Stainless Steel Sheet

  1. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    An enquiry for a mate, where I may end up helping him

    Looking for advice on stainless steel sheet to use as a wall covering in a kitchen

    What grade and thickness of sheet is required? What thickness? What finish? what jointing strips, adhesive etc etc etc.

    Size required will be 2.4 m tall and width to cover about 4.8m

    It’s all flat wall with no obstructions, no bends or corners, sockets etc. Very simple straight forward
     
  2. eLuSiVeMiTe

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  3. Brad93

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    304 is what most kitchens are made from but 316L ideally.

    Brushed, swirls or polished.

    You won’t get a sheet 4.8m long so would need to be two sheets.

    Welded together you’ll have distortion.

    Probably best to have a moulding covering the joint.

    You could have it welded with a machine.

    A guy I follow has a tig setup on pulse on a track, does amazing welds on 1.6mm stainless sinks for commercial kitchens.
     
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  4. Hitch

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    304 would be fine.
    Is it decorative, functional, industrial...

    4no 2500x1250 sheets would be the most economical way.

    If it's function over form, I'd just use 2B sheet.
    If its fancy, get DP1/240g

    Does it have to be stainless?
    Hygienic plastic cladding any use...?
     
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  5. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Just functional, similar finish to SS kitchen appliances will be good enough. Doesn’t need to expensive super dooper stuff

    And no to plastic. That’s that he’s got on another wall, easy to clean etc but it stains with turmeric splashes and then looks rubbish

    Any on line places I should look?
     
  6. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    I went through something similar....in the end I decided stainless tiles would be alot easier.

    Still in the box of course....12 months after delivery!
     
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  7. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Lol, your just keeping them new and clean

    I have plenty of projects like that
     
  8. Parm

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  9. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Simple is best, glue sheets on to base, use jointing strips, no cuts, bends or faffing about
     
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  10. Brad93

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    Aalco Essex have got 30% off at the minute
     
  11. Paul.

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    The last one I did some years ago was in a restaurant kitchen, 1.2mm 304 dull polished sheets with the grain vertical, glued the sheets to 6mm mdf board with spray adhesive then a combination of dots of sticks like and screws at the edges to fix to the wall, fixings and joints were covered with strips 40mm wide fitted with short stainless self tappers and silicon, walls may look flat and square but put a machine cut square panel on it and they are usually nothing like, made a promise to myself that I wouldn't do another.
     
  12. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    A plumb wall is a rare occurrence for me as a carpenter/builder.
    Unless I'm building it of course. :)
     
  13. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    Sounds like he wants DP1/VC1 sheet. That'll show less Mark's than 2B after cleaning.

    You could buy from the likes of Aalco, Richard Austin Alloys...and trim the sheets yourselves, or see about buying through a local fab firm who could cut to nominal sizes, and supply cover strips cut from the offcut.
     
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  14. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Good advice, my suggestion was dot n dab plasterboard sheet on to the wall first
     
  15. brightspark

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    and that's where skill and practice come in . overcome and allow for it :)
     
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  16. Parm

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    It won’t require any cutting at all, height to cover is 2.5m. My suggestion was to fit sheets without cutting and then some sort of trim strip at the top and skirting at bottom
     
  17. Ali

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    Learned a bit about this a while ago.

    Around the trim, and any mouldings you’ll likely see crevice corrosion where the surface passive layer breaks down. Have a look at badly designed catering trolleys or hospital gear where there are folds and tight angles.

    I think it’s certain austenitics (super-austenitics?) that are best for hygiene applications. How practical it is in reality to source such a grade I’ve no idea.

    If the trim were to (somehow) clip on rather than glued or screwed you could take it off once in a while and give it a proper clean.
     
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  18. Will! Member

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    Jointing strips???! TWI have a beautiful stir welded stainless wall. I'm sure they'll oblige given enough money.
     
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  19. mike os

    mike os just a little insane.....

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    Thin 304 glued to mdf, join can be butted and sealed or cover strip stuck on with silicone. ..
     
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  20. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Just need a big van now, I’ve told my mate to remove the front wall so we can get it in, in a one’r

    Jobs a good’un
     
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