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Protecting refurbished small parts

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bill Schickling, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Bill Schickling
    Joined: Feb 13, 2008
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    I tried using the search function, but I must suck at searching.

    I want to reuse some of the original bolts and fastners that attach the sheet metal on my project.

    I know a bunch of ways to clean them, but what are people using to keep them from rusting again?

    If there are threads about this, just point the way.

    Thanks,
     
  2. striper
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    Get them cadmium plated. It's cheap.
     
  3. FlamedChevy
    Joined: Oct 28, 2008
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    I have not tried it but Eastwood sells a Cad plating kit....Do it at home...
     
  4. mikeco
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    from virginia

    Cad plating is probably better,but I just shoot them with some rattle can clear. Seems to work pretty good to me.
     

  5. If you don't want to re-plate them, it helps keep the threads from rusting and getting stuck again if you slather the threads with anti-seize paste before screwing the bolts back into something. But you should probably use some kind of lock-washers (new ones) to make sure they don't work loose.

    I think Locktite does a decent job of keeping the threads from rusting too, if you want to use that instead of lockwashers. Locktite Blue I think is what you would use for trim stuff.
     
  6. 61bone
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    Eastwood has a kit to redo the black phosphate coating that most oem bolts have. Not expensive, quick and easy an they look really nice.
     
  7. squirrel
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    Take better care of the car than when it was parked outside for the past 60 years, they'll probably do ok.
     
  8. Bill Schickling
    Joined: Feb 13, 2008
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    Thanks. You guys are great.

    This thread reminds me of the advice I would get from my dad. Two or three really good suggestions and then a whack on the back of my head to set me off in the right direction.
     
  9. johnny bondo
    Joined: Aug 20, 2005
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    from illinois

    just go buy some new bolts i mean seriously how much pocket change is it really going to save you?
     
  10. squirrel
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    They don't make bolts like they used to.
     

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