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661  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating on: November 06, 2013, 08:39:27 PM
  Hi Janobyte,

  Surface prep is THE most important factor in the outcome of the final finish with phosphate. Just like when painting a car.
I will wash a part in a degreaser first, sand or glass bead it, another round of degreaser, then I will put the parts in a semi-boiling water pre bath to float off any remaining oils (rarely none at this stage) then directly to the phosphate solution that has been preheated to 180-190 degrees. After the fizzle slows or stops or if I feel there is enough deposited then I remove the parts and run them through another clean water rinse. Quickly dry and then right to the Dri-Touch oil treatment.
  If you have any oil on the parts then it will show as blotches.
Yes, you can reuse the solution over many times until it is exhausted. I store it in a plastic container when not in use. Use a stainless steel container to heat the phosphate solution. I recommend either a copper bottom or a metal diffuser under the pot to avoid any hot spots that can lead to scale buildup at the bottom.
  The nice thing about a DIY is you save money and there is always that part you missed and now you can treat it at home. I use a Coleman camper burner in the shed so as not to bring the fumes in the house. I got the SS pots at a dollar store and also use stainless steel baskets to hold the small parts for the bath.
Try it. I think you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is.

Mike
Thanks, I'm going to start this weekend following above-verbatim.
662  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating on: November 06, 2013, 10:36:04 AM
Do the colors remain uniform during phosphate coating ? When my hood hinges came out of the blast cabinet, noticed OE color varied. Never any rust on them , just paint and undercoat overspray. Varies from dark to light gray. Springs light gray throughout. If  that's the way they are suppose to look, I'm leaving alone--but I don't know. Also is it a one time use with chemicals, once heated ? 
663  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Movie / TV Camaros on: November 05, 2013, 03:55:14 PM
Don't forget about the 69 in that one "commercial"  --- the one with all the side effects !
664  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 63K mile '69 Sport Coupe on: November 05, 2013, 01:39:27 PM
All good Grin
665  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 63K mile '69 Sport Coupe on: November 05, 2013, 08:15:12 AM
If someone's interested, can always shoot him a personal email---I see the other side of it. I see it as we sort of get an opportunity to purchase before it hits mainstream. I can see ,by no means ,turning this site into Auto Trader. Nothing wrong with like minded individuals giving a heads up before it ends up in the hands of someone holding it for ransom. aka the $1800.00 alternator.
666  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: new restoration endevour on: November 04, 2013, 01:54:04 PM
Agree 100% of the fore mentioned--shoot pics of everything, and what you find under the paint---proof. We are at about 400 and counting ( they add up)! half are the painters.
667  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating on: November 04, 2013, 08:30:07 AM
Shipping out tomorrow--FedEx , I'll email you the prior pics so you can do before/after. I'm going to start playing with phosphate next weekend---my fasteners. Palmetto appears to be the way to go.
668  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: new restoration endevour on: November 04, 2013, 07:22:39 AM
Some guys will say leave it , "survivor"---I understand. If you try to repair , you will never blend the paint in without it showing. I had mine touched up for stone chips around 20 years ago---all I saw when the sun hit it. Many strong opinions but mine is fix it right. I hung my hat on original paint survivor for many years. Say what you will ,it is in a state of dis repair. But I guess one man's rust is another's "patina". Bottom line your call, if everyone felt the same every car in here would look the same.
669  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: new restoration endevour on: November 03, 2013, 04:47:42 PM
Darn , got tired of the imperfections and finally decided to pull the trigger on a paint job---guess I'm going to be stuck with "another" over restored ,low mileage ,numbers Z....

Seriously though , I have never seen the dashes weep. What kind of climate was the car stored in ?
670  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct engine paint suggestions please! on: November 02, 2013, 09:37:52 PM
Come on ! no trace of orange on my OE manifolds , maybe it burned off. Somewhere it boils down what looks good. vs. perception of "correct"
671  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating on: November 02, 2013, 09:31:32 PM
Looks great ,good for you ,will be sending my brackets out this week---steve.  Than post the finished product ,prior already online.
672  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: what a joke...... on: November 02, 2013, 05:18:02 PM
buyer beware--- I'd go with a little M.

673  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Antenna - Rear Quarter on: November 02, 2013, 02:15:03 PM
My 68 z ( no spoiler originally from factory ) had it in the rear  build date : 4th week in April.
674  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: new restoration endevour on: November 02, 2013, 02:03:03 PM
I agree, looks like a great solid car plus you have history with it. Wonderful combination. Post your pics and might as well doc your numbers as you go---everything. Not sure who keeps the data base on 69's ,someone should post shortly. I'm in the middle of mine with the thoughts " when it's done it's done "  Kid's in college so the Z is second priority. I can not think of a question you might have that is not posted here, have fun !
675  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 68 Z/28 caliper bracket part numbers on: October 31, 2013, 01:41:50 PM
small ones appear to be natural or silver cad--not 100% sure ,need someone with a 68 Z to verify.
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