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How to tell zink coated or galvanised steel from stainless…

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How to tell zink coated or galvanised steel from stainless steel?
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Easiest way is to check with a magnet. All but the cheapest grade of stainless are not magnetic. Galvy is very magnetic.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I can't tell the degree of magnetic, such as very or moderate. And there is not reference point. If I use magnet to test my stainless steel cookware and a stainless steel hook and one is more magnetic than the other I still can't make sure if the more magnetic one will definitely be zink coated. Maybe just a difference in quality of stainless steel.Any clue in visual appearance that cab hell me determine if my metal is zink coated?

Galvy is a dull gray, stainless is more shiny and has a distinctive nickel color (like the nickels in your spare change).

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Is there any exception to the dullness of zink coated steel? The steel in the link below seems to have some shine still.https://www.google.com.sg/search?q=zinc+coated+steel&client=firefox-b&dcr=0&hl=en&prmd=ivns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi4hvz4sPjZAhULvY8KHfnlAR8Q_AUIBigB#mhpiv=8&spf=1521462352550

When it's new galvanized sheet metal can be somewhat shiny but you'll notice a sort of flake pattern to the finish. As it ages it gets dull, stainless much less so if at all. Like I said before stainless is the color of a nickel. Galvanized piping is never shiny and stainless steel pipes are never used in a residential setting.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I'm concerned about hooks used in my bird toys. How about watches and key rings?

Watches generally are stainless. I have no idea what bird toys or keys may be made of. You asked how to identify galvanized vs. stainless. I answered that question is a great deal of detail. I can't speculate on what random products are made of. I'd appreciate a favorable rating.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Does zink coated steel rust? What will it look like when rusted?

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I didn't say it was stainless. This has progressed far beyond the original topic. If you have more questions please start a new question thread.

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