Are All Zinc Coatings Created Equal?

Zinc is naturally found in elements such as air, water, and soil as well as in plants, animals, and humans. It is the 27th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust and is infinitely recyclable without the loss of its properties, making it a true renewable resource.

Zinc’s ability to protect iron and steel products from corrosion has been known for centuries as the material has been used in construction since the second century. More than 13 million tons of zinc is produced annually worldwide—70 percent of which is from mined ores and the remaining is from recycled sources. More than half of this annual production is used in zinc coatings to protect steel from corrosion.

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Characteristics of Platings, Coatings & Finishes Chart

While we're on the topic of platings (like zinc), we'd like to offer you our downloadable Characteristics of Platings, Coatings & Finishes chart.

Click the image to the right to download a printable PDF version of the chart to use for reference when making decisions about which plating, coating or finish you should use on fasteners for your application.