Stainless steel metal is an alloy of iron, chromium and carbon. The chromium in the alloy creates a thin oxide layer on the metal surface, protecting it from rust and corrosion. Stainless steel is a durable, low-maintenance material that can be used in a variety of applications. Available in a variety of grades with different properties suitable for a variety of applications. The most common grade of stainless steel is 304, which has excellent formability, weldability, corrosion resistance, and heat resistance.