Its applications

On an industrial scale, enamel is used above all as a protection for ferrous materials (steel and cast iron) subject to rapid deterioration, rust and corrosion: enamelling protects them in time, avoiding high costs of maintenance and replacement. In recent years the applications have extended increasingly also to products with base surfaces which corrode less (aluminium, copper, stainless steel): valid confirmation of the aesthetic and functional worth, and also protective, of this material. For these reasons porcelain enamel has been used most extensively in the home: from pans to kitchen utensils, from sanitary ware to electrical appliances, stoves and components for building. Even operating rooms are equipped with enamelled panels on the walls. Enamel is widely known in the chemical industry. Chemical reactors, piping and fittings are made from enamelled steel or cast iron.