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#1 JonnyAlpha


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Posted 04 February 2020 - 08:28 PM



Reconditioning a Metro A+ 1275 Engine and building a spare front Subframe to drop the engine in.

After cleaning and de-rusting lots of the SH parts that I am re-using I need some advice on painting and electroplating.


Painting will be Etch Primed and then Engine Enamel

Electroplating is a choice of Bright Zinc, Zinc with Yellow or Black Chromate or Nickel, not sure which plating would be the most suitable and for what parts.


So far here are the parts in a list with my thoughts on whether to paint or electroplate - please feel free to advise:


Drive Shafts - Nickel Plated

Swivel Hubs - Etch Primed and Painted

Engine Oil Pipes - Nickel Plated

Engine Fuel Overflow Pipe - Nickel Plated

Most nuts an bolts - Bright Zinc

Swivel Hub End CV Joint - Etch Primed and Plated

Top Arms - Etch Primed and Painted

Tie Bars - Zinc Yellow Chromate or Nickel Plated

Adjustable Lower Arms - Body Etch Primed and Painted, adjustable insert Zinc - Black

Steering Arms - Not sure - either Etch Primed and Painted to match Hubs or Nickel

Subframe Lower Pins - Nickel

Subframe Tower Bolts - Bright ZInc


Here are some pics of the items that I have cleaned up - still got to Citric Acid soak them for a couple of days:


Subframe Lower Pins and Tower Bolts




Drive Shafts




Swivel Hubs and Steering Arms:











#2 DeadSquare


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Posted 04 February 2020 - 11:02 PM

Zinc plate the bolts and paint everything else.

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