Is Zinc alloy or Aluminium alloy better?

In summary, for kitchen cupboard handles, the best option would be to use a zinc alloy with a good balance of corrosion resistance and toughness. It is important to note that there is no specific "zinc alloy" or "aluminum alloy," as they are always mixed with other metals in various proportions. However, for long-lasting handles, stainless steel (preferably 316) is the recommended material choice.
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Which alloy is better resistant to corrosion and less easy to get scratched and the paint fall?

For kitchen cupboard handle. Thanks a lot.
 
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You won’t have to worry much about corrosion indoors. The zinc is better for toughness. Paint??
 
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There is no such a thing as just an "zinc alloy" or "aluminum alloy" - they must be alloyed with some other metals (plenty of them) and in defined proportions (infinitely many of them).
 
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kenny1999 said:
For kitchen cupboard handle. [...]
I never use anything other than stainless steel (316 if possible) for handles.

E.g., I have some 316 SS handles on frequently-used drawers that still look like new after ~10 yrs.
 

Related to Is Zinc alloy or Aluminium alloy better?

1. Is Zinc alloy or Aluminium alloy stronger?

It depends on the specific composition of each alloy. Generally, zinc alloys tend to be stronger than aluminium alloys, but there are certain aluminium alloys that can be stronger than zinc alloys.

2. Which alloy is more resistant to corrosion?

Zinc alloys are typically more resistant to corrosion than aluminium alloys. This is because zinc has a higher natural resistance to corrosion compared to aluminium.

3. Which alloy is more cost-effective?

Aluminium alloys are generally more cost-effective than zinc alloys. This is because aluminium is more abundant and easier to extract from its ore compared to zinc.

4. Which alloy is easier to work with?

Both zinc and aluminium alloys have their own unique properties that make them easier to work with in different situations. Generally, zinc alloys are easier to cast and mold, while aluminium alloys are easier to machine and weld.

5. Which alloy is more commonly used in industrial applications?

Both zinc and aluminium alloys are commonly used in industrial applications. However, aluminium alloys are more commonly used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and construction, while zinc alloys are more commonly used in industries such as electronics, plumbing, and die casting.

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