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  • Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

    Are the stainless steel screws from Lowes and Home Depo ok to use on boats? I know there are different types of stainless and don't know if they are as good as what I would get from a store like West Marine.

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    Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

    Absolutely!

    Welcome to iboats!

    Yes, I purchase my ss screws locally in my hardware stores and have not encountered a problem.

    What are you repairing or building?
    This is a great link to boat specifications http://boatspecs.iboats.com/
    Please, shop iboats first!!

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    • #3
      Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

      I used them on my rub rail recently and wanted to know if I would regret it. I have an 1981 Mako 17 and the screws I pulled were a bit dingy but not rusted. I just redid all the original teak and I want to replace with new screws to accent the work but didn't want to end up with rust spots because I went cheap on a $0.20 part.

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      • #4
        Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

        The s/s screws at Lowes are most likely 304 (18-8) and will be just as serviceable as using the more expensive 318. Suggestion: To avoid bleed (all stainless will rust as it all has iron content) if you're using stainless, you might consider wiping each screw with IPA to clean the production oils from the surface. Mix up some soft tallow and graphite and coat the threads just prior to using. I learned this trick from my dad many years ago and never had a bleed issue. When the screws are all seated, brush the heads with a clear polyurethane to seal...back then we used Spar varnish. It's a bit more trouble, but you seemed concerned with bleed.

        Safe boating....
        Captain Chris

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        • #5
          Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

          rust spots on stainless screws arn't from cheap stainless they are usually from using a steel screwdriver, use a stainless steel screw driver on stainless fasteners then deposits won't be left behind.

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            Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

            Originally posted by riding dirty View Post
            rust spots on stainless screws arn't from cheap stainless they are usually from using a steel screwdriver, use a stainless steel screw driver on stainless fasteners then deposits won't be left behind.
            The man knows of what he speaks !!!!
            Nec aspera terrent

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            • #7
              Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

              Originally posted by riding dirty View Post
              rust spots on stainless screws arn't from cheap stainless they are usually from using a steel screwdriver, use a stainless steel screw driver on stainless fasteners then deposits won't be left behind.
              Agreed 100%
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              • #8
                Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

                Originally posted by marine4003 View Post
                The man knows of what he speaks !!!!
                And on his first ever post also! Welcome to the forum!
                Steve.

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                • #9
                  Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

                  For what it is worth,,,
                  I have used dozens from Lowes(screws and bolts both),, and just a couple from a smaller local HW store.

                  No probelms with the Lowes, some of the locals took rust after 2 weeks. Same tools.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

                    however you can weld mild to stainless and it will hold fine.
                    the mild will rust obviously but not the stainless.
                    lowes here also.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

                      Good advise above.

                      My experience is that the big box store are expensive. See if you have an independent or family run hardware store that sells out of a bin. I have bought quite a few during my restore, and have found this to be very cost effective and can by in number and sizes that I need not pre packaged. The store I use, has small brown paper bags and pens at the bins. Just count out the number and price on the bin and write on the bag.

                      No rust on the 35 year old SS screws or the ones I bought in saltwater use all its life.

                      Mike

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                      • #12
                        Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

                        There ARE different types of stainless steel. It can get kind of technical, but chances are you will be OK. Try picking one up with a magnet. If it picks up, it has a higher iron content and may rust or discolor your teak. However, that can be fixed if it is passivated. Now we are getting technical again.

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                            Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

                            +1

                            Agree with everything written. I would NOT use Lowe's/HD stainless on my boat due to the fact that I boat in salt water. Before I knew better, I bought a cheap swim platform for my last boat. After one season there were rust stains all over the place from the fasteners. When I buy stainless anything now I look for indications that it's "316". And yes, it's pricey. The stainless cupholders I mounted on my current boat were 3 times the price of the "cheapies".

                            (you lake boaters have it made )
                            John and Linda
                            Long Island, NY
                            Escapade III
                            1992 Carver 26 Command Bridge
                            Twin Merc Alpha 4.3 'Gen +'

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                              Re: Lowes stainless steel screws ok for boats?

                              My local HD and Lowes has both 304 and 316 type SS fasteners.
                              But I still go to a mom and pop hardware store.
                              One that has a bit of everything all over the place, obviously never inventoried as to do so would be freaking nightmare.

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