Shims washers are available in a wide selection of materials, from stainless steel shim washers, aluminium and brass, to PTFE and copper. What are they? They are a thin strip of material often used for aligning or leveling parts to make them fit. Additionally, they are great for reducing wear. But what makes stainless steel so popular? Depending on the application, stainless steel shim washers may be the best option for several reasons.


About stainless steel

First, a brief introduction to stainless steel. Stainless steel is the name given to a family of special-grade steel alloys that contain a minimum of 10.5% chromium. What’s more, it has many advantageous properties such as it does not easily rust, corrode, or stain when it comes in contact with water. As a result, it is widely used within manufacturing industries.


Reduce wear and tear

As aforementioned, stainless steel shims have several benefits. A big one being that stainless steel does not easily corrode or rust. How this works is the alloying elements in stainless steel react with oxygen from water and air, resulting in a thin but stable film. Within that film are corrosion products like metal oxides and hydroxides. This serves as a barrier against surface corrosion.  

In addition, stainless steel is durable and hard wearing (often more so than other metals). As a result, stainless steel shim washers are harder to dent and take longer to wear down. Furthermore, stainless steel shims are not susceptible to tarnishing and water stains. Instead, it maintains a clean aesthetic appeal. 


What industries use stainless steel?

Due to its high-strength no reactive properties stainless steel is increasingly popular in many industries. One of which is the aerospace industry. t’s resistance to corrosion is essential in this harsh environment. 

Additionally, steel shims are commonplace in the auto industry. For example, a shim can be inserted between the car axle and the wheel hub to appease alignment issues. Again, it’s durable and non-corrosive properties ensure smooth operation of moving parts. 


Did you know?

What’s more, stainless steel is eco-friendly as it’s 100% recyclable. Which means you can contribute to a more sustainable environment. 


Fast turnaround times for stainless steel shim washers

Here at Stephens Gaskets, we are committed to manufacturing and delivering quality products, quickly. With a wide range of pre-cut ready-to-ship shims we can deliver the very next day. In addition, we offer custom shims to ensure every client’s request can be met with confidence. Stainless steel is high-quality, durable, corrosion-resistant and environmentally friendly, which is exactly why it’s the ideal choice for applications across many industries. If you’d like further information about any of our products or services then please call us on 0121 544 5808 or email us at

If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Buy Quality Rubber Washers from Stephens Gaskets.

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