Presto Black SSB Room Temperature Stainless Steel Blackening Process

November 28, 2017
Presto Black SSB Room Temperature Stainless Steel Blackening Process

New Presto Black SSB room temperature stainless steel blackening process is an immersion or brush-on solution for most stainless steel alloys and substrates. Creating an esthetic appealing finish, Presto Black SSB can be used in production finishing, for manual touch-up needs, or for distressed decorative or architectural metalworking.

Presto Black SSB reacts quickly and produces a nondimensional black finish in 1-3 minutes in most brush-on applications. When used in-house for volume immersion finishing, the process is best implemented with a series of tanks for cleaning, rinsing, blackening, final rinsing and applying a final topcoat sealant for long-term protection. The immersion process takes only 12-15 minutes to complete a full batch of parts. Pre-engineered finishing lines in sizes suitable for most finishing requirements are available from Birchwood Technologies.

For manual finishing applications such as architectural finishing, antique sculpture work or scratch repair work, Presto Black SSB is applied using a brush-on applicator technique or for larger surface areas a pump sprayer can be deployed. All workpieces must be thoroughly cleaned of oil and excess scale before blackening. Multiple applications of the chemistry may be required to achieve the desired grey/black finish. Reaction stop is also necessary and facilitated with a water rinse and forced air drying with compressed air, and then a final top coat sealant should be applied.

Applications for Presto Black SSB include machined components, tooling, fasteners, fixtures, appliances, structural and sculpture projects. Presto Black SSB nondimensional finish is a low-cost way to enhance sales appeal. With a uniform 0.000030” (1 micron) thickness, the porous crystalline structure of the black finish makes it a suitable absorbent base for a rust preventive top coat or clear coat protectant. Once sealed, the finish resists up to 1,200 hours humidity without chipping or peeling.

Available in 1-, 5- and 55-gal. containers.

Related Glossary Terms

  • alloys


    Substances having metallic properties and being composed of two or more chemical elements of which at least one is a metal.

  • metalworking


    Any manufacturing process in which metal is processed or machined such that the workpiece is given a new shape. Broadly defined, the term includes processes such as design and layout, heat-treating, material handling and inspection.