Steel media is available in both carbon and stainless-steel options. Vibratory finishing processes utilizing steel media is often referred to as ball burnishing due to the high luster and color achieved.

Steel media does not have any cutting ability but can be used for light deburring. Steel media is an excellent choice for cleaning parts for both new and refurbishment operations. Steel media can also be used for brightening components prior to secondary operations such as anodizing.