When an integral screw or fastener begins to rust you are essentially setting a countdown as to when it will fail. Screws and fasteners by definition are important and have to stay tight and solid in order to do their job. A screw that rusts so badly that it breaks will become a nuisance and potentially a safety hazard. So what are you going to do about the screws and fasteners that you have now? Are there any methods or techniques that you can employ in order to keep them rust free? Well, we’re glad that you asked because we are here to help. Let’s dig into how we can help you keep rust out of your life and off of your screws and fasteners.

Rust Problems on Screws and Fasteners

Rust, or iron oxide, is a process in which oxygen and moisture combine to form a new compound on top of a metal. You’ll see rust on pretty much anything that sees extensive time outdoors: cars, bicycles, metal buildings, sheds, lawn equipment and so on. Oxygen and moisture are two pretty hard to avoid realities for most machines so that must mean that rust is unavoidable, right? Not exactly. There are ways to keep your fasteners and screws rust free and that is exactly what we are here to help you with. Listed below you’ll find a few key pieces of advice in your mission to fight back against rust.

1. Buy Stainless Steel – If you are preparing for any kind of project that requires screws and fasteners and you haven’t bought your material yet, here is an easy fix for the rust problem. Instead of buying the cheapest screws and fasteners available opt instead for stainless steel fasteners. You’ll pay a little bit more at the front end but the peace of mind in knowing that they won’t rust on you is well worth the price.

2. Anti-Rust Sealants – If you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty then consider buying an anti-rust solution or sealant. These chemical compounds are comprised of zinc and graphite powder. Zinc fights against corrosion while the graphite powder will help with adhesion. If your screws and fasteners will be in a situation with a lot of moisture then consider coating the entire screw days in advance of installation.

3. Rust Resistant Screws – If you don’t want to deal with sealants or stainless steel then look for specialised rust-resistant screws. These screws can be bought at hardware stores or on the internet and they are typically coated in zinc, tin or chrome.

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TCI Fasteners – Topcope
13 Slater Parade, Keilor East VIC 3033 Australia

Telephone: (03) 9336 0155