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Painting Bolts
« on: September 13, 2018, 02:56:07 PM »
The obvious answer to my question would be to paint on the car. LOL.

How do you paint bolts? I ask cause I painted them off the car and it didn't work so well. The paint was a little too think and chipped too easy. Part of it may have been that not only did I put on too much primer/paint, but I don't think I gave the primer much to stick too. Maybe more sanding with 80 grit or something.

However, The original painted bolts could be wrenched on without destroying the paint. After a while they worn down. Anythoughts on painting bolts so the paint is at least somewhat durable? or do I just paint on the car?

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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2018, 03:09:27 PM »
The type of paint will matter when it comes to how well they hold up when you install them, but the best way is to paint them on the car.  If you use a good epoxy primer and good 2 part paint (and go lightly on the coats) you can get a good paint job on the bolts that will hold up well when installed.

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2018, 08:12:31 PM »
Even the best prepped/painted bolts may need a little help...I use  plastic {from a sandwich bag} over the  bolt so the wrench/socket has a cushion between them...Tight areas call for the baggie to be cut into small squares so you can spin it freely without binding/wrapping the plastic as it spins...Don't laugh it works...

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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2018, 03:04:10 AM »
I'm not laughing. That's a great idea.   :bigthumb:  Maybe even consider the blue tape used for painting?

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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2018, 06:31:43 AM »
I used the Eastwood plastic protective socket inserts. Works good on fender bolts as long as you do not overtighten the bolts.
http://www.2040-parts.com/sae-socket-and-wrench-plastic-insert-kit-4-piece-i1141481/

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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2018, 07:24:10 AM »
The baggie idea sounds good!  I'm going to try it.

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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2018, 10:56:01 AM »
I've used a baggie for a long time and works well.  Occasionally you have to do some touch up but that's ok.  Good luck.

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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2018, 11:36:10 AM »
FYI - 750-h2 those plastic sockets from Eastwood have been discontinued. 

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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2018, 11:55:13 AM »
I've had pretty good luck by wrapping the bolt heads with plumbers teflon tape, using a socket then removing the teflon. It doesn't get sticky like blue painters tape or duct tape would. I also usually have a small brush and touch up and chips that might occur once tightened.

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