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Polishing Bolts

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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby WillyWonka » 02 Oct 2011 14:04

I used aircraft stripper and I used a grinding machine but of course too the grinding tool off and replaced it with a wire brush pad. This was before I used the machine. Still a little bit of loctite on the bolts.
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby FearlessRacing » 20 Oct 2011 20:45

I am making a thumbling machine for my bolts. I dont know if anyone has done this to there own bolts?
I am going to try it, seems like a cheape way for polishing bolts....

(exuse my english, im from holland)
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby ScottNicholas » 23 Dec 2011 21:20

Does anyone have before/after from coke soaking?
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby medjosh6 » 29 Dec 2011 20:30

WillyWonka wrote:I used aircraft stripper and I used a grinding machine but of course too the grinding tool off and replaced it with a wire brush pad. This was before I used the machine. Still a little bit of loctite on the bolts.
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THEY LOOK FANTASTIC.think i'm gonna try that. :thumbup:
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby Beware » 09 Jan 2012 02:40

I've just stripped my 2nd set of RS' and I'm going to re-use the bolts this time, so I have 120 from these 15's and 136 from the 1st set(16's) to pick out the best 120 to use. After reading this thread not much was said about the thread locker/loctite and if Pepsi or Vinegar is used to soak does it just get the rust/brake dust off or the loctite too?

I'm going to try some in both(Pepsi and vinegar) and see which works best, then scrub with some toothpaste or polish and a toothbrush.

Just out of interest though, the original BBS bolts are chromed are they not, or are they polished originally?
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby Beware » 16 Jan 2012 04:52

I found Vinegar to be the better stuff to soak them in, loosened everything up nicely.....a light scrub with a toothbrush, chucked them in the cutlery basket in the dishwasher and then finished the heads of the bolts with some super fine steel wool.
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby ignacio » 16 Jan 2012 16:37

I got my OZ bolts soaking in vinegar as well, hopefully they come out nice. I bought meguiar's all metal polish for my lips so I might use it on the bolts too just to give them more shine and a bit of protection.
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby yamahaSHO » 09 Feb 2012 02:43

Thanks to this thread, I took some of the advice here an picked up a bolt tumbler, in addition to some vine gar soaking. I've taken my recently purchased CCW Classics from this:

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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby Jimmy125 » 28 Apr 2012 20:34

Well i have just started to soak my bolts from my bbs rc041/42 in coke.

Interested to see the out come.

Will prob end up getting them chrome plated anyway as they are steal :roll:
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby jure » 30 Apr 2012 08:40

Best stripper that i used is HLC acid that you can buy in the markets for cleaning kitchen appliances. It is 19% concentrate.
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby appydavid1 » 31 May 2012 03:53

I think it is new experenice to mechanic...
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby Fatandre » 29 Jun 2012 21:29

I have some gold bolts that need some love. What should I do.

The bolts will be soaked in vinegar. Will that damage the gold?
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby vdubsunday » 26 Dec 2012 16:02

I know this is super old but just some stuff that's helped me. When doing plated bolts I usually just leave them in Coke over night and that's enough to clean them and shine them up. I also use a Cabellas tumbler with the media they sell for it. Leave them tumbling for about 24 hours and they come out pretty awesome
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby melkizedeck » 28 Feb 2013 03:34

Here is what looks like style 5 bolts, after at least 40h of dremel polishing and a lots of elbow grease.
Only love make you do thing like that.

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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby a112 » 28 Feb 2013 20:09

You can do that in 20 hours + - if you make a good schedule of work and use somewhat better tools. I'm preparing Speedline Mistral bolts for chrome plating at the moment and I want them to be as good as they can. I will report when I finish the polishing :)
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