapped welded joints with open ends, tubular legs, box section to mention just a few. These will fill with water/liquid over time and in the right temperature form what I call a black sooty deposit like mould  between or inside cavities. If this is disturbed it rises like fine dust and if you inhale it it will make you feel like you are getting a very bad dose of the flu with in a couple of hours and it can be very bad. I know its happened more than I would like to me. If this dust is left in wet conditions it will grow into a jelly like appearance, the sort of thing you find in your washing machine outlet hose. Just a sample of what's is about and there is a lot more!                        








home | products | about us | affiliates | search | checkout | e-mail

 Copyright 2003 Peter Hall Designs


Art deco table lamp in mirror polished Stainless steel. To buy this Table Lamp Click Here

Copper measuring jug being polished by hand on a polishing lathe.

Polishing mops and bars of polishing composition used in the process of polishing