Stainless steel is one of the most recycled metals in the world. It is estimated around 82% of all stainless steel products come back for recycling at some point so that they can be melted down and made into new steel products. One of the products commonly made from recycled steel is a 409 Stainless Steel Sheet. Stainless steel is a metal that will generally not corrode, become stained, or rust when it is exposed to water like regular steel. Stainless steel is steel that contains at least 10.5% chromium. The chromium that is added to the metal is what gives it its stainless property.
Traditional steel, known as carbon steel, oxidizes quickly when exposed to water. As an iron oxide film begins to develop after exposure, it quickly spreads over the steel and will eventually cause flaking to occur. Stainless steel is resistant to iron oxide growth because it contains a thin coating of chromium oxide which protects the metal when it is exposed to water and air, so it does not degrade over time.
Sheet metal is made into different thicknesses by rolling the stainless steel on a rolling mill. Each time the metal passes through the rolling mill, the sheet grows wider and longer, yet thinner. Once these sheets are completed, they are sized by thickness
409 Stainless steel is ideal for automotive applications though it is used in others as well. With its high heat-resistance, it works well when made into car mufflers, catalytic converters, tailpipes and in the manufacturing of farm equipment. This type of sheet metal is easily formed so it can be made into different shapes, depending on the need it is being used for.
This sheet metal can be treated with heat at levels up to 2050 F, and it can easily be welded. Most manufacturers sell this sheet metal by the sheet or in bulk rolls. For more information on purchasing sheets of stainless steel. They specialize in producing stainless steel for their customers all over the world. Contact one of their sale representatives to learn how they can assist you with your order. You can also follow them on Twitter.