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How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

#1 2008-05-16 8:31pm

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How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

My attempt at a "sticky" for those of you do it yourselfers... Here is a good way to save your bolts and nuts. Bench grinders like the one below can be purchased very resonably from alot of stores. To get a cheap one that works... I recomend going to "Big Lots" or Walmart... But you can get a really good one from Home Depot or Lowes. The wire wheels along with with the bufing wheels and polishing compounds are cheapest at Lowes I have found. All together I spent less than 50 bucks getting these items. I removed the grinding wheels that came with the bench grinder and the saftey guards too. BE CAREFULL if you do this and wear gloves and goggles if you are a newbie at this. Nuts can be cleaned the same way just grip them in a pair of pliers while holding them against the wire wheel...

Ok here we go...



First use a wire wheel on a bench grinder to remove those years of dirt, rust, and grime. Be sure to clean the threads too!!!
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii50/Rividude/GEDC0295.jpg



Notice the rust still on the inside of this hex bolt...
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii50/Rividude/GEDC0296.jpg



Mount the bolt inside of a cordless drill just tight enough to hold it... But not so tight that it pinches the threads...
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii50/Rividude/GEDC0298.jpg



With the grinder OFF!!! push the bolt against the wires of the grinding wheel. Rock the wheel back and forth a little so all areas of the inside of the bolt head get cleaned. This takes 10-15 seconds topps...
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii50/Rividude/GEDC0299.jpg
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii50/Rividude/GEDC0300.jpg



See it works like a charm... You can even see that the inside of this bolt had a letter "P" hiding under 20 years of rust and dirt... I was even suprized to see it appear...
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii50/Rividude/GEDC0301.jpg



Finally... Just throw it up against the buffing wheel for a few swconds to bring back that Chrome like shine...
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii50/Rividude/GEDC0302.jpg



Here is a before and after on a hallow stem bolt from a Vintage GT SR stem cleaned on the wire wheel... Looks like new!!!
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii50/Rividude/GEDC0289.jpg
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii50/Rividude/GEDC0316.jpg
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii50/Rividude/GEDC0318.jpg



There is nothing to it... I suggest setting aside some time and cleaning all your bolts at once... I cleaned a whole pile of them from an entire bike in about 30 minutes... From brake bolts to stem bolts... Take every item on the bike completley apart. From brake calipers, brake levers, stem, to even the pedals, do this and your items will shine like new again... Good luck to you... If you love your bikes this is a step that is worth the time and patience to keep your original parts all original...

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#2 2008-05-16 8:49pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

Could use some feedback guys... Think this would make a good "Sticky" ?


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#3 2008-05-16 10:04pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

TTT


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#4 2008-05-16 10:10pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

Yeah, I think so.  I've always just bought new ones but now that I see your trick to cleaning the inside of the head I'm going to try that instead.  Good tip.  smile


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#5 2008-05-16 10:11pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

Have i mentioned i love this kind of do it yourself post ...nice job RIVIDUDE.


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#6 2008-05-16 11:12pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

thats almost what i do. i use a wire brush on a bench grinder but i havent used a polishing wheel on mine. i just wipe them with nevrdull most of the time. never thought about the polishing wheel. thats a great idea


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#7 2008-05-16 11:20pm

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I was going to ask this same question, but now there is no need.  A lot of mongoose gold stems have grimy, rusty bolts.  This seems like the perfect fix.

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#8 2008-05-16 11:43pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

[/b]Cool... Glad this helped some people... I was begining to think this was a flop for a second... Hopfully this will inspire some people to save some $$$ and do it themselves...[/b]

I am working on another do it youself for polishing... All my aluminum stuff looks like chrome now...
here is a taste of before and after. If you can make it out in the picture...

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii50/Rividude/GEDC0293.jpg


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#9 2008-05-17 8:38am

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wow,rividude,you rock!the allen bolt demo is a classic!

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#10 2008-05-17 11:44am

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Extremely Great Idea!! I do ALMOST the same thing. I use a dremel with the brass bristle brush (say that fast more than once) and the polishing compound and buffing wheel that comes in their  polishing/cleaning kit. Would make a great Sticky big_smile smile

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#11 2008-05-17 11:47am

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

inside of cap-screws: dremel with plastic brush and noxon chrome cleaner.

Good post.

Also, to bring back the black bolts, go to the gun store or wal mart and get a gun "bluing" kit. 

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#12 2008-05-17 1:43pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

mcseforsale wrote:

inside of cap-screws: dremel with plastic brush and noxon chrome cleaner.

Good post.

Also, to bring back the black bolts, go to the gun store or wal mart and get a gun "bluing" kit. 

AJ

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#13 2008-05-18 6:51am

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

Good thinking there Rividude, i've always tried polishing by hand and gave up in less than a minute.

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#14 2008-05-18 7:00am

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

nice job   hell of a lot cheaper than buying the bolts for as many bikes we build take the time to add it up it will shock ya to say the least ....  i smell a sticky


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#15 2008-05-18 7:08am

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exellent thread, nice work. i will do this instead of buying new. i never could get the heads cleaned out thats y i just bought new... thanks for the tips


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#16 2008-05-18 7:24am

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Indeed, but how much would a bench grinder like that costs? I can use that for many things, polishing boots, blunt sharp edges for keys and stuff,etc etc. Definitely should sticky this.

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#17 2008-05-18 7:46am

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you did a GREAT job at that, nice

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#18 2008-05-18 8:10am

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stuck.  i love the hex bolt tip.  thanks for pointing this thread out lambo.

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#19 2008-05-18 7:03pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

skywayray wrote:

Good thinking there Rividude, i've always tried polishing by hand and gave up in less than a minute.

Well I don't know what it will cost you on the other side of the world but the are a cheap item here in the discount stores... I picked up this yellow one for 24 dollars + tax at "Big Lots"


And thanks for the compliments guys... Nice to see this will save the members some bucks...

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#20 2008-05-18 7:42pm

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+1.  Mine came from big lots in Connecticut about 6 years ago.  The base had 2 cracks in it, so they gave it to me for $10.  Fixed it up with some JB weld and it's still kicking.  Mines, better, though...it's a crappy RED one.  LOL.

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Rividude wrote:

skywayray wrote:

Good thinking there Rividude, i've always tried polishing by hand and gave up in less than a minute.

Well I don't know what it will cost you on the other side of the world but the are a cheap item here in the discount stores... I picked up this yellow one for 24 dollars + tax at "Big Lots"


And thanks for the compliments guys... Nice to see this will save the members some bucks...


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#21 2008-05-19 1:22pm

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mcseforsale wrote:

+1.  Mine came from big lots in Connecticut about 6 years ago.  The base had 2 cracks in it, so they gave it to me for $10.  Fixed it up with some JB weld and it's still kicking.  Mines, better, though...it's a crappy RED one.  LOL.

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Rividude wrote:

skywayray wrote:

Good thinking there Rividude, i've always tried polishing by hand and gave up in less than a minute.

Well I don't know what it will cost you on the other side of the world but the are a cheap item here in the discount stores... I picked up this yellow one for 24 dollars + tax at "Big Lots"


And thanks for the compliments guys... Nice to see this will save the members some bucks...

Yeah yeah... So now we are the MCDonlad colors twins...LOL Sweet deal you got there... I have another one i inherited from my dad... It works soooooo much better... This Big Loys one works... but does not have enough oomph... It slows down too much when you start applying alot of pressure to it... It is really meat to have the grinding wheels on it. But for the price I cant complain... A 5 minue job takes 7-10 minutes on it is all... Kinda like the difference between dial up and DSL...LOL When I sick enuff of Dila up I will upgrade to cable and skip DSL all together...LOL

But really my intention is to show newbies and some do it yourselfers a cheap way to get Grrrrrrrrreat results...


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#22 2008-05-19 2:04pm

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cool post!   good resto info!


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#23 2008-05-20 7:25am

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Thats how I do mine too. It does work great. BTW you can also usually get used cheap bench grinders at pawn shops,flea markets, ect.  I got a older (80's) model Milwaukee with dual wheels for 15 bucks at a consignment shop. In excellent condition.

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#24 2008-05-20 7:28am

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Thanks Rividude--pretty clever!


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#25 2008-05-20 8:39am

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

I tried this last night, with a wrinkle:  I put the bolts in my drill press & held a brass wire brush up to them.  Worked great!  With the stability of the drill press, I was even able to clean off a stem's wedge bolt...

Thanks for the tip!


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