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    I need #3 x 1/4 black flathead screws

    I’ve been looking for #3 x 1/4” black flathead screws for awhile. I at looking online so could someone please help me find nice ones. I ordered them from some place and when I received them they looked as if they were painted. I was very disappointed. Thanks again, Terry
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    So you're looking for black oxide finished screws? If painted wasn't good I guess we need to know what the required finish is. Microfasteners has #2 x 5/16 but, skips #3 and jumps to #4. Smallest McFeely's will go is #4 in a FHWS. Can you show us the application? Maybe we can get you something that will work.
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    Buy some #3 x 1/4" zinc plated screws at Home Depot and then blacken them via the procedure outlined here.

    Recipes for turning zinc black

    1. Black for zinc:
    200 gm iron chloride
    1 lit water

    2. Black for zinc:

    1 heaping teaspoon salt
    2 heaping teaspoons copper sulphate
    1 cup water(200 ccm)

    Just do a google search for turning zinc black.
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    I need semi-gloss black screws for the turn buttons on the back of the picture frames.
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    Try Blacksmith Bolts. They have #12 x 3" wood screws. Is that what you need? They have lots of choices on screws and they are good screws that can stand some driving and not turn out.
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    We use machinist's tool black.

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    https://www.mcmaster.com/91253a092

    McMaster Carr is often the answer. they have both 3-48 x 1/4 and 3-56 x 1/4 in a black oxide finish.

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    You could use brass screws. I regularly do this to make hardware look old.

    Get unlacquered brass screws, or strip the lacquer off. Sink the screws into a soft wood board, past the threads, in slightly oversize holes. Spray them with sodium hydroxide oven cleaner. Wait a day. Rinse them off, and take them out of the board. The heads will be dark brown, like a US 10 B dark bronze finish. If you scratch the oxidized finish, it an be touched up with a black Sharpie (not gold seal version).

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    Did you check McFeelys? They are the source for all things screws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Starch View Post
    I need semi-gloss black screws for the turn buttons on the back of the picture frames.
    I think the only way you're going to get gloss or semi-gloss black is with painted screws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Eisenhauer View Post
    Try Blacksmith Bolts. They have #12 x 3" wood screws. Is that what you need? They have lots of choices on screws and they are good screws that can stand some driving and not turn out.
    He needs a #3 size screw, not a #12. #12 would be a bit of overkill for the back of a picture frame.
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    Jim I've always been proud of my ability to carefully read things and note the minute details. Always glad to be a help. Somehow I read that as a need for 1/4" by 3" long screws - sort of a dyslexia thing?
    David

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    Bear Woods Supply offers #3x1/4 black Phillips head wood screws. https://www.bearwood.com/black-phill....4-sc-505.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Starch View Post
    I need semi-gloss black screws for the turn buttons on the back of the picture frames.
    When I hear "Back of Picture Frames" I think "Against Wall and Unseen". What does the gloss level matter?
    Sharp solves all manner of problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Eisenhauer View Post
    Jim I've always been proud of my ability to carefully read things and note the minute details. Always glad to be a help. Somehow I read that as a need for 1/4" by 3" long screws - sort of a dyslexia thing?
    Well, that frame wouldn't come off the wall for sure if he uses the screws you mentioned. LOL But yea...I had to read it twice, too.
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