Stainless steel shim stock is extremely versatile and used in many industries. So here’s what you need to know. 

The basics

Also known as inox steel, stainless steel has a 10.5% minimum chromium content by mass. It is widely used across many industries because it does not easily rust, corrode, or stain when it comes in contact with water. Additionally, there are different grades and surface finishes of stainless steel available, each with their own properties to endure certain environments and applications.

How it works

So, how does stainless steel withstand rusting, corrosion, or staining? The chromium within the stainless steel forms a passive shield of chromium oxide. As a result, it prevents surface corrosion by blocking oxygen diffusion to the surface of the steel and into the metal’s internal structure. This is why stainless steel shim material is ideal for many applications across different industries.


Steel shim uses

  • Precision adjustments and alignments in machinery
  • Tool and die set up
  • Machine repair / part replacements
  • Machine maintenance
  • Mounting of motor pumps and other machinery
  • Prototype work.


Choosing the right shim

Material composition as well as mechanical and physical specifications are key deciding factors when choosing the right shim for your application. Our shims come in different thicknesses and materials and we even offer bespoke options to ensure each one is suited to its application. At Stephens Gaskets our materials include brass, plastic, aluminum, stainless steel, copper and more. Furthermore, we have pre-cut stock shim washers in our most commonly used shim materials that cover most design requirements for most applications.

Shim washers at Stephens Gaskets

Equally as important as choosing the right material is choosing the right shim washers manufacturers. Stephens Gaskets has years of experience and is an industry leading supplier of shims. In addition to knowledge and expertise, we have a wide product range that offers solutions for every shim application. 

Stephens Gaskets has been manufacturing and supplying shims for almost 75 years, which means you can trust us to deliver quality, fit-for-purpose shim washers. Furthermore, we offer a bespoke shim service to ensure every customer requests is met. We have state-of-the-art machinery that ensures precision each and every time. What’s more, our central location means we can deliver them quickly. We are a one stop shop for shims, gaskets and expertise. 

If you would like to find out more about our stainless steel shim stock, then get in touch with us today by calling 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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