Marine hardware consists of all the woodworking, dock accessories, lighting brackets, oarlocks, and other components that boats are comprised of. This includes brass fittings and shackles, and rigging hardware made up of different types brass, steel, chrome, and even black nylon. Whether you’re working in the marine industry or own a boat yourself, your equipment can take a beating. This includes damage from corrosion enabled by salt water, or UV Rays that are strong enough to break chemical bonds.
The sun radiates energy in a range of wavelengths, most of which are invisible to the human eye. The shorter the wavelength is, the more energetic the radiation, which equates to more potential for harm. UV radiation has played important roles in our environment, affecting almost all living organisms. Humans are susceptible to sunburns and underlying sun damage created by these UV rays, and should take proper precautions; the same can be said for your marine equipment. Without proper care and maintenance, the sun can cause damage that may go unnoticed for some time.
UV radiation exposure can lead to damage on your surface equipment, and on your fastening equipment such as nuts and bolts. In addition, radiation exposure often enhances boat corrosion. UV stabilizers can aid in the prevention against UV radiation. Stabilizers can disseminate the rays into low heat across a surface area. It is crucial to select capable fasteners that can withstand high amounts of direct sunlight.
Marine fasteners can include screws, washers, nails, nuts, bolts, and rivets. There may be several different types of fasteners that are right for the function you intend it to have. Consider its purpose first, and aesthetics later. The general consensus is that stainless steel is the best all-around fastener material. Stainless steel offers superb corrosion resistance at an economically friendly price. All bolts, screws, washers and nuts should be marine stainless— one of the strongest and most corrosion-resistant marine metals. Avoid brass or aluminum for fittings underwater - they aren’t constructed with a suitable amount of corrosion resistance.
Most marine aluminum is made with a corrosion-resistant surface treatment; however, it is easily scratched. Salt can gain a foothold within a scratch that leads to pitting. Aluminum should be cleaned and polished to eliminate any opportunities for corrosion.
Protecting your marine equipment from UV rays and corrosion can prove to be beneficial in extending the longevity of your equipment.
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