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    Nickel plating

    Looking to start doing this on my current projects, just to save on endlessly sourcing new bolts all the time...
    anyone doing their own stuff, tips, and sources for nickel etc? Thanks, Al
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    Unless the fasteners you're sourcing are rocking horse poo - eg, Cycle thread - it's not worth it.

    I know two people who have set up to do it at home. Used the gear maybe twice and put it aside. Both Vintage nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumph View Post
    Unless the fasteners you're sourcing are rocking horse poo - eg, Cycle thread - it's not worth it.

    I know two people who have set up to do it at home. Used the gear maybe twice and put it aside. Both Vintage nuts.
    it's the prep part that is the limiting factor i find these days, plating might be lovely but spolied by poor prep

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    Thanks for your input guys, I don't really mind the prep work wrt bolts, nuts etc, but it is all starting to seem a big faff around...as you said!
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    You rarely see Nickel plating these days. Most silver bolts are zinc.

    I’ve used a place in penrose in Auckland who’d do little chas jobs for me when rebuilding bikes. I’d give them a new bolt and say, “make like this”

    I’d wire buff and then wire together ebpverything. Be careful though as most places are set up for bulk and they lose a few in the tub don’t care, but when it’s something special like a axle, or spacer or swing arm pivot etc, it can be a pain….so be very explicit with them on what you give them….so they know if anything big is missing.

    Nickel I think is poisonous or something, Zinc is also sacrificial. As in it degrades as part of the protection process. I’m no expert, so if someone has better info, by all means correct me!

    There’s also a process I’ve seen called electroless nickel plating I think or something that sounds like that that looks good, but is a little different in finish

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    if you were doing a vintage project where everything had to be 100% then nickel would be preferred for brightwork, but chrome has taken over from that. Top quality chroming still uses nickel as the top layer of chrome is porous (= rust)
    So triple plating is copper to bond with the steel, nicklel for the next step and chrome last of all, which bumps the price right up.
    Info herehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrome_plating
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    Yep, I do have some stuff I am going to get rechromed but I just fancied the idea of refinishing some of the original fitment stuff, like chain adjusters etc, myself. I am looking at the electroless as a compromise...
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    So my project is 2x SL125 Hondas. One will be mint and as near to factory as it is worth me doing and the other will basically be, best of the rest...I did etch primer on both frames today.Click image for larger version. 

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    I played with zinc plating a little while back, this guys recipe is a great starting point:

    https://yamaha-enduros.com/index.php...lating-process

    similar to nickel plating?

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    All the hondas incidental bits will be bright zinc I would have thought .
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