Nov 25 2009
Wheelabrator Impact Finishers, the world-leading designer and manufacturer of surface preparation solutions, is pleased to announce its new generation of architectural shot peen finishes – PeenPlus.
Developed especially for stainless steel but also on occasions applied to aluminium, PeenPlus gives an impressive aesthetic look but also provides architects and specifiers with distinctive solutions to modern challenges.
Engineered using a ‘shot peening’ technique the PeenPlus surface finish is created by impacting spherical particles onto the surface of material under controlled conditions. The particles generate an even, continuous, unbroken pattern visible on the surface. This process creates a work hardened surface which is very hard wearing and increases the material’s resistance to anti social behaviour and scratching; it also potentially increases the resistance of the stainless steel to corrosion. There is no coating applied to the surface and the finish is potentially everlasting, resulting in no environmental impact from paint product application or tatty degenerating coatings requiring expensive maintenance in years to come.
PeenPlus has been specifically developed to match architects and specifiers desires to create a new shot peened finish using entirely non ferrous shot, there-by eliminating the risk of any cross contamination from the old steel shot methods used previously.
Impact Finishers’ shot peen finishes have already been specified extensively on several recently completed underground refurbishment and development projects. Both the interior and exterior stainless steel cladding at Wood Lane, Stratford and Kings Cross Stations as well as high specification office redevelopments. Even sculptures have benefitted from this attractive finish solution, emphasising the suitability and durability of the PeenPlus range in harsh environments.
The PeenPlus range of finishes is now presented in Impact Finishers’ new and novel swatch sample wallet, ideal for storing in libraries or for presenting to clients.
Chris Pallot, Business Development Manager for the Impact Finishers peening services, said: “The consistency, durability and longevity of a Wheelabrator shot peened finish (PeenPlus) is now evidenced by the repeat projects we are receiving and the fact that the finish supplied is as good today as the day it was installed.”