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  • Avataralykat
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    Good job Pete !

    John JonesJohn Jones
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    Details😁😁😁😁😁😁

    AvatarC.Hamburg
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    Nice! those look good.

    AvatarPete
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    More DIY zinc electroplating.Β  I have a Pre-A style oil breather that uses a spring to connect the breather to the engine block.Β  The spring was lightly coated with oil when I bought it so I knew it was raw spring steel, and over time it has developed some flash rust.

    This time instead of a vinegar pre-soak I dipped it in muriatic acid – it was cleaned and etched in a matter of minutes instead of days.Β  Neutralized with clean water, then used the same cell phone charger, zinc/vinegar/salt electrolyte, and zinc ingot bar to plate it.Β  20 minutes total, rotating every 5 minutes for even coating.Β  Light polish with steel wool when done.Β  Seems to be a easy way to refresh parts without having to send them off.

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    Plating process – negative side of charger connected to part that’s being plated, positive to the plating source (the zinc ingot).Β  The bubbles are the zinc being attracted to the spring:

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    What the part looks like when plating is done.Β  It’s dark b/c it’s wet; if it were to dry it would be lighter with a flat matte finish.

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    And after a light polishing with steel wool.Β  It doesn’t take much….it’s more like a few passes of wiping it with the wool.

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    I also made some nickel and copper electrolytes, but have yet to try and plate anything with them.Β  I’ve toyed with the idea of re-plating my copper Hurst shifter, but I’d hate to screw it up.Β  I’m on the hunt for a cheap broken one to try it out on.

    AvatarRustabus
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    Hell Yeah!!! DIY Awesomeness!!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    Sunday cruise for some froyo and a large hot dog.

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    AvatarFranz
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    Always looking good. πŸ‘

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    AvatarBBWB
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    Killer Ghia. It photographs really well.

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    AvatarRustabus
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    Yup! Fucking Awesome!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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