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How Do I Know What Metals Will Rust?

The simple answer to this question is that all metal oxidizes, but the tricky thing is that not all oxidation results in rust, or at least the kind of rust we’re always trying to avoid.</br></br>Oxidation is a fancy word for what happens when oxygen interacts with any other element, so in that way everything oxidizes somehow – even you. But, let’s keep the focus on metals, particularly those found in the home products we use every day.</br></br><strong>Galvanizing Words to Shop By</strong></br></br>There are three important descriptive terms you should know when shopping for anything with metal parts, especially if the item in question will spend its life getting wet. Let’s take a brief look:</br></br>- Galvanized Metals: Galvanization is the process of coating steel, copper or iron in zinc. It’s an effective and economical rustproofing technique, but zinc also corrodes over time, especially in very acidic or salty conditions.</br></br>- Anodized Metals: Aluminum is the most commonly anodized metal, a method of rustproofing achieved by passing an electric current through it while in an electrolytic solution. The result is a noncorrosive outer layer that is highly resistant to oxidation.</br></br>- Stainless Steel: This is a steel alloy that adds chromium in the forging process. There are different grades of stainless steel, depending on how much chromium is added, and high grades are often referred to as “commercial stainless steel.”</br></br><strong>Keep Your Finish Rust-Free</strong></br></br><a title="Decorative Hardware" href="https://www.atgstores.com/decorative-hardware/" target="_blank">Door and cabinet hardware</a>, bolts and fasteners, <a title="Outdoor Furniture" href="https://www.atgstores.com/outdoor-garden/" target="_blank">lawn furniture</a> – we’re surrounded by metal, and in a perfect world none of it would rust. Unfortunately, everything rusts in time, but there are two things you can do to grind the process to a slow crawl:</br></br>1. Know the underlying material you’re buying: Lots of products are made of metal, and you should always look for the above terms in the product description. It’s okay if you don’t see it, but if that’s the case …</br></br>2. Consider rustproofing the product, especially if it will be exposed to moisture. Spray-on clear coats and other protective methods are very affordable and easy to apply.</br></br>Use these tips and you’re sure to enjoy longer-lasting, better-looking hardware around the house.
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