One of the most desirable materials for architects, builders, and product designers is black stainless steel. With its elegant finish, impressive durability, and exceptional processing versatility, Abel Black™ stainless steel has quickly become the material of choice for a wide range of products and applications.
Abel Black™ stainless steel is made using a proprietary coloring method that preserves stainless steel’s metallic texture (unlike painting or plating). Electricity and chemicals are used to create an oxide film that causes light inference, making the stainless steel surface appear black. Since the oxide film is integrated with the base metal, it will not peel off and delivers higher durability and weather resistance than untreated stainless steel.
For builders and designers, Abel Black™ has a deep, lustrous finish, but that isn’t its only advantage. Abel Black™ also delivers excellent performance when processed in a variety of ways, including:
Punching and Cutting. Its thin oxide film will not peel, even when the sheet metal is pressed or laser cut. Abel Black™ also retains the same workability as ordinary stainless steel.
Bending. The black finish will not crack or peel, even when black stainless is bent at sharp or right angles.
Pressing. Abel Black™ stainless steel is sometimes pressed to create complex formations or insert moldings. Resistant to buckling under pressure, Abel Black™ stainless coil is ideal for producing composite parts which cannot be surface treated after forming.
Drawing. With excellent torsion characteristics, Abel Black™ stainless steel is ideal for roll forming and drawing.
Rolling. Abel Black™ can withstand extreme bending and winding, making it an excellent choice for roll-to-roll applications.
The exceptional strength and durability of Abel Black™ stainless steel make it ideally suited for outdoor applications. Chemical and corrosion-resistant, it will not deteriorate even after 500 hours of salt spray testing. Abel Black™ is also tested for weather and heat resistance and will not discolor after 1,000 hours of testing using a super xenon weather meter or exposure to 300°F.
As Abel Black™ does not require after-coating, it can reduce both processing times and costs. Finally, environmentally friendly Abel Black™ is recyclable, conforms to the RoHS ‘Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances’ directive, and does not contain Pb, Hg, Cd, or Cr6+.
With its strength, versatility, and attractive finish, Abel Black™ stainless steel is the preferred material for a wide range of building and consumer applications. Many builders will specify it for outdoor signage, exterior accessories, railings, and other accent features. In home design, Abel Black™ is often used to create high-end furniture and decorative kitchen panels. It’s even commonly found in personal consumer products like smartphone covers and speaker grills.
If you’d like to learn more about Abel Black™ stainless steel, your Diversified Ulbrich team can help you choose the right products for your requirements. We also stock a complete inventory of other aluminum, stainless steel, and specialty sheet metal products and offer real-time quoting, same-day shipping, expert troubleshooting and technical support.
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