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« on: 06 January, 2018, 02:41:43 PM »

As I start working through the boxes of parts removed from my Fulvia during the rebuild I'm wondering what is the best approach to smartening up a lot of the corroded and rusty hardware.  De-rusting is fairly straightforward but I'm not sure what finish to try to achieve.  Has anybody on the Forum ever tried home plating?   Here's a kit advertised on Ebay, with a couple of before and after pictures.  Does this seem like a good idea, or something not to be touched with a barge pole?


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« Reply #1 on: 06 January, 2018, 02:47:47 PM »

I have such a kit if you would like to borrow it? Here it is http://www.lancia.myzen.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=6212.0
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« Reply #2 on: 06 January, 2018, 03:07:09 PM »

I have such a kit if you would like to borrow it? Here it is http://www.lancia.myzen.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=6212.0

Many thanks Richard - if I lived in the South East I might have taken you up on the offer but I'm a long way away in Lancashire.
 
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« Reply #3 on: 06 January, 2018, 03:48:18 PM »

I am about to embark on this, I bought a kit years ago and am thinking along the same lines as you. I am looking for a cadmium (yellowish) finish though
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« Reply #4 on: 06 January, 2018, 05:06:13 PM »

I am about to embark on this, I bought a kit years ago and am thinking along the same lines as you. I am looking for a cadmium (yellowish) finish though

Simon, this kit allegedly claims to also do a yellow finish - see wording from the Ebay ad below.  Have a look at the Gateros website.  They make it all sound straightforward but it's probably not, judging from the comments on Richard's previous post!


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« Reply #5 on: 06 January, 2018, 05:42:51 PM »

Norm, look for a metal refinishers in your area and let them do it whilst getting on with something else. I put a box full of nuts, bolts, small brackets, fixings etc ( 225 items) into my local platers, instructed them to plate them Zinc and Yellow passivate or Zinc and Clear if you want a silver finish. It took a week and cost 65.00, it`s a no brainer!

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« Reply #6 on: 06 January, 2018, 06:08:17 PM »

Plus one for what John said Norm! I bought one of these kits a few years back and the results weren't consistent for me. I guess it takes practice and you're left with a bunch of chemicals that you can't dispose of easily....

Glad to see Geoff is making progress with the welding, it looked worse that I thought it would be when I saw it just before Christmas but it'll be solid again soon!

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« Reply #7 on: 06 January, 2018, 07:19:47 PM »

Plus one for what John said Norm! I bought one of these kits a few years back and the results weren't consistent for me. I guess it takes practice and you're left with a bunch of chemicals that you can't dispose of easily....
Glad to see Geoff is making progress with the welding, it looked worse that I thought it would be when I saw it just before Christmas but it'll be solid again soon!

Yes Guy, stripping off the paint has revealed more problems underneath, but Geoff is a magician and I'm very pleased with progress!   I think I'll take your and others' advice about the plating.  Just need to find a metal finisher!
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« Reply #8 on: 06 January, 2018, 07:20:30 PM »

Norm, look for a metal refinishers in your area and let them do it whilst getting on with something else. I put a box full of nuts, bolts, small brackets, fixings etc ( 225 items) into my local platers, instructed them to plate them Zinc and Yellow passivate or Zinc and Clear if you want a silver finish. It took a week and cost 65.00, it`s a no brainer!
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Thanks John - I think I'll take your advice!
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« Reply #9 on: 06 January, 2018, 08:18:39 PM »

There are 2 metal finishers in Liverpool but they don't do chrome, I have been told there is one in Skem but I have not been able to find details.

Had chrome done years ago by Nyphos on Crewe.

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« Reply #10 on: 06 January, 2018, 09:34:26 PM »

There are 2 metal finishers in Liverpool but they don't do chrome, I have been told there is one in Skem but I have not been able to find details.
Had chrome done years ago by Nyphos on Crewe.
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Thanks Don.  The "Cars and Coffee Liverpool" group have given me some contacts to try: Quality Polishing in Bootle, Rockchrome in Seaforth, King and Fowler, and Northwest Ultrasonic.   I'll check them out.
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« Reply #11 on: 21 January, 2018, 03:21:09 PM »

Just been playing in the garage and set up a nickel plating system - very Heath Robinson, but seems to work. The solution is kept warm (32C) using a fish tank heater

The nut and bolt on the right were in the solution for an hour with about 2 amps running through it. There is definitely a difference and I am now running it again for longer to see if I can get a thicker layer. The bolt on the left for comparison , had just been cleaned up with a wire brush



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« Reply #12 on: 21 January, 2018, 03:40:05 PM »

I hope you obtained a permit from the local Marie Simon to operate said Heath Robinson device......  Grin
Interested to see how they finally turn out.

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« Reply #13 on: 21 January, 2018, 04:13:41 PM »

Just been playing in the garage and set up a nickel plating system - very Heath Robinson, but seems to work. The solution is kept warm (32C) using a fish tank heater
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« Reply #14 on: 31 January, 2018, 05:47:32 PM »

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