The present invention generally relates to a substrate support for use in a substrate processing chamber. A roughened substrate support reduces arcing within the chamber and also contributes to uniform deposition on the substrate. The roughening can occur in two steps. In a first step, the substrate support is bead blasted to initially roughen the surfaces. Then, the roughened surface is bead blasted with a finer grit to produce a substrate support with a surface roughness of between about 707 micro-inches and about 837 micro-inches. Following the surface roughening, the substrate support is anodized.