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Polishing Bolts

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Polishing Bolts

Postby Ian K » 20 Jan 2008 20:12

Normally when i refinish a set of split wheels and i am reusing the original bolts i polish them one by one on my table top buffer. This gets old after about the 15th one, and when you are doing 130+ it takes alot of time and kills my back. I was thinking of picking up one of those inexpensive bolt/nut polisher/tumblers from harbor frieght and some media and trying that out to see if I just let them sit in there for a few hours if that will do it. Has anyone had any experience doing this? I have used these tumblers before when i used to restore aircooleds, but never thought of it until now for wheel bolts. If you have used it or have any ideas can you tell me what media i should use for polishing them? Thanks
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Postby zerolux » 21 Jan 2008 02:39

yeah i've been thinking about these too. i really do little more than let the the nuts and bolts soak in WD-40 i'm so lazy with it.

i can't see why they wouldn't work. even if you only did a wheels worth of bolts at a time, these would be plenty big. $40
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=93252

caswell has info for them too.

http://www.caswellplating.com/buffs/vibratory_tumblers.htm
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Postby Ian K » 21 Jan 2008 02:48

yeah, thats the one i was looking at. I think ill pick it up and give it a shot. I just have to look into what kind of media to use to polish them.
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Postby stealthstylz » 21 Jan 2008 11:47

Thats a mini version of what they use to ceramic polish wheels they work really well in my experience.

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Postby Ian K » 21 Jan 2008 12:33

how does the ceramic polishing look? Im curious.
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Postby TheNeek » 21 Jan 2008 14:27

I recently had 120 bolts tumbled at my machine shop. Not sure what the media was. It didn't remove everything. He didn't want to tumble them too long because he claims that it will make the threads loose eventually. The tumbling removes usable material from the threads as well.
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Postby Ian K » 21 Jan 2008 19:32

harbor freight has some media that is made of a silicon or something that is supposed to clean out the threads w/o damaging them. Ill try that out first before i move up to something more abrasive if i do. Thanks for the warning
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Postby heartagram » 23 Jan 2008 14:06

These were my tools last night :(

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Postby TheNeek » 23 Jan 2008 14:27

Any chemicals? Or did you just use crest?
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Postby heartagram » 31 Jan 2008 16:07

haha, they were just dirty more than anything. So I let them soak in diet coke over night which brought most of them up fine. Then just got some car shampoo stuff in warm water and give them a quick once over. Most of them needed like 3/4 seconds worth of work but some were pretty manky and needed a couple of mins.

Took me about 2 hours in total, proper pain in the cock!

Thing is, I know for a fact I'll keep on top of them for a couple of months then let them slip and have to do the whole process again :lol:
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Postby freeze plug » 18 Feb 2008 01:45

i did all these with a dremel, it took me forever

128 bolt spacers

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Postby Ian K » 18 Feb 2008 10:11

haha, you have alot of patience! :lol: So far ive done about 500 RS bolts by one by one on my table top buffer. i bought the tumbler and its great for cleaning them, i just need to get a polishing/buffing media for it. Im going to pick up some treated corn husks from caswell soon and give it a shot.
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Postby MrSuave » 18 Feb 2008 19:41

jesus, you guys have more will power than me!.

i took mine to a local metal refinishers. they acid dipped them to remove the crappy paint, polished them and rechromed 120 of them for £25. cant argue with that. and no damn back/wrist/head ache 8)
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Postby Oli » 21 Mar 2008 13:42

i just cleaned up a set, put them in a plastic tray and filled it with muc off. left them over night and rinsed them.

came up like new, but i forgot to dry them off, so ended up repeating the process but using vinegar instead of muc off.

worked a treat.
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Postby oldskoolmk2 » 21 Mar 2008 15:29

2 litre bottle of coke for a few days then bolted everything up and went over with a drill mop.
came up LURVELY.
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