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 Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is a misunderstood material - most of us in the trade use a grade of stainless steel called 18-8 or 304. Stainless steel is magnetic, but non-magnetic is available if requested. Non-magnetic stainless steel is usually of a higher number such as 308, 309, or 400 series.

Stainless steel can be polished to a brilliant shine to resemble chrome. For the hard to find chrome piece, stainless steel is an excellent substitute.

Can stainless steel be cut? Yes it can, but only with proper skill and technique.

One other point to consider is stainless steel is soft. The sheer strength is too low, only equivalent to a grade 2. Since stainless steel is not that strong, it should not be used for suspension parts.
Let's say you have a project that requires a lock washer, but there is not enough room for a lock washer and a hex nut. Try using a Nylock lock nut or self-locking hex nut. If the space is still too small for that, try a jam nut or self-locking jam nut. My point is, not everything is available the way we want it, but there are alternatives available. Just ask!