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Old Dec 23rd, 09, 9:10 AM
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Default Bolts - Paint, Powder Coat, Stainless, or ???

I've read all the posts regarding re-using original bolts, stripping them, muratic acid, neutralizer, paint and bake....ughhhhhhh......

Does baking the paint work when you put a wrench to them????

When I read about black oxide, it states unless you coat them in oil, the don't provide enough corrosion protection...

Can you powder coat nuts/bolts/washers????


Seems like the only solution is Stainless????

I don't want to spend the rest of my life repainting/touching up bolts....

Many Thanks - Brad.
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Old Dec 23rd, 09, 9:45 AM
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20K miles ago and not always friendy weather I cabinet blasted the bolts for my car. Epoxied some, epoxied and cast blasted others. I never had to touch them up. A couple show a tad bit of rust on the edge but never got worse. I run my car. So if you don't your bolts will be fine. If you only show it for judging purposes and use Palmetto products you'll be fine. It's not like your wrenching the bolts repetitively to cause corrosion.
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Old Dec 23rd, 09, 9:46 AM
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I am thinking of going the stainless route also. I have bought the black oxide bolt kits in the past and it is true that you need to keep them oiled or they will corrode. I have also done the blasting, etching, painting, baking scenario and it is a lot of work and is never perfect. If you are doing an all original car and wish to keep it as original as possible, I would restore the original bolts.

Another option you may have is to send your bolts to have zinc plated and then you paint them with the detail paint of your choice. There is a place in Greensboro that does plating of all sorts. I have their info somewhere, but they are on the internet listing for platers.

They also do hood hinges and boosters and just about anything.
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Old Dec 23rd, 09, 9:50 AM
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I use some of the original nuts & bolts, I clean them with Evapo-Rust if rusty or I have a vibrator that I put them in, after that I usually paint or powder coat, as for powder coating yes the heads can be done on the bolts and washers, I do not think your local powder coating shop would take the time to do bolts, nuts and washers. I do my own powder coating on small pieces, Harbor Freight has a powder coating system for not a lot of money, mine came from Eastwood's and does a nice job, but all will chip at some point in time. I do stainless as often as I can, In the areas that show I will grind the heads smooth and then polish them to a brilliant shine, it takes a little time but well worth it.
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Old Dec 23rd, 09, 9:54 AM
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I've sand blasted, wirewheeled, primed and painted the bolts, but when you put the wrench to them, the primer starts showing and eventually rust..... Doesn't seem to hold up; although I haven't tried baking them.

It's a frame-off 70396ragtop but will NOT be a trailer queen. Just trying to do stuff ONCE, and not redo later.... Functionality is more important than originality. I don't mind if bolts are not 100% correct as long as they don't look tacky and do the job rust-free....

I do know some plating companies in the Triad, they are expensive. Harbor Freight has the same powder coating kit for $60 that Eastwood sells for $150. You can buy an inexpensive oven to bake them; hood hinges, brackets, etc....just not sure if you can PC nuts/bolts???
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Old Dec 23rd, 09, 9:58 AM
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oldtimeparts - we must have posted at the same time...thanks....
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Old Dec 23rd, 09, 10:08 AM
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If you don't mind functionality over orginality try Totally Stainless:

www.totallystainless.com
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Old Dec 23rd, 09, 11:48 AM
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If you don't mind functionality over orginality try Totally Stainless:

www.totallystainless.com

They even have a black stainless fastener for those who are trying to keep the correct look. I have bought a bunch of stuff from these guys, and they are good guys. Start buying the large, high-strength bolts from them, and you can get into some real money! I did a 65 and a 59 Corvette with 100% polished stainless bolts, and ended up with over $1000 in bolts on these 2 cars.


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Old Dec 23rd, 09, 1:33 PM
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Just buy the bolt kits appropriate for your car. They are freshly painted, brand new bolts with the correct markings and are quality made. Sure makes life a lot eaiser! I used engine, chassis, engine compartment and interior kits on my latest project and I'm really glad I did.
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Old Dec 23rd, 09, 3:05 PM
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I bought the Stainless kit for my 66. They still look brand new after 4 years in all kinds of weather.
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Just buy the bolt kits appropriate for your car. They are freshly painted, brand new bolts with the correct markings and are quality made. Sure makes life a lot eaiser! I used engine, chassis, engine compartment and interior kits on my latest project and I'm really glad I did.
Yea Rich that's great now but 20 years ago I had to do it the painstaking way. Fortunately they held up. Now I just buy them as you state.
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About 15+ years ago I restored a 64 Chevy 1/2 ton shorty, Fleetside, Big window and every bolt that was visible (dooe hinges, latches, all the inner fender blots, hood hinges, radiator support - Right down to the screws on the heater box and interior panels - I got them from here http://www.gardner-westcott.com/automotive_bolts.htm - You can order 1 or 100 - I used all stainless and it looked great, Not cheap but when I was done I was happy I spent the extra money.

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Old Dec 24th, 09, 10:18 AM
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I went to a local fastener place (Southern Fasteners) to see what stainless looked like. I always thought they were shiny like chrome but much to my surprise they look just like steel (low lust). That settled the dilema, stainless it is....

After all, I've already wasted far too much time soaking, wiring cleaning, sand blasting, priming and painting all for it to come off during tightening.... Ughhhhhh......

I'm actually replacing many of the bolts I've stripped and painted, knowing they'll start chipping, rusting, etc....

WOW, Stainless looks really nice and not too shiny like chrome...

Take care guys,,,,see you at the next Chevellabration.

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