Etched Stainless Steel

Etching metal is a technique that engraves complex textures on the surface of materials by chemical reactions or physical collisions. Its processes provide a canvas of possibility for expression on panel surfaces. Therefore, the etched stainless steel sheet has a high aesthetic and complex pattern.

Decorative metal etching maximizes the decoration of metal. The etched stainless steel adds a luxurious and mysterious atmosphere to its surroundings, significantly improving the aesthetics of spaces when used on interior and exterior panels. Its artistic sense means it is often used for ornaments, cladding, frames, and fittings.

TOPSON offers processing possibilities for a wide range of etched metal surfaces whether your ideas. At TOPSON, we can adjust the etched method to turn your ideas into reality as well as possible. Our materials include but are not limited to stainless steel, aluminum, copper, etc.

Please consult us if you are considering using a metal etching finish for your project!

TOPSON Metal Etching Capabilities

Standard (stainless steel)
AISI, ASTM, GB, DIN, EN
Stainless Steel Grade
201,304,316L,430, etc.
Available Thickness
Thickness range: 0.5~3.0mm (customized)
Tolerances: -0.01mm
Max. Workable Size
Silkscreen Max. 1300mm (W) x 6000mm (L) x 0.1mm (D)
Photosensitive Max. 2000mm (W) x 6000mm (L) x 1mm (D)
* Please contact us to custom special dimension.
Other Material Options
Copper; Aluminum; Steel
Combinable Finishes
Mirror, Satin (No.4), Hairline ...
Certificate
SGS ROHS, SGS Abrasion Resistance, SGS Adhesion Test of Coating, SGS Natural Salt Spray Test

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Why Choose TOPSON's Etching Stainless Steel

Whether you create architectural or industrial components, our etching stainless steel service ensures your stainless steel project will stand out from the crowd with its unique aesthetic appeal. With years of experience in the industry and cutting-edge technology at our disposal, our etching process is perfect for adding texture and depth to any stainless steel project.

We often adopt chemical method to etch – acid etching. Our team of experts pays attention to every detail, from selecting the right grade of stainless steel to using the appropriate chemicals for the etching process.

In addition, we are able to provide 108 patterns for reference when your ideas are limited.

Why choose TOPSON? Because we are passionate about what we do, committed to excellence, and dedicated to providing a superior customer experience. When you invest in our etching services, your project will be completed with precision and care!

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Applications of Metal Etching

As a high technique, metal etching is the common method from traditional metal processing to semiconductor manufacturing. With high aesthetics and impact properties, metal etching is often used in architecture, industries, appliances, exterior and interior elevators, and other fields frequently using metal panels.

etched metal cladding design

Cladding

Primary purpose of etched stainless steel cladding is to enhance its visual appeal by imparting intricate patterns onto the smooth surface. It presents an opportunity to retain structural integrity over extended periods in challenging environments. Stainless steel cladding with etched patterns has advantages in terms of environmental sustainability due to its recyclability.

etching doors

Elevator Doors

Using etching stainless steel for elevators offer architects and designers a wide range of possibilities to enhance the aesthetic appeal of elevators while also ensuring durability and resistance to corrosion. Etching serves decorative purposes and enhances functionality by creating textured surfaces that improve grip and minimize slippage risks inside elevators.

etching metal ceiling

Ceiling

Etching stainless steel ceiling involves the meticulous application of chemical substances to selectively remove material from the surface, resulting in an intricately designed and beautiful space. This innovative technology transforms ordinary stainless steel ceilings into awe-inspiring works of artistry that seamlessly blend aesthetics with functionality within architectural spaces.

etching metal mesh

Outdoor Decoration

Stainless steel mesh with etching pattern is a delicate metal product that achieves patterns onto its surface through chemical means. Advantages of stainless steel meshes with etching textures include improved light transmission, increased airflow, enhanced filtration capabilities, and even strengthened structural integrity in some cases. It is suitable for architectural facades.

etching metal column

Steel Column

The column is an important structure of architectural security. Etching is a precise process that allows for creating intricate patterns on the surface of robust structures. Stainless steel column with etching texture is a new structure combining aesthetics and functions, transforming what was once an ordinary steel column into an extraordinary artistry and engineering prowess.

etching metal screen

Metal Screen

Etching is a meticulous and intricate process achieved to remove excess materials from the surface of stainless steel screens. With remarkable accuracy, this technique enables precise customization and enhancement of stainless steel screens to meet specific functional or aesthetic requirements. Stainless steel screens with etching patterns are often used in conference or event halls.

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Combinations with Other Metal Finishes

The gloss and aesthetic of the metal etching finish mean it can increase a sense of luxury to constructions and equipment appearances. It is commonly combined with other finishes in the high-end place to achieve a better decorative effect.

Bead Blast & Colored Metal

Colored & Etching

Applied color can improve the decoration of etching stainless steel panels. TOPSON can color the metal plate through light interference coating (LIC) or physical vapour deposition (PVD). By processing further, colored metal plates have excellent weather and corrosion resistance suitable for high-end areas.

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mirror sculpture

Mirror & Etching

Mirror finish is the most reflective metal decorative material. Combined with the etching finish, it will take emergers different visual effects in decoration. These composite metal plates have excellent aesthetics, and anti-microbial, and scratch resistance. It is commonly used in elevators, kitchen cabinets, and wall cladding.

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pvd kitchen cabinet

Colored & Etching

Applied color can improve the decoration of etching stainless steel panels. TOPSON can color the metal plate through light interference coating (LIC) or physical vapour deposition (PVD). By processing further, colored metal plates have excellent weather and corrosion resistance suitable for high-end areas.

Explore Our Colored Stainless Steel Technology

mirror finish project

Mirror & Etching

Mirror finish is the most reflective metal decorative material. Combined with the etching finish, it will take emergers different visual effects in decoration. These composite metal plates have excellent aesthetics, and anti-microbial, and scratch resistance. It is commonly used in elevators, kitchen cabinets, and wall cladding.

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Etching Metal FAQs

Etching involves using chemicals or physical abrasion to remove layers from a surface, creating a design or pattern. Investing in this technique can enhance products and create unique finishes on kitchen appliances, automotive parts, and even jewellery. The result can be stunningly intricate and durable when applied to stainless steel.

Etched stainless steel offers a unique aesthetic that withstands harsh environmental conditions over time. With its great durability and resistance to corrosion, stainless steel is the perfect canvas for etched technique – allowing for stunning designs that will stand the test of time.

Etching metal refers to the intricate process of engraving or carving designs, patterns, or images onto a stainless steel or copper surface. This technique involves systematically removing portions of the metal by utilizing chemical reactions or physical abrasion methods such as laser etching. Professionals can achieve exquisite results on these metallic surfaces through precise control over variables such as acidity levels, temperature, pressure, and exposure time during the etching process.

Steps to Etch Aluminum

Steps to Etch Stainless Steel

Steps to Etch Steel

Steps to Etch Copper

Different acids can be employed for etching, including hydrochloric, nitric, sulfuric and phosphoric acids. Each acid has unique strengths and weaknesses when etching different types of metals or achieving specific effects. For instance, hydrochloric acid is highly reactive and fast-acting, while nitric acid produces clean and precise lines on copper alloys.

However, it can also be dangerous if not handled correctly. So, acid etching needs to be processed by practized operators.

Stainless Steel:
Stainless steel requires little repair, but daily touch will leave fingerprints and grease on its surface. TOPSON recommends using Invisible Glass Detergent to clean and Microfiber Cloth to wipe the surface for daily cleaning of etching stainless steel.

Dawn® and Sprayway® brand glass cleaners may be used to clean stainless steel routinely. If your stainless steel is carelessly tea-staining, Krud Kutter® cleaner can help you.

Brightness and smoothness can affect the aesthetic. You can use a soft cloth dipped in ordinary household white vinegar to maintain it with occasional polishing. Unique polishing product, like Sprayway® or 3M®, is also a good option to regain the brightness of stainless steel.

Copper:
Copper is one of the most popular decorative materials. The reason copper with corrosion resistance is the patina developed on its surface. Patina is the main factor affecting its color, so you must choose cleaners correctly to avoid damage during cleaning.

Wright’s® Copper Cream is gentle and non-abrasive. Its solid protective performance keeps your copper beautiful for years to come.

Flitz® Brass & Copper Tarnish Remover adopts non-flammable formula, safer than traditional acid-based cleaners. Just spray and rinse to quickly restore a brilliant shine without rubbing.

Aluminum:
Aluminum is more easily oxidized than iron but is often used for decoration. Why? The reason is that aluminum products will form a layer of aluminum oxide on the surface to avoid further corrosion. *Can not use acidic or alkaline cleaners. If do that, you will destroy its oxide and lose its protection.

In daily maintenance, mild soap solution is one of the best choices to clean aluminum without damaging the finish. You also can use commercial aluminum cleaners to maintain the materials’ sheen.

Mothers® Mag & Aluminum Polish is a paste that adds a protective coating to aluminum surfaces. You can use it by hand or with a microfiber cloth.

Chemical Guys® Heavy Metal Polish can remove light rust stains from aluminum surfaces. It is suitable to restore aluminum’s sheen.

3D® Superior Metal Polish is one of the best cleaners to remove tough or heavy-duty dirt with little effort. It can restore shine even after long-term corrosion.

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