I just bought a Bostitch 15 gauge finish nailer for some exterior trim
work. Bought some Bostitch nails. They say they're 'coated.' I
emailed Bostitch and they say the coating is not galvanized but just a
glue coating that helps in removal. They said to use stainless nails
Unfortunately the stainless nails are 4 times the price.
I presume I need galvanized nails for exterior work, right? I'll be
using this with both wood and PVC trim.
I may just return the Bostitch and get something else for which
galvanized nails are available.
I'm sure I've bought galvanized nails that fit the Bostitch finish
nailer--don't recall that they were necessarily Bostitch, however; I've
used several over the years.
But, none of the galvanized I've ever seen for power nailers are very
long-lasting as compared to a good regular nail--can't put that much
galvanizing on them and have them still feed.
If it's painted, set them and putty and they'll be fine, likely. But,
if you want auto-drive and no chance of rust, SS is your choice, price
Keep in mind that there is galvanized and there is GALVANIZED. The first is
electro-plated and applies a nice, uniform and very thin coat of zinc which
won't last long. The second is hot dipped and applies a thick, non--uniform
coating which endures for a long time but which is unlikely to be able to be
used with a nailer. Use stainless.
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