Zinc Plating

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  1. Buddy

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    Thanks kirrbby, I know that's a tall order. The worst case, I can always order 2 or 3 10 packs of 6 x 12 bolts from CHP and hopefully get 14 good ones and if I actually get 20 or 30 good ones then I could give the extra to whoever needs them. I don't have any of my 6 x 12 because I had the brilliant idea that if I bagged and labeled each different group of bolts by size and length that would help ensure that no bolts would be unaccounted for, well that didn't work. I'm guessing that bag must of somehow been misplaced at the plater. On a good note this bag of bolts were the only items that did not make the return trip from the plater. The 6 x 20 bolts I canned because they looked like crap even more so after plating.
     
  2. kirrbby

    kirrbby Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry I don't have this done yet. But I did start picking thru bolts today. I'm confident that I have what you need, in nice shape. I'll try to have it all together tomorrow night.
     
  3. Buddy

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    That's fine kirrbby, no rush. Let me know what I owe you.
     
  4. kirrbby

    kirrbby Well-Known Member

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    How's $25 shipped?
    PM your shipping info and I'll try to get them out on Monday.

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  5. Buddy

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    Those are in great shape. I sent you a PM.
    Thanks kirrbby
     
  6. scrubus

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    I re-plated my old ones after I wire wheeled them clean. You can get zinc plating kits relatively cheap. Re-plate and buff them out, they'll look great.
     
  7. Buddy

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    Just received my hardware back from Parker Plating. All hardware that was sent accounted for. Very happy with the results. All of the bolts look like brand new.
     
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  9. Clayton

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    That looks b@d @ss! I’m gonna have to try them myself.
     
  10. Buddy

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    Yea, If you don't want to do it yourself, this company only does zinc plating and I think they did a really nice job. Be sure to clean hardware of all grease and grime before shipping. Any pitting on parts will not be hidden by zinc plating.
     
  11. JHminitrails

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    I've had 3 batches of hardware replated now. Which the first 2 have all turned out good, but I still wasn't happy with the dull luster of the plating. I did zero prep on the first 2 batches of hardware and left it up to the plating shop thinking they chemically stripped all the parts beforehand. Turns out they don't, they sandblast them. The results were OK, but I was determined to get a better quality zinc finish on my next batch of parts. So I purchased a 5lb vibratory tumbler. After some experimenting with medias and solutions, my final recipe was green tumbling pyramids from Amazon and a 50/50 mixture of CLR and water. The secret is just that....the pyramids only work best wet with a solution. After tumbling the parts for 18-20 hours, they came out damn near spotless and in raw steel finish. I had to doctor up a few spots with the wire wheel, but this method sure was easy. And the zinc results paid dividends for sure! As the pics speak for themselves. I spoke to the owner of the plating shop and he simply said, the zinc quality and finish is only as good as the metal it's going on! And after seeing my 3rd batch of parts, I strongly agree. Some people may be against the tumbling method because it's a time thing, but for me, I do the hardware tumbling first thing after teardown, fire it in the machine, and carry on doing other work while the tumbler shakes away in the corner! Pretty happy with it.
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    After Zinc Plating. The seat latch pictured was not tumbled or prepped before plating, and the difference is significant.
     
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    That stuff looks awesome! Thanks for posting about this.
     
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  13. JHminitrails

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    Thanks. Probably over restored zinc quality for a 100 point period correct restoration. From what I've learned doing this work is that in the 70's the plating was cadmium which I think has a more dull appearance. Regardless, these bolts and parts are going to make a huge difference on my restoration.
     
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  14. ktheake

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    So just so I'm straight - cad is factory not zinc ? I thought it was zinc - but I'm a newb
     
  15. JHminitrails

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    From what I've learned, read and been told by the "good ol' boys" and the owner of the plating shop I go to here, they say Cad. But I was not a tech or even born in the 70's so I can only go by what I've learned on my own
     
  16. Gary

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    I believe the original plating was cadmium. We have all bought bolts from the hardware store,those are zinc and you see how long the finish lasts. You've all seen bolts that look yellow,that is called trivalent yellow chromate it is used to further protect the zinc. It comes in clear as well. It is needed because zinc does not last as long as cadmium. Cadmium is not used as much as it was due to EPA regulations,it's nasty stuff to work with and to dispose of much like chrome.Can still be found but not as cheap as it once was. Here is some cadmium plating I had done in the 80's.As you can see it is very bright. At the time it was a dollar a pound- 50 lb minimum. I just sold the car last year after 37 years. The finish had dulled some but not bad. 7 16 84.jpg

    Here in contrast is some parts I recently had done in zinc with a trivalent yellow chromate finish -


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    Here are some parts of mine fresh out of the vibratory tumbler with green abrasive pyramids and 50/50 mix of CLR and water. Pic is attached off what they looked like before. I ran the tumbler for about 20 hours. Only because I didn't have time in the morning to remove them. But I checked them after 10 hours run time, and they were already spotless, they could have easily been removed at that point, but I didn't have time. 20210329_205032.jpg 20210330_185537.jpg 20210330_185550.jpg I remove them then rinse them in a strong solution of baking soda and water, then blow dry with compressed air and bag them up immediately. Then off to plating.
     
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  18. Gplracer

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    Looks good! I have the same tumbler and medium. I have been plating my zinc plating my own stuff although it come out of plating with a dull gray finish. I think have to take steel wool to it. It is an easy process but not when it comes to parts like the seat latch. It is almost impossible to get into all the little areas.
     
  19. JHminitrails

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    Thanks! I'm very happy with the results. The seat latch will actually come apart fairly easily, you just have to knock the pin out that locks the catch tab to the lever shaft. I've done it in the past and worked well. I didn't bother with the last 2 seat latches as they were quite clean, just dull from age, but no rust.
     

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