A treatment for stainless steel must impart high-release properties on par with non-stick coatings. The method should modify the surface of the stainless steel, but not reduce any of its existing properties, such as abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, or durability. The surface modification must resist sodium hydroxide and bleach (up to 180 °F), alkaline, and acidic staining. The non-stick properties should also offer super-hydrophobic features at a contact angle of 90 degrees or better.
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