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Should 304 Stainless Steel Stain/Rust?

10/29/2012 6:29 AM

I brought a very expensive stainless steel outdoor setting I was told it is the highest grade stainless steel (304 it came out of China) within 3 months it started to stain and looks like rust, I have cleaned it several times but it keeps staining so severely I cannot use it for purpose. I live in Australia near the ocean front, I have another stainless steel chair and have had it for 2 years without any problem of staining. I am in court with the company and was told to get expert opinion.

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Re: should 304 stainless steel stain/rust?

10/29/2012 6:51 AM

Well do that, then, instead of frolicking on CR4, especially if the evidence is needed in court.

According to this:

http://www.coleparmer.com/Chemical-Resistance

the resistance of 304 to seawater is "C-fair", so one might expect some attack as stated. One would ordinarily use plastics or GRP in contact with seawater, although naval brass is sometimes used for process equipment.

What material is the other furniture made of?

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10/29/2012 6:59 AM

This is from a description of the properties of SS304 I found on the 'net:

"Applications: beer kegs, bellows, chemical equipment, coal hopper linings, cooking equipment, cooling coils, cryogenic vessels, dairy equipment, evaporators, flatware utensils, feedwater tubing, flexible metal hose, food processing equipment, hospital surgical equipment, hypodermic needles, kitchen sinks, marine equipment and fasteners, nuclear vessels, oil well filter screens, refrigeration equipment, paper industry, pots and pans, pressure vessels, sanitary fittings, valves, shipping drums, spinning, still tubes, textile dyeing equipment, tubing.

Corrosion Resistance: resists most oxidizing acids and salt spray. "

If your outdoor setting was the real thing, it should do a lot better than 3 months! Problem is, no court is going to take my word for it.

Try a search for "SS304 properties" and see if you can find a company with enough clout to give an authentic "expert opinion" in a letter. It may cost.

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10/29/2012 7:00 AM

"I was told it is the highest grade stainless steel (304 it came out of China)"

That is funny!

Look at the bottom of this link for corrosion resistance of various stainless steels.

304 ranks nearer the bottom for resistance.

Stainless has a large number of varieties and they all contain various amounts of iron. The more iron, the more they may rust.

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10/29/2012 7:07 AM

Among stainless steels 304 isn't great at resisting corrosion salty environments such as those found in coastal areas. For salty environments, alloys like 316 or 317 would be much more resistant to corrosion.

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Surface finish can have a large effect on corrosion rates as well. Smooth finishes tend to be more resistance to corrosion than brushed, or other more textured surfaces. There are other factors that can affect resistance to corrosion that concern surface treatments, but these won't be readily apparent to an end consumer.

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Washing frequently can help to improve resistance to corrosion....so long as the washing process doesn't introduce anything that exacerbates the problem mechanically or chemically.

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While corrosion in salty coastal environments is not surprising, occurring within 3 months does seem a little quick. Have you take pictures? Perhaps you could post the pictures here so that we might take a closer look? If not try to give a detailed description of what the corrosion looks like and how it develops.

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Re: should 304 stainless steel stain/rust?

10/30/2012 8:48 AM

Unless they used a carbon steel tools to cut or polish and welded using non SS rods...

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10/29/2012 7:34 AM

Nothing you get here will be admissible in any court, anywhere in the world.

There could be any number of reasons the corrosion resistant steel you have is rusting.

Notice, I used the proper term for this metal. It is not stainLESS steel. It is steel that RESISTS corrosion.

Do not clean the grill with any metals that contain iron. That includes steel wool and regular wire brushes.

Get some Scotch-Brite and use it. (Not an endorsement)

Chalk it up to experience.

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10/29/2012 9:05 AM

I agree with the others. We use 302 Steel on our exhaust systems - they cope with UK road salt conditions. However, if we are making units for use in maritime areas (ports, docks and the like) we specifiy 316 grade steel.

The other thing to look at is heat. How hot has your steel got? We found that heating 304 steel with salt removed pretty much all of its corrosion resistance properties.

You may find that your other furniture has been galvanised or laquered.

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10/30/2012 8:40 AM

Note to self: proof read before posting. That "302" should read "304"..... I'm blaming the arthritis!

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10/29/2012 9:25 AM

It will start rusting on spots not exposed to oxygen, so the passivation layer will be disrupted.

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10/29/2012 9:56 AM

We use 303/304 ss in pumps. It is probably the lowest grade that can still be called Stainless Steel. It is considerably cheaper than 316ss, which is why we use it. It is often used in food/beverage equipment where requirements are sanitary, not corrosion resistance. But in applications where there is a risk of corrosion, especially chloride attack, we use 316ss or better. There are also those who question the composition of Chinese stainless steels.

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10/29/2012 10:12 AM

If you do not get satisfaction in court, you can try either of the following:

Passivation - look for an electro-plater with large enough tanks for your equipment. This is essentially dipping it in acid, so you will need to disassemble any pieces incompatible with the acid.

Powder coat - there are very durable clear powder coatings that will last a long time in ocean air. Once again, you will have to disassemble pieces that do not get coated.

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10/29/2012 10:19 AM

You still need to get an experts opinion no matter what is said here. Stainless steel comes in many grades. So to say it's the highest grade depends on the use of the stainless steel. You may want to have your expert have a sample of the steel tested to make sure it meets the 304 standard for content.

I find the best court in things like this is the court of public opinion. No retailer likes bad publicity. I can hurt their sales. You may want try that avenue with the retailer.

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10/29/2012 1:59 PM

First thing is, you'll have to talk to a licensed metallurgist for an expert opinion.

is the base metal staining, or is it staining on the weld joints?

Also a quick check, put a magnet to it the problem items and the items that are not a problem, if it attracts, it could be a lower grade of stainless.

Then document it.

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10/29/2012 2:02 PM

Rule of thumb, if you can stick a magnet to it anyplace, don't buy it...

https://bbq.about.com/od/gasgrills/a/aa052706a.htm

Best advice, go with a Weber...

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10/29/2012 10:19 PM

You have a couple of legal hurdles here that need to be clarified for success in court.

  • Is this metal actually 304 Stainless Steel?
  • Does your documentation state that this "setting" is 304 Stainless Steel or is this what a salesman said?
  • Is the discoloration from rust or a coating (algae?) on the metal?
  • Who determined that 304 Stainless Steel was suitable for your location?

All of these questions must be answered by an impartial authority (CR4 is not an authority) willing to sign their name and reputation to your lawsuit. With the exception of the documentation you already have, expect to pay someone for their services.

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10/29/2012 10:30 PM

I was working in China for a number of years in the food equipment business. We had some 304 panels developing rust spots and it was tracked down to the mill rolling the sheets with equipment also used for carbon steels. Lyn alluded to the problem: don't use regular steel on stainless steel. The carbon steel imbeds in the stainless causing corrosion sites. Have no clue how you would track that down but trust me anything is possible in China.

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10/29/2012 10:49 PM

I believe you answered your own question. Made in China.

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10/29/2012 11:04 PM

First, 304 stainless is NOT the highest grade. 316 Stainless is much better. 304 has a high carbon content, and contrary to popular belief it will bleed rust. Being made in China brings into question if it is even 304, at least in terms of the recipe used to make it. With Chinese goods, it brings back issues we experienced in the 1950's, junk sold at a low price to gain market share, that the Japanese employed, later, the initial market breakers from the Koreans. Both are now market setters, and deliver high quality products. I fail to see any positive movement with Chinese goods. I personally will not weld or machine Chinese steel. Its kind of like a box of chocolates, you never know what you will get, to borrow a famous line.

Salt air from the ocean may very well be a contributing factor. You have some excellent metalurgists in your country. They are indeed the experts.

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10/30/2012 2:29 AM

agree it should be 316 for outdoors.

for a court matter the smart thing is to pay for a spectroscopic analysis of the material

foundries and labs charge around $ 80 - 120 for a spectro test , and ask them for a printout and a letter stating what it showed

if their report says it has lower levels of chromium or nickel than what 316 or 304 are supposed to have , then you win in court , the dealer who sold them is liable for the product if they sold it as stainless steel " xxx grade "

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10/29/2012 11:17 PM

Where are you in Aus? If you contact your nearest university with an engineering department (eg USyd, UTS, Newcastle etc) you will probably be able to get an expert opinion - academics do a lot of that sort of thing. You'll have to pay - but if it's just a letter saying "this is not 304 SS" or "SS304 should not have been suggested for this location" it may not cost you too much - whether it's worth it depends on what you mean by a "very expensive outdoor setting". Good luck...

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10/29/2012 11:38 PM

Better still you should be using 316L, not just 316, low Carbon 316L, for furniture where I assume there are a lot of welds, intergranular corrosion can play havoc.

But ofcourse, it costs more that twice 304 does atleast in India.

If you need expert opinion, ask a steel manufacturer to send you their areas of 'best applications'. I don't think any manufacturer would want rusted steel and a lawsuit on their hands.

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10/29/2012 11:45 PM

I don´t think you will have any chance in court.

"I brought a very expensive stainless steel outdoor setting I was told it is the highest grade stainless steel"

The description of the product is very clear "stain less" not "no stain" steel.

Often you find the answer in the question!

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10/30/2012 1:24 AM

Probably the best place to start in Aus is Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA) http://www.assda.asn.au/

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10/31/2012 1:00 AM

Seeing some of the other posts reminded me of goods needing to be fit for purpose. Here's the NSW Fair Trading link and information. There should be something in your state and plenty more if you Google.

http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/Businesses/Selling_goods_and_services/Consumer_guarantees/Fit_for_purpose_guarantee.html - sorry, link no longer available

Fit for purpose guarantee

Consumer guarantees

As a supplier, you guarantee that goods will be reasonably fit for any purpose that you or the consumer specify - the goods will do the job the consumer was told they would.

This guarantee does not apply to goods bought at auction.

Supplier specifies purpose of goods

You guarantee that goods will be reasonably fit for any purpose that you told the consumer the goods would be fit for. For example a keen diver buys a watch, which the supplier says will be suitable for diving. A couple of weeks later, she goes for her first dive wearing the new watch, only to surface and see the dial filled with water. She would have the right to a remedy from the supplier.

Consumer specifies purpose of goods

A consumer might want goods to do a specific job or achieve a specific purpose, different from the normal use or purpose of those goods.

You guarantee that goods will be fit for such a special job or purpose if the consumer, before buying the goods:

· expressly or implicitly told you what they wanted to use the goods for, and

· relied on your knowledge or expertise when deciding whether the goods were suitable for that use or purpose.

For example a consumer tells a car dealer that he wants a car capable of towing his boat. The dealer sells him a car that the dealer says will do that job. The car's normal purpose is to transport people but, as the consumer has told the dealer that he wants to use the car to tow a boat, then the car must be able to do so.

For example, a consumer buys a middle-of-the range lawnmower, but does not mention to the supplier that she wants to use it to mow four hectares of land each week. Because she did not disclose her intended purpose, the lawnmower would only be expected to mow the lawn of an ordinary suburban house for several years without any significant problems. She cannot claim the lawnmower is not fit for purpose.

This guarantee does not apply when

This guarantee does not apply if you can show that:

· the consumer did not rely on your skill or judgment when buying the goods

· under the circumstances, it was unreasonable for the consumer to have relied on your skill or judgment (or lack of it).

For example a consumer tells a fellow customer at a discount department store that he wants a television capable of showing all available digital channels. The other customer tells the consumer that a particular television "looks like one my dad bought, which I think does what you want". After buying the television, the consumer discovers that it is analogue and will not capture digital signals. The consumer did not rely on the supplier when buying the goods, so is not entitled to a refund or exchange.

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10/31/2012 7:38 AM

Well said!

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10/31/2012 7:46 AM

best response so far.

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10/30/2012 5:59 AM

I am a one-time Marine Engineer, with about 30-40 years of experience as expert witness on, inter alia, corrosion. I would not be able to give evidence that 304 should not rust at all in a marine environment, Apologies.

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10/30/2012 7:28 AM

Some of the replies here are very good, but, It comes down to:

  • what your costs are,
  • what your loss is,
  • and how much are you willing to spend to correct it,

You don't have very good options or alternatives.

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10/30/2012 8:59 AM

I agree with P911.

Are we not speaking of a set of patio furniture? OP tells us expensive, but this can be a very relative term. How far in court would any of you pursue someone just to teach him some sort of a lesson?

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10/30/2012 11:16 AM

I assume that the OP's first options were try to get a replacement, request that was surely dismissed, this brought things to the next level, but the OP didn't quit, so things got really nasty.

Now I think she has not many options but stand still, search for a competent lawyer and seek to get paid not only for the furniture, but all of the trouble and expenses she's being thru; otherwise her sense of loss will be much greater and devastating for her self-steem.

Certainly, not a situation I would envy. I sincerely wish her the best luck.

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10/30/2012 11:55 AM

search for a competent lawyer and seek to get paid not only for the furniture, but all of the trouble and expenses she's being thru;

Getting $hellacked by the attorney is not always a good choice.

otherwise her sense of loss will be much greater and devastating for her self-steem.

imo, sometimes your worse experience is sometimes your best, though it may not seem that way at the time. in this case, its a learning experience. And you keep your money you have left.

There is not a good solution here.

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10/30/2012 12:08 PM

Agreed, which is why I listed my collection of legal questions that need to be proven for a court action to have a chance to be in her favor. Everything will hinge on her documentation about what she was sold, what she actually obtained and how resistant to rusting the grade of steel she was offered should be. From the responses so far, 304 stainless steel is more resistant to sea water than many steel alloys but not as resistant as most grades of stainless steel.

This is an ancient legal problem with its own Latin phrase, Caveat Emptor. She was told that this merchandise was fabricated with a specific alloy of steel (something rarely done to a consumer). Unless she can prove that she was told this was suitable material for a sea water environment by the seller she assumes all liability for this application.

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10/30/2012 12:31 PM

....alternately she might try to prove that the material used does not meet the standards necessary to rightly be called 304 SS.

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10/30/2012 2:24 PM

The whole case really depends on what the seller/manufacture claimed or guaranteed for their product and services and if the buyer used the furniture as designed by the seller/manufacture.

Also, local consumer laws may apply. The problem began less than 3 months after the product was placed into service. There may be a lemon law or equivalent that applies.

I do not know the case, but it seems odd to attempt to hinge the case on the type of material the furniture is made out of. Either it functions as advertised/claimed by the seller/manufacture or it does not.

In that instance it would seem to be a case where the buyer needs to demonstrate that the furniture has been used in the way it was designed and not abused and has failed within its warranty period.

In the US the burden of proof for that is simply a preponderance of evidence.

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10/30/2012 4:08 PM

'...seems odd to attempt to hinge the case on the type of material...'

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It isn't the least bit odd.

That the buyer agreed to buy a product made of 304, can be inferred from the OP. If the product delivered is not made of 304, then the seller did not deliver what the buyer purchased. If that can be established, the case is clear cut, and a judgement for remediation would be expected from a reasonable court.

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10/30/2012 7:06 PM

Even if it was 304, 304 does not have very much corrosive resilience. In fact, it is one of the poorer stainless steels.

However, if the product was mislabeled, that would be grounds for a case. Odds are better than 50% that any other stainless steel would not corrode so easily. :)

It still boils down to what the claim of the manufacture/seller is for this product.

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10/31/2012 1:41 AM

'....It still boils down to what the claim of the manufacture/seller is for this product.....'

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You are tilting against windmills my friend. Look, you are protesting a comment that is actually fully aligned with the concluding statement of your argument.

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The only information we have concerning claims by the seller/manufacturer is the statement in the OP that the seller told the buyer that the material was 304 and that 304 was the best stainless.

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My comment was in reference to the comment by Redfred that included:

'....Unless she can prove that she was told this was suitable material for a sea water environment by the seller she assumes all liability for this application.....'

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...which goes to the 'best stainless' part of the implied claim.

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My comment was simply notes that the other seller's claim (the product is 304) is a much more definitive claim (than '304 is the best' or alternately 'suitable for her application').

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I noted early in the discussion (in comment #3 or #4?) 304's low resistance to corrosion in salt spray environments. But it doesn't really matter if it turns out the material isn't within spec for 304. If it isn't 304, it becomes a much more clear case.

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You really have taken this one comment out of context... read the discussion up to that point.

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Got it. Thanks.

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10/30/2012 8:28 AM

I am selling T-shirts that say "YOU CAN'T SUE CHINA"..You want one??

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Who is Sue China?

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She is in charge of Quality Control in Beijing...

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Hahaha!

That's a good one

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10/30/2012 8:33 AM

Yes it will rust, especially if contaminated. We build tanks and filter housings of 304 and 316 ss where I work and a standard test is the salt spray corrosion test. The ss products should hold up for 48 hours under a mild salt spray at elevated temperatures, but beyond that...

And we also may never use a standard carbon steel tool on the ss we are using as the iron left on the surface will rust. Nitric acid at 40% for 1/2 hour will remove that. Be very careful of this as it is rated at least 3 on an HMIS Health scale.

Also, ss from questionable sources can have contaminants in it. We also have an electropolishing operation where I work and about 5 years ago began to get large amounts of copper in our acids and extreme pitting of the ss tubing we were electropolishing. (copper levels above and way beyond expected from our copper cahtodes) Turned out the tubing was made in Korea and had excessive amounts of copper in it and that was being drawn out by the process. We thought they had a pretty good product until then.

Could it be your 304 has a lot of "free iron" on the surface from handling or is just a poor quality steel?

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"Nitric acid at 40% for 1/2 hour will remove that. Be very careful of this as it is rated at least 3 on an HMIS Health scale."

"Be very careful" -- don't be "careful" -- don't do it at all without knowing all necessary to work with the hazardous substances and without the paper that proofs you can do so.

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10/30/2012 8:52 AM

Type 304 should be non magnetic. If yours is magnetic it is not 304.

Chlorine (salt water) in any form attacks the lower grades of stainless of which 304 is. The Chromium in 304 combines with the oxygen in the air creating a corrosion resistant barrier much like paint protects steel. Chlorine reacts with the chrome oxide destroying this barrier exposing the steel which will rust similiar to scratching the paint on painted steel. This process is irreversible. As another post said re-passivisation can be done but this is by soaking in nitric acid at warm temperatures. This will probably cost more that the cost of the furniture The best friend of stainless is washing with soap and water and rinsing well.

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Type 304 should be non magnetic. If yours is magnetic it is not 304. Are there standards or documentation which corroborates that 304 should not be magnetic. Thank you for your help.

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11/01/2012 9:26 AM

Should is the operative word.

Cold forming or work hardening of 304 can induce a magnetic attribute to the metal.

Stress relieving (heating to about 700°C) can return 304 to a non-magnetic state. The trick is we do not know if the metal was work hardened or subsequently stress relieved.

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10/30/2012 9:33 AM

Take the material to a certified outside lab and pay for a XRF PMI.

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10/30/2012 10:13 AM

There's no such material as "Stainless" Steel...316 is probably the best...I had Type 304 boat fittings and I would periodically polish them and put on a coat of wax...Stainless Steel develops an oxide coating on the surface which gives turns into a corrosion resistant surface...if there are any impurities in the material you will see signs or rust. I used Type 316 for bio-medical and food service products and we would have the surfaces electropolished for a longer lasting finish.

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10/30/2012 10:59 AM

I didn't have time to read all the posts, so this may have been covered. Is there any "normal" steel component above the SS that could be dripping on it and thus staining it? The run-off from other parts could easily carry and deposit stain particles.

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10/30/2012 12:50 PM

At the risk of beating this dead horse further into the ground, did you contact the person who claimed this was "the highest grade stainless"?

Sounds like false advertising, to me.

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10/30/2012 2:13 PM

In my experience, anything coming out of China is suspect as far as quality and content are concerned. Just remember the Melamine in dog food.

Unfortunately the consumer demand for cheaper cost products has forced most manufacturing to China. It is difficult to find what you want, that is not made in China.

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10/30/2012 8:51 PM

As others have mentioned previously, s.s. 304 from China is not of the best quality due to their somewhat inferior nominal chenical composition quality control and manufacturing standards.

The highest grade of stainless steel is (Duplex) and used mainly in specialised fields in desalination. 304 is not marine grade and does rust as it has magnetic properties that attracts some dissolved solids in water. (316 is marine grade and has greater resistance to salt ingression)

If he told you it was the highest grade of stainless steel, then, that is a lie in itself.

It is common that all mass produced items for the consumer market are made of "cheap as chips" components or materials.

It would not be worth the cost of you getting the material tested or verified as 304 or lesser grade.

If you asked for the highest grade or marine grade stainless steel and he supplied you 304, he has lied and misrepresented the product.

Hope this helps.

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10/31/2012 2:09 AM

Just as a note, 304 is typically only exhibits ferromagnetism if it hasn't been effectively stress relieved following cold working. The magnetism is due to the stress induced formation of martensite which results not only in ferromagnetic behavior, but also a marked decrease in corrosion resistance.

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11/03/2012 4:56 AM

Dear Katie B

Kidly , analyse the alloy for harmful elements present eg-sulpher phosporus etc, then you can take up matter with the manufacturer as a alloy ss 304 is a good corrosion resistant

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08/01/2013 6:11 AM

Just to add to the personal experience problem . the new stainless lookalike products that we have purchased recently, manafactured in China have been very secondary in performance compared to stainless products purchased 10 years ago ,also carbon steels we have recently purchased eg small motors manafactured in China also we have found wanting. Hence our nick names-carbon stainless and plastic steel, quite often the most tensile strength is found in the chrome surrounding the product and the material underneath quite often proves un weldable.

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