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Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Steel, Aug 21, 2006.
Does anyone know of a place where I can send my old hardware and have it yellow cad plated?
Interesting question. I would think that it would become more difficult to have stuff Cad plated since more current industry standards (like RoHS) no longer permits it. I think it’s because cadmium is very toxic if burned.
Why do this? For corrosion? I would think it would be cheaper to just buy stainless hardware.
I had some stuff done here in KC, but there was only one place that would do it.
Sent them a coffee can full of bolts and carb linkage parts, about 10# worth and they did a nice job and charged me $75. Don't know whether that is high or not as I had no comparison. Cad plating is getting much harder to find.
A pic of some of the parts....
I think the other guys are right about cad plating...I checked around a few years ago for some antique motorcycle work and a lot that used to do cad no longer did. If you check Hemmings you won't see any platers advertising cad.
Has anyone tried the do-it-yourself kits that Eastwood and others have? They look like they'd work great for nuts and bolts and small brackets.
I looked hard last year for same thing. ended up using a lot of stainless on exterior and came up with something that turned out pretty decent for the bulk of the interior bolts.
I took the cadmium bolts, a few nuts, a few brackets, etc. blasted them in cabinet, then degreased. Later when painting body items... I used a gold colored primer that had some type of phosphating agent , then light coat of brass colored enamel and then clear coated them with ppg concept 2000 using a wire mesh screen stand to hold them upright. After about a week the coating was very hard and fairly durable.
during installation of them, I used brake caliper grease in a tube on the threads, It doesn't bleed in the heat. I am very pleased in the look and am hoping they hold up for decades without seizing, rusting, etc.
Yes, trying to keep the orginal hardware looking new. I guess any type platting that looks yellow/gold will do.
Try here:http://tinyurl.com/osuq7 They make many home plating kits.
A local guy (Des Moines) had to take his early E-Type goodies over to Lincoln, NE for cad plating ... and they weren't very excited about doing it and asked him not to spread the word.
Seems - as stated eralier - its not environmentally friendly and they'd really rather do the same pieces over and over again for a manufacturer rather than for "hobbyists".
He had tried the Eastwood home plating kit and wasn't satisfied with the results.
SOR sells bulk OEM style yellow cad-plated nuts and bolts in 10 packs.
Most 10.9 (auto) grade bolts n nuts come yellow zinc plated...