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Everything you need to know about anti-fingerprint coating stainless steel

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Linda Wong

As one of the co-founders of Vigorss, I have been deeply involved in the decorative stainless steel sheet industry for over ten years, gaining extensive knowledge of product craftsmanship. I enjoy approaching issues from the customer's perspective, so the blog posts can address many customer pain points. Feel free to leave a comment to suggest topics for the next posts.

Anti-fingerprint stainless steel is a special process that is applied to the surface of stainless steel to help prevent fingerprints and other contaminants from sticking. In this article, we will discuss the different types, the advantages they offer, as well as some applications for this wonderful technology.

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Stainless steel is widely used in our daily life, we are likely to leave fingerprints or stains when in contact with the surface of stainless steel products. If not cleaned and maintained for a long time, the surface is easily oxidized. Therefore the technology of fingerprint-free stainless steel was born.

What is anti-fingerprint coating stainless steel?

Anti-fingerprint coating stainless steel refers to the coating of a protective layer of transparent or yellowish liquid on the surface of stainless steel. After drying, this transparent nano-metallic coating liquid is firmly bonded to the stainless steel surface textures, forming a transparent hard solid protective film layer, which is named AFP.

The AFP layer can reduce the surface tension and increase the surface hardness of stainless steel, making it difficult for fingerprints, sweat, etc. to adhere to the surface.

The AFP-treated surface exhibits good hydrophobicity and oleophobicity, resulting in a smooth feel and anti-fingerprint resistance.

AFP coatings can be applied to any type of stainless steel, including 304 and 316 ordinary stainless steel.

Because AFP coatings are applied as a thin film, they will not affect the dimensions of the stainless steel sheets. In addition, the coating does not change the color of the stainless steel surface; it only adds a layer of oil-like finish.

It can be combined with most metal surface, such as mirror, brushing, stamping, embossing, or etching, to create unique looks for architectural and consumer applications.

Two common types of anti-fingerprint

The two most widespread types are distinguished by the anti-fingerprint effect on the stainless steel, one of which is called the glossy coating while the other is matte coating.

Glossy anti-fingerprint coating


It is a smooth, shiny finish that is applied to stainless steel. This coating helps to resist fingerprints and smudges, making it ideal for use in high-traffic areas, such as home appliances and cold storage panels. The AFP also provides a barrier against corrosion and makes cleaning easier.

At present, most of the stainless steel decorative sheets on the market, especially the hairline finish, satin finish, and No.4 finish, are plated with this glossy oil to resist fingerprints, because it has a lower cost and can provide good surface protection.

Matte anti-fingerprint coating

It gives a matte finish to the stainless steel surface for a more premium look in certain applications compared with the glossy type.

Nowadays, matte anti-fingerprint treatment is more often used in stainless steel sandblasted and nano painting color sheets, which are widely used in the interior decoration of luxury buildings or machinery industry as it costs more than glossy type. We suggest you choose the coating type according to the application scenario and project budget.

Two premium types

The surface of fingerprint-coated stainless steel plates will not lose its charm because of fingerprints, oil, sweat stains, dust, etc., but it may be scratched easily and the above two common types are not suitable for mirror-polished stainless steel sheets.

  • Anti-Scratch Coating: There is a kind of advanced anti-fingerprint that is also called anti-scratch coating, which is currently widely used for countertop panels. It can resist the force of shape objects, such as keys, screwdrivers.
  • Premium Anti-Fingerprint Coating for Mirror-Finished Stainless Steel Sheets: This type of coating is mostly seen on mirror-finished stainless steel sheets. The common anti-fingerprint coatings mentioned above are not suitable for mirror finish as they can leave the surface looking hazy or with an orange peel pattern.

Advantages of anti-fingerprint stainless steel

  • Anti-fingerprinting coated stainless steel has great durability that can withstand years of use, making it an excellent choice for use in high-traffic areas.
  • It has strong corrosion resistance. This makes it an ideal choice for use in damp or humid environments.
  • It is a low-maintenance material that is easy to clean. Simply wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to remove fingerprints and smudges. For tougher stains, you can use a mild detergent or soap.
  • It is a versatile material that can be used in a variety of applications. It is perfect for use in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas where fingerprints and smudges are a concern.
  • It is available in a variety of colors and finishes to suit your needs.
  • It can keep a strong sense of metal texture appearance and soft touch.
  • As the name suggests, AFP stainless steel has a special coating that makes it harder for fingerprints and other marks to show up on the surface. This can be a great advantage in areas where hygiene is important, such as kitchens or bathrooms.

Applications of anti-fingerprint stainless steel

AFP stainless steel is commonly used in public spaces such as hospitals, schools, office buildings, restaurants, kitchen appliances, construction and decoration, household appliances, cell phone cases, aerospace equipment, medical equipment, lighting, furniture, door panels, etc. The anti-fingerprint coating helps to keep these surfaces clean and free of smudges and fingerprints. In addition, the anti-fingerprint coating makes it easier to clean these surfaces on a regular basis.

One of the most popular applications for AFP stainless steel is in elevators. The surface layer helps to keep the buttons and handrails clean and free of fingerprints. This type of stainless steel is also becoming increasingly popular in public restrooms for similar reasons. With so many benefits, anti-fingerprint stainless steel is sure to be a great addition to any space.


If you are considering using anti-fingerprint stainless steel for your business, it is important to work with a reputable supplier. There are many different suppliers of anti-fingerprint stainless steel, and not all of them offer the same quality or service. Do your research to find a supplier that you can trust to provide you with the best possible product.

Vigorss is of the leading suppliers of anti-fingerprint stainless steel sheets with various surface treatment, including mirror, hairline, vibration, sandblasted, PVD coated, embossed, stamped, and etched. We offer a wide range of products that are designed to meet the needs of our customers.

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Our anti-fingerprint stainless steel sheets are available in a variety of gauges and grades. We can custom cut your order to meet your specific requirements. We also offer a wide range of value-added services such as bending, welding, and laser cutting leaving no laser burn marks.

Contact us today to learn more about our anti-fingerprint stainless steel sheets and how we can help you achieve the look you desire for your project.

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Overall, anti-fingerprint coating stainless steel is a great option for those who are looking for an easy to clean surface. It is also a good choice for those who want to avoid fingerprints and smudges on their stainless steel appliances. However, it is important to note that this type of coating can wear down over time and may need to be reapplied in order to maintain its effectiveness.

The team at VIGORSS anti-fingerprinting solutions provider offers the best technologies in the market today. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about anti-fingerprint coating stainless steel, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] or call us at 0086-13715484114.


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