The patina on WS not only offers greater corrosion resistance than on mild steel, but is also responsible for its attractive appearance and self‐healing abilities. The main applications for WS include civil structures such as bridges and other load‐bearing structures, road installations, electricity posts, utility towers, guide rails, ornamental sculptures, façades, roofing, etc. The literature contains a great deal of information on WS, and there are entire chapters in collective works dedicated to this issue, e.g. [1, 5‐6]. However, an in‐depth bibliographic review on the atmospheric exposure data of WS and a rigorous analysis of the published information are lacking. The review presented in this paper seeks to fill this gap.