Deeageaux - Stainless Steel Question for You
A poster over in kitchens had her new SS appliances cleaned with Flitz, which caused discolorations that looked like rust. She wanted to know what to do.
In the course of the usual prescriptions by various posters, jellytoast mentioned that one of her appliances got a scratch and it was clear that the stainless steel was a finish, not an integral material. She described the scratch as looking as if the stainless was applied like auto paint.
So the question naturally arose: which brands actually use sheet stainless and which might have a stainless finish and how to determine that in advance.
I suggested that it's a factor that makes a difference between the highest end appliances and more affordable brands. Electroplated finishes, as we see on faucets, are quite excellent and durable. But clearly, some of these finishes are electroplated.
This is the sort of thing that only you or antss might know so thought I'd ask. To wit: just exactly what are folks buying when they buy a "stainless steel" appliance and how can they determine in advance what they are getting?