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Old 08-23-2013, 07:36 AM
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I've had decent results by;

Soaking the bolts & nuts in parts cleaner for a few hours.

Taking my Dremel & wire wheel to clean the threads.

They are not bright & shiney like new ones but are very usable. On some I use ' School Bus Yellow'. From ace hardware. Or epoxy almond for the white. It all depends how exposed they are? My cubs are NOT museum things. They work & my only concern is to spiffy them up a bit.

On some of the nuts I do re--thread them if they are screwed up.

It dont cut grass, but its yellow.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:05 AM
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I have three methods of part revival that will work for nuts and bolts.




Big and Small use Black Magic grit, Slow uses Washing Soda, and a GT battery with a charger.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:31 AM
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Wow you r set up ! do these spin or viberate ? Does the black magic work well, is it like a sand ? Im just looking to knock some of the krud off after the vinager bath.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by dag1450 View Post
Wow you r set up ! do these spin or viberate ? Does the black magic work well, is it like a sand ? Im just looking to knock some of the krud off after the vinager bath.
They both spin, the "Small" was an epoxy mixer, works great!!

Maybe you could make one out of an old Cub Cadet transaxle!!
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:13 AM
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Matt G has a good write up on his site about replating bolts.
This ain't no's an addiction
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Old 06-07-2019, 04:28 PM
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Default Citric acid bath

I clean the hardware with acetone then put it in a citric acid solution (1 Cup to a gallon of water).

For a container I picked up one of those cheap plastic storage totes at an after charismas clearance sale. let sit 24 hours take them out then a couple of seconds with a wire wheel. It wont fix any pits but it'll shine like new. I've done an entire Brinly plow, an 1890 Oliver plow, & all of the rusty parts on my 127 this way.

Citric acid is the stuff in Catsup & Coke that cleans rust. Any way you can buy in on amazon or eBay (its the same stuff that goes into your wife's bath bombs) I like to dissolve it in hot water (gallon or so) and add the rest of the water. it non GMO, gluten free and most importantly non toxic. it doesn't off-gas like electrolysis and doesn't require special handling or special disposal.
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Old 06-07-2019, 06:51 PM
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I see you are new, welcome to OCC
You have replied to a post over 6 years old.
Thank you for the info, but you might get more recognition if you started a new post.
Just a FYI, no offence.
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:29 PM
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Plain old white vinegar for rust.
Mineral spirits for oil/grease.
Ya gotta get the grease & crap off first before the vinegar will touch the rust.
Then a trip to the wire wheel on the bench grinder.
Vinegar turns the rust to mush and the wire wheel takes it off.
Then toss 'em into a can/jar with a little diesel/solvent/mineral spirits whatever to keep 'em clean tiil Ya need em. I use peanut butter or mayonaize jars. Shake 'em up once in a while.
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