Stainless steel is so named because it is corrosion resistant; it is a term used to define steels that are very resistant to tarnishing and rusting. In stainless steel, there is a high percentage of chromium that helps form a thin chromium oxide layer that prevents corrosion.
Many people use stainless steel because of its resistance to corroding elements. Even if the surface of your project is damaged, the chromium will react with oxygen to create a new protective layer that resists rust and corrosion.
Can stainless steel rust? While for the most part stainless steel resists rust and corrosion, if the stainless steel is not sufficiently alloyed for the environment, it cannot maintain the thin layer that helps prevent corrosion. However, stainless steel is more resistant to rust and other corrosive materials than many metals. If chosen probably your stainless steel fastening solutions should last you a long time and they should fight off corrosion.
If you are looking to replace your current fasteners or you are curious about whether stainless steel would be a good choice in your next project, contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com. We are happy to help answer your questions and find you a fastening solution that works well with your current project.
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