Art and Sculpture

Specified for Corrosion Protection

Hot-dip galvanizing is most often thought of as a coating specified for corrosion protection.  However, the natural, metallic finish of the coating can also be a visual enhancement. 

Aesthetics are Important

Numerous artists and designers specify hot-dip galvanizing to protect their creations from corrosion.

Aesthetics are important to nearly every construction project, but especially on artistic sculptures, façades, and other visual elements.  More and more designers are turning to hot-dip galvanized steel for their projects because of the natural weathering properties galvanizing provides. 

Uniform Appearance

Regardless of the initial appearance, all galvanized steel parts will take on a uniform matte grey appearance upon exposure to the environment, typically within six months to two years. As the coating is exposed to natural wet/dry cycles, it develops a protective zinc patina; the result is a soft grey appearance – evening out any differences in appearance that may have existed originally.

The uniform appearance remains consistent – preserving the artist’s vision for decades.


Hot dip galvanized steel will last very well in most environments. It is not uncommon for galvanized steel to last more than 70 years under certain conditions. Latest corrosion rates can be found at the Galvanizers Association

The three intermetallic layers that form during the galvanizing process are all harder than the substrate steel and have excellent abrasion resistance.

“White Rust”, or wet storage stain, is formed because zinc on newly-galvanized steel is very reactive and quickly forms zinc oxide and zinc hydroxide corrosion products that go on to become the stable zinc carbonate.
When galvanized steel is stacked damp, stored in wet boxes or shrink wrapped with no free-flowing air, the zinc forms excessive layers of zinc hydroxide, otherwise known as wet storage stain.
Most wet storage stain can be easily removed with a nylon brush. To prevent wet storage stain, store galvanized steel indoors and in such a way to allow free-flowing air between each galvanized item.


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