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#1 Unstuck747 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 12, 2014 - 12:11 AM

If you have soaked your nuts and bolts in something to remove rust and other debris, what do you do about painting them?
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Posted April 12, 2014 - 05:09 AM

For most of the exposed bolts, I just replace them.  The rest are usually painted after assembly.  ~~  Lowell


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Posted April 12, 2014 - 06:32 AM

I tend to replace a lot of the rusty ones. For the ones that are specially marked or hard to find like shoulder head bolts  I will usually wire wheel them, prime and paint. If this is done far enough in advance any damage when attaching them is minor and can be touched up. 


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Posted April 12, 2014 - 08:50 AM

I will be putting my mf12 back together soon. My plan is like JDBrian. I have cleaned most up & primed. One thing I have noticed some leave a few of the bolts unfinished. I guess this is a personal choice.
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Posted April 12, 2014 - 10:01 AM

I tried to use orig fasteners back on all my big and small tractors. I bought one of those HF vibratory tubs with the grit to clean them. I ran it for hours and hours and rust never came off, just got smoother. What a joke that thing was. Spent plenty on the right grit (which isn't small) and all and was dissappointed.  I have always degreased and then use wire wheel on my bench grinder to clean each one, one at time. Harder to do on smaller ones, and be careful, they do Fly when they grab from your grip. I have the wheel guard and it directs them down to floor if caught. That is still best way to clean in my opinion. AND, just plain replacement on most common bolts is best. Seems tho a small bag of bolts you hold in hand is always a $20 or more bill at the check-out!


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Posted April 12, 2014 - 10:58 AM

If you have soaked your nuts and bolts in something to remove rust and other debris, what do you do about painting them?

 

 

Wire wheel and then clean with alcohal to get the oil off.. prime and paint..

 

Re assemble with anti-seize...


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Posted April 12, 2014 - 11:18 AM

How does it look if you leave new bolts unpainted?
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Posted April 12, 2014 - 12:18 PM

How does it look if you leave new bolts unpainted?

 

 I leave a lot of them unpainted when they are under the tractor out of sight. Also, if they were unpainted from the factory then I leave them unpainted. 


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Posted April 13, 2014 - 07:36 AM

If you have soaked your nuts and bolts in something to remove rust and other debris, what do you do about painting them?


I've done nuts and bolts the same way. After they're all cleaned up I usually hit them with the wire wheel to give them a profile for the paint to stick to. But lately I just blast them in the blast cabinet.
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