The use of zinc has recently become popular in design trends and has only recently been catapulted in popularity by retail giants like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn. It’s also a mainstay in Europe and can be seen in a wide array of modalities such as roofs, bars, tables, counter tops. Like copper, zinc is a reactive or “living” metal that will patina and age over time. As it patinas, the zinc will dull first and then transition into a lovely grey finish.
Here at Zip Metals, we stock a variety of zinc that will fit all your needs. Whether you're a do-it-yourself fabricator or an experienced one, we have the right sheet for your project.
In addition, we have added a new feature when it comes to buying Zinc Sheets, all Zinc Sheets are now sold by the linear foot. You will find a price per linear foot in each product description. When you purchase your Zinc, just add the number feet you need. If you need multiple sheets, add the total number of feet to purchase and enter the number of sheets and their length in the notes.
Choosing the right zinc:
Not every project can be treated equal. The chart below is a guide to assist you in choosing the right material for your project. If you are unsure or just want to run something by us, feel free to give us call. Conversely, if you would like some samples all you need to do is email us your address and what thicknesses you would like samples of. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Our zinc sheets work for most if not all applications. That said, thickness is usually dictated by the fabricator. Typically, a professional fabricator uses thicker zinc sheets while the do-it-yourself fabricator uses thinner. For fabrication that requires multiple solder joints, we recommend using a thicker sheet.
22 GA 1/37"
20 GA .030"
18 GA .040"
15 GA .060"
-Outdoor tables and bar tops.
Zinc Sheets vs. Galvanized:
Our zinc sheets are 99.9+% pure!!
Through and through our zinc sheets are the “real” thing. They are not galvanized nor coated. The difference in the two materials is simple, one is coated in zinc the other is zinc thats been rolled out into sheet form. Galvanized sheets usually have a tendency to chip or flake thus exposing bare metal that can rust or be harmful to you and your family.
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Maintaining and caring for your zinc:
We love zinc, we know you will too. Caring for it is no different than caring for any other piece of furniture in your home. There are however some unique properties of zinc that are not usually found in most homes. Zinc has what we call a “living” finish that over time tends to change color ( bright or natural to dull grey). It also will change when exposed to acids, oils, fingerprints, foods and beverages. This “color change” is an inherent characteristic that will bring its old world/ lived in charm alive. Minor marks and scratches however can be rubbed out in most cases with 0000 steel wool or a 3m scotchbright pad. Deeper scratching and permanent marks are most likely to come out by utilizing a fine grit (220 Grit) sand paper followed by the steel wool or scotchbright pad. Using different grit sand paper can yield different effects on zinc. Even finer grit sandpaper can yield glossy or even mirrored finishes while heavy grit can yield a rich patterned look. Most, if not all sanding is best completed by utilizing an orbital sander. Our average zinc owner uses some kind of sealer to protect the zinc, this is more of a personal choice as sealing the zinc stops the patina process all together. We are more than happy to discuss the variety of options available to you. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions you may have.