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Is there any easy way for me to see if something is made from regular steel or galvanized steel?

I'm having some galvanized steel bases installed at my apartment, but I want to make sure it's actual galvanized and not regular steel or steel with a coat of rustproof paint, etc.

Thanks.

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Galvanised steel has a distinctive "spangled" appearance. The crystalline structure of the Zinc is visible.

Spangle

There are two main types

  • hot-dip galvanised
  • electrogalvanised (electroplated zinc)

You can often tell if something has been hot-dip galvanised. It looks like a thicker coating is present. This is better.

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