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Galvanized metal is just a form of steel with a thin outer coating
of zinc oxide. The zinc protects the steel from elements that would
otherwise cause oxidation, corrosion (rusting) and the eventual
weakening of the steel. The way in which the zinc coating is applied
to steel gives galvanized buckets their shiny or texture finish.
Shiny finish galvanized buckets are of the same functional quality
as the textured (hot-dipped styles) but are traditionally perceived
as the more expensive choice.
The special quality of galvanized steel is all of the energy and
emissions spent in the lifecycle of this product are isolated its
production. Hot-dip galvanized steel’s maintenance-free
performance means no wasted energy or emission created
on upkeep. For 70+ years, galvanized steel will often remain maintenance
free – no raw material or energy expended, no carbon footprint
extending beyond the production phase.
According to writers at galvanizeit.org, "The true beauty
and sustainability of incorporating hot-dip galvanized steel (HDG)
into transportation infrastructure is there really is no ‘end-of-life,’
only a return to production – cradle-to-cradle, rather than
cradle-to-grave. At the end of its useful life, galvanized steel
elements can be recycled into structural steel for construction
of new infrastructure or other applications and the zinc captured
for reuse in new galvanized coatings." (1)
Electro galvanized (electroplated) coatings are created by applying
zinc to steel sheet and strip by electro deposition. The coating
thickness is less than the hot dipped process but provides a smoother
finish. When slit or cut the steel edges under the zinc remain exposed,
bare and threatened by corrosion. White rust or the product of zinc
reacting with atmospheric oxygen and water does not occur on the
smoothly finished galvanized steel buckets.
Hot dipped galvanized buckets are made durable from steel immersed
in a bath of molten zinc. Pure zinc (Zn) reacts with atmospheric
oxygen (O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) to form zinc carbonate (ZnCO3),
a usually dull gray, fairly strong material that prevents corrosion.The
zinc-iron alloy layers are metallurgically bonded to the steel and
become an integral part of the steel rather than just a surface
coating. Offering excellent abrasion resistance are the harder than
the base steel and tightly bonded (3,600 psi) intermetallic layers.
even if the durable intermetallic layers of the hot-dip galvanized
coating are damaged (up to ¼” in diameter) adjacent
zinc will sacrificially protect the exposed steel until all of the
surrounding zinc is consumed.
Hot dipped buckets are less uniform for a rustic look most fitting
for traditional farming and agriculture practices. Exposure to water
over time will cause these buckets to oxidize with "white rust".
Most commonly batch hot-dip galvanizing is used in atmospherically
exposed steel; however, it is also used in fresh and salt water
applications, buried in the soil, embedded in concrete, and much
The condition or symptom of hot dipped galvanized metal being exposed
to weathering elements is known as white rust. White rust happens
in instances when a galvanized container is left outside, or is
stored in a closely packed, damp or poorly ventilated manner. White
rust is a normal characteristic of aged galvanized metal representative
of their environment.
Under normal conditions the zinc surface will react with the surrounding
air forming a thin, hard protective layer, known as “white
rust”. Whenever white rust is found on galvanized materials,
it usually is not found is a significant amount to dangerous to
the zinc coating. White rust appears with time and weathering but
if the galvanized coating is damaged, it can be problematic. Damage
to the zinc coating is unlikely, even when outside in temperate
regions, throughout the bucket’s or tub’s lifetime.
White rust does not indicate one should worry about the zinc coating
or the life span of your galvanized metal bucket or tub. If the product
has a black color, the zinc coating has been compromised one should
consider replacing the product, or have the item re-galvanized.
You can avoid damaging white rust by storing your galvanized bucket
or tub or trough to ensure the surface receives adequate airflow,
can’t retain water and can dry properly (if water may be present).
There are several ways to make a brand new galvanized piece look
like it has been around for a while. Determining on what look you
are looking for, depends on what technique you choose. Check out
the info graphic below to see the science of the corrosion reaction.
If the idea is to remove the shiny look and go for a dull, weathered
finish: Try Vinegar! Take the galvanized product and scuff it up
sandpaper, steel wool or whatever abrasive you have handy. Submerge
the product in vinegar. If the piece to be dulled is too large to
be submerged, put the vinegar in a spray bottle, or soak paper towels
in vinegar and lay them on the galvanized metal. If using the paper
towel method, make sure to replace the vinegar as it dries to get
the desired effect. If the metal still doesn’t oxidize, try
scrubbing with the abrasive again and repeating the process.
After soaking a new galvanized metal bucket in vinegar FOR ONLY
30 MINUTES, the photo above shows what it looks like.
If you are looking for a more distressed look, try toilet bowl
cleaner. Use steel wool to rough-up the finish to allow the chemical
to tarnish the metal. Using disposable gloves spray the galvanized
product liberally and scrub again with the steel wool. Let the product
sit for about half an hour or until the desired look is obtained.
Rinse the product to halt the corrosion process. Please dispose
this water responsibly.
We tied the bucket inside a bag for 30 minutes. The photo on the
right shows what the galvanized metal buckets looks like distressed
with toilet cleaner.
If chemical weathering isn't your cup of tea, try using a painting
method instead. Using either gray or white paint to give the bucket
a weathered look is an excellent idea. Using sandpaper, buff the
galvanized product to remove the sheen and then remove the remaining
dust with a cloth. With a small amount of paint on your paintbrush,
smear a light coat all over the surface of the galvanized product
and then rub the paint with a balled up newspaper. This will give
the appearance of aged white rust.
Another time tested method is to distress the metal by denting.
Aesthetically placed dents give the product a one of a kind look
that shows a rustic, rugged style. Nuts, bolts or even wood that
are strategically placed wherever the dent is to be located. Place
the bucket on its side (if that is where you would like the dent),
and simply press down onto the bucket.
Aging galvanized products is not a hard process, but the treasures
that the process creates are well worth the effort. Never has the
procedure been so simple using just normal, everyday products. Enjoy!