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Uses For Pickled and Oiled Steel

Uses For Pickled and Oiled Steel

When it comes to pickled and oiled steel, Detroit Nipple Works has the supply you need. From Stainless steel to gas cylinders there is a variety of uses for this type of steel. No matter what you are looking for, Detroit Nipple Works extensive inventory has you covered. 

What Is The Pickled Process?

Pickling is a process that cleans the surface of metal after it is formed. An acid is used to clean the metal, this acid is known as pickling liquor. The pickling process starts with a rinse of a special solution to remove debris and dirt from the metal. After the rinse, the metal is placed in a pickle liquor bath. This acid will remove any impurities on the metal. Once the time limit is reached the metal is removed from the bath. Also, a final rinse is then given to the metal. 

Oiling Metal

Oiling is the oxidation prevention process and is done right after the last rinse. The oil helps preserve the metal and prevent corrosion and rust. Also, the oil remains on the metal until it is ready for use. When it comes to pickled and oiled metal there are a variety of uses for it. Uses such as:

  • gas cylinders
  • shelving
  • racking
  • guardrails
  • light poles

Pickled and Oiled Steel

With pickled steel, you get a clean and good aesthetic for your metal. Pickled steel is always a popular choice for clean debris steel. At Detroit Nipple Works we provide a large selection of steels, pickled or not. In addition, we have the largest selection of metal nipples in the country. Finally, give us a call at 313.872.6370 or use our contact form today. 

Pickling Carbon Steel pipe or Stainless Steel

Pickling Carbon Steel pipe or Stainless Steel

Pickling carbon steel pipe is a very caustic process. A pickling reservoir is essentially a pure acid bath that will strip everything off the steel. Also, any foreign matter, rust, grease, oil, everything. The pickling process is so harmful that it is not allowed in any Metro Detroit plant and pickling facilities are strictly regulated in areas where it is allowed. It is so caustic that any building housing the pickling reservoir will be literally destroyed within 30 years. Environmentally safe, our pickled carbon steel pipe or stainless steel comes directly from the mill.

Pickling Carbon Steel and Oiling Process

Part of the carbon steel pickling process is to coat the steel in a light oil after stripping it bare. This has to be done immediately or it will start to rust. Pickling is very prevalent in the steel used for hydraulics. No foreign materials including bits of rust or steel flakes can be present as they would not be filtered through a hydraulic pump for example.

For stainless steel, it is referred to as Pickle and Passivation. Pickling is done first, where again any foreign particles are removed and the stainless steel surface is metallically cleaned (purified).  Passivated where a dense passive layer can form only on a pure surface from the chromium oxide. This ensures corrosion resistance to other elements in stainless steel. Pickling Passivation is also done in an environmentally safe facility and shipped directly to us from the steel mill.

As mentioned pickling steel is done at the mill so please allow time for these orders to be processed. Finally, when it comes to pickling and other steel processes trust the experts at Detroit Nipple Works. We can handle all your steel and nipple needs no matter the industry. Give us a call today at 1.888.698.7888 or contact us today!