Whether its a boat, dock, marina or just by the ocean, most fasteners don't stand up to the corrosive properties of saltwater environments. To combat this, Albany County Fasteners has created this page for you, the customer, to provide everything we offer that Will last in a marine environment in a simple easy to browse category. Find everything you need in 316 marine grade stainless steel and silicon bronze; both with properties to withstand the test of these harsh environments. Don't forget to purchase a bottle of Marine Grade MRO Anti-Seize Solution with your fasteners to make installation easy and increase the life of your fasteners even longer!
Hot Dip Galvanized fasteners are also commonly used for marine environments. However, their corrosion resistance will vary depending on several factors found in marine environments. If you are looking to use these fasteners, please visit our Hot Dip Galvanized Fasteners page.
All About Salt Water & Marine Grade Fasteners | Fasteners 101
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Bob: Hey, Welcome back to Albany County Fasteners - Fasteners 101. Today we're going to talk about everything saltwater. So, let's get started.
Saltwater environments are everything within 20 miles of a saltwater ocean. Wherever you have salt water, within 20 miles you should have a fastener that is made out of 316 stainless, aluminum or silicon bronze.
I have here everything not to use in a saltwater application. Okay, I have here a grade 2, a grade 5 and a grade 8 zinc coated fastener. I have a thermal black oxy coated fastener, also, black oxy stainless should not be used in a saltwater application. 18-8 or 304 stainless steel should not be used in a saltwater environment. This will surface rust and that will happen in the first week. You'll start to see surface rust or within 30 days. Hot dip galvanized (zinc) - you can use this in the (saltwater) environment. However, over time, you're going to see this rust depending on temperature, the weather, many different scenarios make that product rust.
I have here all the items that you do want to use. This is aluminum, so that can be used in a saltwater environment and will not rust. This is a 316 stainless hex cap screw. This also will not rust and in a saltwater environment. Silicon Bronze, silicon bronze, will not rust. however, it will patina over time. So that is an item that can be used and that's one of the best items that can be used but you may not like the aesthetics of how it's gonna look over time.
A lot of guys use these on a boat and the same thing, as far as a car goes, for these items. And if you're down by the shore, by the beach, these are items that you're gonna want to use on your car that will not rust. If you use 18-8 stainless steel on your car and you live down by the beach, this will show rust over time. You will not be a happy camper.
When you're dealing with rivets, 316 stainless steel rivets are not available. So, you will have to use an aluminum rivet if you don't want to see rust. 18-8 or 303 or 304 stainless rivets will rust over time.
I have here zip ties in 316 stainless. These are awesome for your car or anything that you're attaching in a saltwater environment. These are awesome. They're one of the best items out there to be using in a saltwater environment. You can use vinyl zip ties, however, over time they will crack, and you'll be replacing those. These you will not be replacing.
Also, you should add in some anti-seize MRO marine grade to go along with your saltwater application.
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