Because it is magnetic, tinplate is a great material for wall panelling or for use as a magnet pinboard. Just like the cans you see in the gutter, tinplate will rust when exposed to weathering. The edges, which are not tinned, rust immediately.
Cutting work on these sheets can be done with a shears or a blade. Precise folded edges can be made by scoring first with a blade and then bending the sheets over some kind of straight edge. Because it is tinned, tinplate takes well to soldering. Gluing work can be done with two component adhesives like, for example, those based on EPOXY or CYANOACRYLATE. In model making, adhesives like RUDERER plastic glue and UHU HARD can also be used.
Raw steel will rust very easily and can produce very interesting surfaces as a result. It will rust even faster when the thin coat of grease from the production process is removed by, for example, grain alcohol. Great looking effects can be produced on its surface by means of chemical baths or use of an oven. Sheet steel is galvanised so as to prevent rust forming on it. Along its cut edges the raw steel is not galvanised and this area will therefore tend to rust.
Cutting work on sheet steel with a thickness of up to 1 mm can be done with a METAL SNIPS; thicker sheets must be cut with either electric or hydraulic tools. Raw sheet steel can be welded or brazed. Galvanised sheet steel is difficult to braze and doesn’t take well to welding either.
Gluing work can be done with two component adhesives like, for example, those based on EPOXY or CYANOACRYLATE. In model making, both RUDERER plastic glue and UHU HARD can also be used.
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Unfortunately, lightly scratched surfaces cannot be avoided, especially in the case of custom cut sheet steel.
Furthermore, please note that we can ship the larger tinplates only per forwarding agency, which means that there are higher shipping and handling costs. There is also a minimum order amount of 10 pieces per type of the larger sheets.
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