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NoYenko

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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2013, 11:52:56 AM »
Caswell plating kit is what I use also. Jim is correct if you sandblast the part it will rough up the surface too much. I glass bead all my parts with fine grade grit.
Having the ability to be able to plate just a portion of a part I find very helpful like the horn relay base and contacts. I really enjoy all the different plating process's.
The finish I would say looks comparable to the NOS relay. George

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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2013, 12:02:29 PM »
My process is not a Caswell kit.  ;)

Im too cheap to buy a kit and I enjoy trying to figure out my own way of doing things.  With the help of the internet of course.   ;D
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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2013, 05:15:07 AM »
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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2013, 12:30:11 PM »
Kurt, I actually posted that link a month or so back in another thread.  That is the same style setup as I am using.  Great info there.  I pretty much copied his setup  with very minor changes.
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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2013, 06:03:53 PM »
After a week off for home improvements   ::)   and cleaning up the garage due to the improvements I got back to doing a little plating..  I also polished the parts like Jim suggested.

Heres before



After cleaning



Then plating finished





Darrell Cook
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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2013, 07:16:11 PM »
WOW ,looks like you might have a little business going ! When I get to the sub frame I'll give you a holler !   caliper brackets ,dust shields ,horn relay

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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2013, 08:15:37 PM »
Ok sounds good just let me know !!  :-)
Darrell Cook
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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #22 on: October 28, 2013, 01:20:42 AM »
Those look great Darrell.  Are you interested in doing my seat parts?  Thanks, Scoop

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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #23 on: October 31, 2013, 01:20:18 AM »
This piece was rough..  It took a lot of wet sanding to get the metal smooth..

Before:



After & still drying:


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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2013, 10:23:52 PM »
After making my last post I was just not happy with the results of the master cylinder cap...  I guess you can chaulk it up to the OCD in me..  So over the past couple of days off and on I redone the piece to the point when I was satisfied.. 

After doing a little metal work on the cap..



Compared to the one I have one the 67 now..



Installed on the spare master cylinder..





Next will be the booster once I order more chemicals and setup a new larger container..
Darrell Cook
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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2013, 02:31:32 AM »
Looks great ,good for you ,will be sending my brackets out this week---steve.  Than post the finished product ,prior already online.

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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2013, 01:06:45 PM »
Ok sounds good..
Darrell Cook
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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2013, 01:30:07 PM »
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.

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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #28 on: November 06, 2013, 04:17:59 AM »
Great work, this makes me want to activate my tanks again.
THis is a wonderful example of DIY, step AWAY from the Eastwood plating in a spray can guys.

Your OCD is a good thing when you produce results like that.

Cheers,

Jim
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Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating
« Reply #29 on: November 06, 2013, 02:41:00 PM »
 The Eastwood spray finishes make a car restoration look cheap, IMO.
Aside from chrome, home plating for zinc and phosphates (Parkerize) is very easy and affordable for DIY.

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