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FAQ: Can Hot-dip Galvanized Bolts be Paired with Plain Finish Bolt?

March 11, 2019

No matter what kind of project you are working on, you need to know that you have the right tools on hand in order to complete the job. If you've ever started a task only to find that you didn't have the right tools, you know the frustration that we are talking about. When it comes to fasteners, there are so many products available that it can be difficult to discern what you might need and what might conflict with what you are already working with. Today, we are going to be focusing our discussion on the pairing of hot-dip galvanized bolts with plain finish bolts.

Hot-Dip Galvanized Bolts and Plain Finish Bolts

A common question that we get asked revolves around using two different kinds of finishes together. In the situation that we are focusing on today, people wonder if they can pair their hot-dip galvanized bolts along with plain finished bolts. While you might feel inclined to believe that there would be no problem making this matching, the truth isn't quite in alignment with your first impression. Let's go ahead and outline the reasons as to why you would not want to pursue this pairing.

1) Potential Sizing Issues - First and foremost, the process of galvanization will lead to extra zinc ending up in your hot-dip galvanized bolts. As a result, you will find that these bolts will be slightly larger than the nuts that you are going to be working with. In the end, you'll find that the nuts do not fit appropriately on the galvanized bolts. You could end up facing loose fits, fits that are too tight, or even potential slippage.

2) Improperly Produced for Pairing - Simply put, hot-dip galvanized products are produced in order to work with their specific counterparts. The fact that there is a potential sizing issue will be the largest reason to avoid mixing them. However, the fact that there are better choices to make will be the other reason. If you want to use hot-dip galvanized bolts, pair them accordingly with the recommendation of a professional. If you are using hot-dip galvanized bolts, make sure that you pair them with galvanized nuts in order to ensure that everything fits appropriately.

The wonderful world of fasteners can be frustrating to navigate when you don't have the proper information on your side. For that reason, we've made sure to put in the time needed in order to provide you with these key nuggets of advice. Here at Ebolts Online Store, we can help you with any and all of your fastener ordering needs.

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