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Old 08-02-2007, 08:57 PM
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Fastener Restoration

I find it hard to believe that even the richest car restorer on this forum replaces every single nut on bolt on their cars. I am replacing the bulk of the fasteners on my car with new ones, but for the ones which are still in fairly good shape and are uncommon thread sizes I am going to sandblast them in my cabinet and then coat them with a protective coating. I want a coating which will not chip or rub off when I am installing them on the car with my sockets and wrenches. What type of coating should I use? Will common spray paint suffice for this job...or will it just last until I have to install it on the car and then scratch? What do you guys use? Eastwood has a kit which electroplates them...has anyone used this http://www.eastwoodco.com/jump.jsp?i...mType=PRODUCT? What were the results like? I am not a concours restorer so I could care less if they aren't painted the way the factory painted them.

What do you guys use to paint your hardware?

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when i click on the link the eastwood sight comes up but the page is blank. are you looking at the silver colored tin-zinc plating kit?? i saw a write up in a mag a couple of years ago where they did some parts and they looked pretty nice but havnt seen it in person. i would also be interested in hearing any res
ponse from anyone who has experience with this. got a ton of bolts to do.
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A restorer wouldn't dream of replacing a bolt except with one exactly like original. Eastwoods blackening kit leaves a nice black phospate coat just like factory. Gold cad plated bolts can be replicated with paint but it just isn't like real plating. If your not a fanatic zinc plates can be purchased at your local hardware store just be careful of grades. Some shelf bolts can be real junk.
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