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

#51 2011-11-03 11:59am

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just polished up a couple of stems and used this method for the bolts. freakin' worked like a charm!!!! thanks!!!!


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#52 2011-11-03 2:25pm

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i used a rock tumbler s few times it works

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#53 2011-11-03 2:33pm

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Dremel makes a great little wire wheel that fits right inside the head of the bolt.  Great for those hard to reach places!!!!!  Happy restoring!!!  smile


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#54 2011-11-19 11:33am

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#55 2011-11-19 12:20pm

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83dback wrote:

just polished up a couple of stems and used this method for the bolts. freakin' worked like a charm!!!! thanks!!!!

Glad it Worked for ya... Many have tried other techniques... But this is still fast and easy...


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#56 2011-11-19 5:32pm

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

you can also soak them in wd40 for a day then hit them with a wire brush

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#57 2011-11-20 3:26am

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vince357 wrote:

you can also soak them in wd40 for a day then hit them with a wire brush

this is what I do also. wink cool


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#58 2011-11-20 9:48am

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

Vinegar works the same as well... Just like WD40... And costs less... But you don't get that blingy shine... And it does not smooth out some rough spots as well or as quickly...


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#59 2012-03-01 9:36am

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

I'm going to just add to Rividude's original post... this is just a slight variation anyways and his post is the reason I thought of this.

For those with a drill press, a wire cup works wonders with small parts and aluminum.  I like using it for many reasons but, the main ones are I don't have to change out the wheels on my grinder, it is convenient, and it is easy on my fingers.  I use a Black and Decker 3' Fine cup for most of my cleaning projects.  I'm not advocating not using gloves, but the pictures below just show how user friendly the wire cup is.  (Yes, the cup was spining in the second picture- I had my camera set for an action shot).  It took about 30 seconds to clean the entire chainwheel bolt.  It actually took me more time to find something that needed cleaning. 

Also, if you have a broken drill with a keyless chuck you can remove the chuck and use it to hold parts while cleaning and polishing.

http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy97/06vfr/chainwheelboltbefore.jpg
http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy97/06vfr/chainwheelboltduring.jpg
http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy97/06vfr/chainwheelboltafter.jpg

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#60 2012-03-01 11:23am

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Excellent... I use the same technique since I have a drill press as well... But Most people only have hand drills... So that is mainly why I showed that technique. That and I can sit at my work bench on a chair with a pile of nuts and bolts in front of me and just listen to my Ipod and knock out dozens at a time...

Thanks for sharing!!! cool big_smile


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#61 2012-03-20 6:39pm

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going to try this out!! cool

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#62 2012-03-22 11:37am

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going to try this out!! cool

You Won't be sorry... cool


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#63 2012-05-10 10:39pm

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#64 2013-08-28 6:58pm

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Bump for Someone who was asking... cool


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#65 2015-02-14 6:39am

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

This Needs to be a Sticky- I have done hundred of restores and the best I could work out was to make a steel wool q tip and try to bugger out rust, even after an OA bath or a Vinegar soak it is still a pain in the rear end.

Someone mentioned that dremal makes a brush that fits inside an allen (hex) head but I have never found one.

I finally searched and found this thread- DUH! I dropped an allen bolt into my drill and worked it over on the wire brush mounted to my bench grinder and WHAM! Minty Mint!

Thanks for the thread.


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#66 2015-02-14 7:13am

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

This really should be added to best of restoration / sticky section.


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#67 2015-03-13 6:09pm

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Jayrev67 wrote:

This Needs to be a Sticky- I have done hundred of restores and the best I could work out was to make a steel wool q tip and try to bugger out rust, even after an OA bath or a Vinegar soak it is still a pain in the rear end.

Someone mentioned that dremal makes a brush that fits inside an allen (hex) head but I have never found one.

I finally searched and found this thread- DUH! I dropped an allen bolt into my drill and worked it over on the wire brush mounted to my bench grinder and WHAM! Minty Mint!

Thanks for the thread.

That's Awesome... Glad it is still paying off for people...


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#68 2015-03-13 6:12pm

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butlerglc wrote:

This really should be added to best of restoration / sticky section.

This was a "Sticky" along with several other threads I have made... Some Mod Or Admin removed it for whatever reason I can only speculate about... hmm

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#69 2015-03-13 6:14pm

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^^^^ Strike that... I can't EDIT*... Seems that it's on the Sticky Section again. cool

Somebody was listening to the members. Good Form whomever you are... There, then gone, then there again... big_smile


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#70 2015-03-31 7:50am

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Not criticizing, but if I were restoring a bike I would only do this if I were then going to zinc plate or re-chrome the bolts.  If they were chrome, once you remove the chrome and Nickel/zinc/copper plating underneath with a wire brush, those bolts will surely rust/corrode again quickly and wont have nearly the finish they once did.  For riders it's ok, you'd be best to cover them in grease or light oil if you were going to use them immediately or you'll get rust/corrosion on the threads and if tightened down properly like a stem bolt would need to be, your threaded parts will "Bond" to the part they are threaded into. For restorations, if perfect replacement original type bolts werent available, without rechroming what I do is try 0000 steel wool and a chrome cleaner product from a car wax company as a lubricant (Turtle wax, Mcquires, Mothers, etc).  Remove as much rust as possible that way without damaging the original finish.

If that doesnt work, after wire brushing the bolt you can immediately prime and paint it black (most BMX hardware was either zinc, chrome, or black). Use a rust-conversion type of paint/primer in one like exo-rust or rustoleum.  Chrome plating bolts really isnt that expensive from the standpoint of a perfect restoration, usually a few bucks a piece if done as a set of items all getting the same chrome treatment.  That turns out the best final results.


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#71 2015-03-31 8:45am

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Using a wire brush, like the fine wire brush I use, doesn't remove the chrome on chromed bolts.  It is only going to remove the surface rust.  Same with a hardened steel bolt or nut, as in a grade 5 or grade 8 bolt.

As a matter of fact, it doesn't even remove the skin off of my finger if I touch the wheel while it is spinning.

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#72 2015-03-31 6:03pm

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Anyone have any tips on how to redo the black oxide finish on hardware?


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#73 2015-03-31 6:15pm

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Eastwood, a highly respected company catering to automotive restoration, has a few do-it-yourself black oxide kits.

http://search.eastwood.com/ppc/metal+bl … aQodQ0kAQw


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#74 2015-03-31 9:15pm

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Eastwood, a highly respected company catering to automotive restoration, has a few do-it-yourself black oxide kits.

http://search.eastwood.com/ppc/metal+bl … aQodQ0kAQw

That's cool
I see they have zinc kits as well.
I have bought from them before for the hot rod.
Anyone used one of the Eastwood kits?


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#75 2015-04-18 10:53am

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Not criticizing, but if I were restoring a bike I would only do this if I were then going to zinc plate or re-chrome the bolts.  If they were chrome, once you remove the chrome and Nickel/zinc/copper plating underneath with a wire brush, those bolts will surely rust/corrode again quickly and wont have nearly the finish they once did.  For riders it's ok, you'd be best to cover them in grease or light oil if you were going to use them immediately or you'll get rust/corrosion on the threads and if tightened down properly like a stem bolt would need to be, your threaded parts will "Bond" to the part they are threaded into. For restorations, if perfect replacement original type bolts werent available, without rechroming what I do is try 0000 steel wool and a chrome cleaner product from a car wax company as a lubricant (Turtle wax, Mcquires, Mothers, etc).  Remove as much rust as possible that way without damaging the original finish.

If that doesnt work, after wire brushing the bolt you can immediately prime and paint it black (most BMX hardware was either zinc, chrome, or black). Use a rust-conversion type of paint/primer in one like exo-rust or rustoleum.  Chrome plating bolts really isnt that expensive from the standpoint of a perfect restoration, usually a few bucks a piece if done as a set of items all getting the same chrome treatment.  That turns out the best final results.

I have built some of the best GT Show quality condition bikes using this method. And 5-10 years later not a single issue. Now I would imagine if the Bikes WERE riders that would be worse. The bikes I have restored do not get abuse from the weather or elements. No Rain or humidity etc. So I see your argument but as time has tested in my personal case it does not seem to be true. My Riders all have rust on them again etc. But not my resto's that i keep safe from inclement weather etc.


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