Surface Treatments

Surface treatments can be applied to give the product a nicer finish or to make it more manageable, although it is usually applied to protect against corrosion.

Corrosion is a chemical reaction that leads to the destruction of a material from the surface inwards. This process can render a material unsuitable for its purpose. Corrosion is most commonly caused by an (electro)chemical and/or mechanical disintegration. When choosing a surface treatment, it is important to take into account the environment in which fastening articles are going to be used. There are a number of fastening products made from non-ferrous metal or high-grade steel (stainless steel) that can be selected instead of a product with a surface treatment.

Various coatings are available, i.e.:

  • Metallic(good protection, including hot dip / zinc plated and cadmium)
    · Organic (extremely high protection, no hydrogen embrittlement, i.e. PTFE)
    · Non-metallic (very low protection, i.e. phosphatising)

The metallic coatings can be applied in several different ways, i.e.:  

  • Galvanised(immersed in a bath and by precipitating the metal layer with alternating current, i.e. electrolytic zinc plating).
    · From the melting phase (molten bath immersion and centrifugation, i.e. hot dip galvanising)
    · By means of diffusion (tumbling with zinc dust, i.e. sherardising)
    · Mechanical (tumbling until zinc has bonded, i.e. mechanical zinc plating)

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