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« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2013, 06:52:56 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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« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2013, 07:02:29 AM »

My process is not a Caswell kit.  Wink

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.   Grin
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« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2013, 12:15:07 AM »

This guy has lots of good info:
http://home.comcast.net/~rt66tbird/website/zincplating.html
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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2013, 07:30:11 AM »

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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« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2013, 01:03:53 PM »

After a week off for home improvements   Roll Eyes   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





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Darrell Cook

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« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2013, 02:16:11 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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« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2013, 03:15:37 PM »

Ok sounds good just let me know !!  :-)
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Darrell Cook

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« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2013, 08:20:42 PM »

Those look great Darrell.  Are you interested in doing my seat parts?  Thanks, Scoop
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« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2013, 08:20:18 PM »

This piece was rough..  It took a lot of wet sanding to get the metal smooth..

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After & still drying:


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« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2013, 05:23:52 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..
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Darrell Cook

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« Reply #25 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.
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« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2013, 08:06:45 AM »

Ok sounds good..
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« Reply #27 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.
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« Reply #28 on: November 05, 2013, 11:17:59 PM »

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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« Reply #29 on: November 06, 2013, 09:41:00 AM »

 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.

Mike
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