Quick Answer: How Can I Tell If My Stainless Steel Is 304?

How do you tell what grade stainless steel is?

If you grind a bit of the item in question on a grinding wheel and it throws a “glow” of sparks, then it is steel.

If it is non-magnetic and gives off sparks, the item is most likely made of a 300-series grade of stainless steel.

Test #3 – Check the item for rust..

How do I know if my SS is 304 or SS 202?

Hi. If you want to do spot check of SS, just take a random piece from the raw material and do a spark test. Run a grinder on it, if the sparks are reddish orange, thin and don’t fly much it’s SS304. If the sparks are yellow, thick and fly lot further it is SS 202.

How can I tell if my stainless steel is 304 or 316?

You can’t tell just by looking at it. There’s no visible difference between two identical pieces of sheet metal, a polished or grained the exact same way. That’s why you need a material test report (MTR) of the actual material to validate it as being 304 or 316.

Is 304 or 316 stainless better?

Though the stainless steel 304 alloy has a higher melting point, grade 316 has a better resistance to chemicals and chlorides (like salt) than grade 304 stainless steel. When it comes to applications with chlorinated solutions or exposure to salt, grade 316 stainless steel is considered superior.

Will a magnet stick to 304 stainless steel?

All stainless steel is magnetic except austenitic stainless steel which is actually 300 series stainless such as 304 and 316. However, 300 series stainless is non-magnetic only after it is freshly formed. 304 is almost for sure to become magnetic after cold work such as pressing, blasting, cutting, etc.