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Username Post: Painting assembly bolts        (Topic#352381)
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08-07-18 12:11 PM - Post#2742220    

I would like to paint the bolts before i assemble my truck. how do you paint them and Keep the paint from chipping off when tightening?

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08-08-18 08:19 PM - Post#2742410    
    In response to 427_4speed

Be very very careful....then touch them up.
Sorry, all I could think of.

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08-13-18 07:40 AM - Post#2742921    
    In response to 427_4speed

I baked my bolts on my Chevelle. It hardens the paint real good. Bolts still look good to this day. Don't use your everyday oven. I got a used toaster oven to use. Baked at 150-200 degrees for 30 minutes and then let cool in the hot oven.

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08-20-18 07:09 AM - Post#2743718    
    In response to johnhem

I bought a polished stainless bolt kit for the body on my 53 1/2 ton. I think it was $800. Includes all bolts and screws on everything. I am buying the chassis, blower and engine bolts bit by bit, not as painful that way. Polishing the washers is the hardest but my thumb is really shiny.

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08-20-18 03:03 PM - Post#2743788    
    In response to 427_4speed

I had a friend show me how to put masking tape inside the socket to cushion the metal to metal contact.

It is very easy on bolts.

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08-22-18 08:03 PM - Post#2744051    
    In response to Mercedes

as an example...when I paint oil pan bolts, I cut a piece of cardboard [8x12 or so] punch holes with a phillips and push each bolt in up to the head. dust with silver, wait about 30 minutes [your temp & humidity will vary] and spray a good coat. let dry in sun several days. when using colored paint, which will be thicker, use just enuf dust coats to get good coverage. more paint = easier pealing.
masking tape inside a socket is a good idea. may have to use a metric to get a good fit for some sizes. toaster oven sounds great in high humidity or low temp areas. I painted some and set them out in the 110 degree AZ sun. didnt take long to dry!
FYI. if you have a bolt which will have threads exposed...sand blast [or bead] threads, paint threads with silver. put the bolt in cardboard and paint head whatever color. silver is very thin, stops rust, ages well and will usually go thru a clean nut without problem.
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