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Old 10-12-2006, 06:00 AM
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blasting nuts, bolts and other small items

I just got a blasting cabinet and it works great, however trying to handle bolts, nuts, washers etc. is a challenge. I was thinking that a metal box with a small mesh bottom (or maybe made of all steel mesh) would work great. Just pop the small parts in there and blast away. So far I have screwed bolts into 1x2 jigs I made and that helps but there has to be a better way..thoughts anyone?

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You can make a bin with an expanded metal bottom.....get the smallest that you can for those small bolts.

I have better luck soaking my bolts in solvent and then wire wheeling them. Can be hard on the fingers though. Wear gloves
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blasting nuts/bolts

You can use metal lath or hardware cloth ( heavy screen) for the base, for small parts

I use a coffee can opened at both ends, with a metal screen attached with two 4 in hose clamps at the bottom, for screws and smaller pieces. russ
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As far as the nuts and bolts go I would soak them in solvent instead. Seems like you will mess up your threads with blasting.
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I've heard the bucket trick works pretty good. I have a rock tumbler I was going to try with sand it in.
After cleaning them what do most of you do with them? Paint? Coat?

I have a whole cars worth to do.

Factory is some type of black coating. I can buy a sheetmetal bolt kit. Or go with the S.S. button heads some people are using. But with so many I have some I have to re-use.
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Heres some more I posted on another forum, you could also take a flat piece of cardboard stick the bolts in that to bead blast.
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Not sure about the colors, but I beadblast mine then rattle can them then put them in a toaster oven for about 25 minutes, it will harden up the paint and make them look really nice.

If you can't bead or sand blast just wire wheel brush

Wire brush then spray them with lacquer then, blow them dry, I tip a card board box upside down, take an awl or knife punch some holes and stick them in that to paint them.

On nuts I use smaller threaded rod to paint them, smaller threaded rod so they won't slide up and down when you roll them over.

You can find a toaster oven at a thrift or salvation army store for a couple of bucks.

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If my bolts or nuts are rusty I have a little metal jar I pour naval jelly in and totally immerse them in it for a day. If they have paint or crud on them I use paint stripper instead. My nuts and bolts always come out squeeky clean.
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Try doing a search on "electrolysis rust removal" I have used it and it works very well and is cheap. I used TSP (the stuff for household paint prep cleaning) Walmart sells it. An old stainless spoon and a small dc adapter/charger (slow but great for small jobs) but bigger battery charger is much more effective. Try it it's kinda cool
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got a bullet tumbler from a buddy & some abrasive from HF..works well. Also good for making a nice finish on the various brass bits under the hood.

x2 on baking the parts after paint. nice to be single..i have an oven i can use at any time with no complaints 175 deg for about 45 minutes works well
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I found a strainer at wal-mart in the kitchen supplies for a couple of dollars. It works great. They have several sizes. While blasting I just keep flippin them up and around and keep blasting them. The bolts and nuts come out very clean. Cheap alternative to what he blasting companies sell.
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Electrolytic rust removal link:

http://www.davidbradley.net/ERR.html
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