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Re: Refurbishing rusty bolts & screws
WarEagle1 #1396883 Fri Feb 12 2021 02:41 AM
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Yeah, I'd agree on the powder coating. Not for fasteners. And probably more trouble to put on than zinc plating. Or that black coating in the video.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: Refurbishing rusty bolts & screws
WarEagle1 #1396958 Fri Feb 12 2021 05:12 PM
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You might consider using gun bluing or "cold blue". Make sure they are very clean. Also keep in mind that other than specialty bolts like ARP a bolt is only good to torque once. If its anything important you might consider replacing those such as steering box or front end bolts.


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Re: Refurbishing rusty bolts & screws
WarEagle1 #1397078 Sat Feb 13 2021 01:51 PM
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Been down this path.

I do not recommend caswell cold oxide

I have purchased and used it, bolts looked awesome and great, whilst my car sat in the shed they looked factory original within a month of my car being on the road getting physically wet etc, the bolts rusted like tomorrow and left streaks of rust around them.

I consulted a few other people re what to do and they advised painting the bolts in epoxy primer black, i did this and they have stood up to the weather fantastic so far, they come otut in a satin finish but look great

Steve

Re: Refurbishing rusty bolts & screws
WarEagle1 #1397080 Sat Feb 13 2021 01:58 PM
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Here is a couple pf photos, i use 3d printed holders for convenience as my blaster at work is huge and i would loose them otherwise

Rusty loaded
Blasted
Ready for paint
Painted in black epoxy primer

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Re: Refurbishing rusty bolts & screws
WarEagle1 #1397083 Sat Feb 13 2021 02:11 PM
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Not on subject, but those holders look great. Makes me want to run out and get a 3D printer. I’ve had to dig a few fasteners out of my cabinet blaster a few times!


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Re: Refurbishing rusty bolts & screws
WarEagle1 #1397130 Sat Feb 13 2021 06:28 PM
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Being more of a welding type guy, I'd be inclined to tack a few nuts on a piece of steel to hold bolts. But definitely a good idea to fab up something to hold fasteners for blasting. thumbs_up

[on edit] Or to be even more of a cheapskate, I'd stick them thru a piece of cardboard. grin

Last edited by klhansen; Sat Feb 13 2021 09:08 PM.

Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: Refurbishing rusty bolts & screws
klhansen #1397184 Sun Feb 14 2021 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by klhansen
Or to be even more of a cheapskate, I'd stick them thru a piece of cardboard. grin

Cardboard is great for holding bolts for painting.

Steve

Last edited by Simso; Sun Feb 14 2021 01:16 AM.
Re: Refurbishing rusty bolts & screws
WarEagle1 #1397220 Sun Feb 14 2021 06:25 AM
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Over 40-something years of reloading virtually everything that shoots, I've accumulated several vibrator brass cleaners. Those things also work well for de-rusting nuts and bolts with the same ground corncob and jewelers' rouge media I use for polishing brass. Once the hareware is clean, I either assemble things and paint the exposed areas, or drop them into a Mason jar filled with oil and dare 'em to rust until I'm ready to use them.
Jerry


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Re: Refurbishing rusty bolts & screws
WarEagle1 #1397999 Fri Feb 19 2021 09:40 PM
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Soak your bolts and nuts in vinegar for a couple of days and it will take all the rust off.

Re: Refurbishing rusty bolts & screws
WarEagle1 #1398027 Sat Feb 20 2021 01:06 AM
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Muriatic acid makes fast work of it but tough on the skin and nose. Ya gotta protect it with something afterwords 'cause it's raw.


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