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Old 08-21-2005, 01:20 PM
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Galvanic corrosion using aluminum rivets on steel?

Will aluminum rivets corrode when used on steel? What do you have to watch out for to avoid galvanic corrosion?

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Aluminum rivets will corrode steel in time, how fast depends on moisture. I would not use them on steel body panels although a lot of people do. Why do you want to use aluminum? Most of the time the answer to that one is "because they won't rust" but the surrounding metal has to be protected anyway so corrosion is not a problem with steel but with aluminum it will be since you will eventually get corrosion no matter how well protected. Use steel.
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