Nuts and Bolts and Rust, Oh My 3 Tips to Avoid Rusting
November 21, 2014
Did you know? People have been using metal screws to fasten objects since the 1400s! And since the 1400s, people have been dealing with nature’s unfortunate response to bolts and screws: RUST. According to the all-know Wikipedia, “Rust is an iron oxide, usually red oxide formed by the redox reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of water or air moisture. Several forms of rust are distinguishable both visually and by spectroscopy, and form under different circumstances.” But how do you guard your bolt and screw supply from rust? Follow these three tips.
Protect from water
Water is what often causes metal to rust. If your favorite car is out in the drive way, keep in mind that it is sensitive to the elements. Keep the car over the covered patio or use popular cream washes that treat the metal to resist rust. Otherwise, you’re likely to be spending money at the automotive fastener supply.
Match like metals
If you are using steel bolts with a iron nuts, these are likely to rust faster. The screw, nut and bolt industry employs more than 115,000 people – many of whom are ready to help you find 12 point flange bolts for your 12 point flange nuts or the best stainless hex bolts. Really, with more than 4,000 manufacturers out there, you are bound to find what you need.
Consider stainless steel
Stainless steel is strong, durable and relatively inexpensive. If you have find the tools you need in the size you need in stainless hex bolts, for example, are a strong, cheaper option. Keep in mind – screw sizes are numbered with larger screwers holding bigger numbers. More on this.