Black Cable and Black Fittings - Handling and Care
BLACK OXIDE PRODUCTS
This document contains important information regarding the Handling, Care, Treatment and
Details of your Black Oxide materials.
Before unpacking your order, please be advised that Black Oxide products, by the nature of their processing, have a solvent-based oil coating on them. This coating will come off when handled. Ultimately, this coating with dry over time, but it can also be removed manually and prematurely. We recommend using a Powder-Free glove made from Nitrile or another Powder-Free Industrial Grade Glove when handling and installing these materials. It is important to understand that while the material is now more resistant to corrosion and galling, you should still treat this as any product with an applied finish, i.e. a painted surface, a brushed metal or any specialized coating. Like any surface, it will acquire damage from abuse.
These products are made from 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel and then treated. Therefore, it is recommended to treat these items as you would a bare 316SS item. While the Black Oxide does provide additional protection to the metal beneath, using an appropriate cleaner and applying a protective product can lengthen the life of your product’s aesthetics and quality.
Once you have completed your cable installation, we recommend hand-rinsing these products with a damp Lint-Free cloth to aid in the removal of any excess Black Oxide oil, finger prints, and other contaminating particles that have been introduced to the metal.
Lastly, using a new Lint-Free cloth, apply our Boeshield T-9 Lubricant to reintroduce a reflective finish and to add another layer of corrosion prevention and contaminant protection.
Black Oxide Processing
Our Black Oxide materials are submerged and bathed in a combination of specialized activators and oxidizing agents all within an alkaline base. This includes additives to further to increase corrosion resistance to the metal. Unlike some methods, the material’s integrity is not compromised through this process.
Disclaimer: Salt Air Environments
Salt air environments (up to 50 miles inland of the ocean) are highly corrosive. All stainless steel cables and stainless steel fittings exposed to salt air environments overtime will and should expect to see corrosion develop and an accelerated rate when used for outdoor applications. Discoloration of the surface, oxidation and galvanic corrosion can and will occur outdoors. Stainless steel contains lower amounts of carbon compared to regular carbon steel however it still contains some carbon and it will experience staining and rusting when exposed to salty air environments over time.