Platinum Stages only uses real uncoated metals. We have never and will never coat or plate our poles. In doing so this reduces the chances of any nickel allergies or skin irritations that can arise from plated poles. Since we make out poles from real metal alloys (stainless steel and brass) there will be imperfections in the material. We do try and polish all our poles to a mirror finish, but this doesn’t necessarily remove all the imperfections hairline scratches and occasionally pin head size pitting). That is the difference between real metals and chemically unsafe coated finish. If you have any questions about the material please feel free to contact our office. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have.