Refinishing hood hinges.

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  1. Blu-By-U 79Z

    Blu-By-U 79Z Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    So I cleaned up a set of hood hinges to bare metal. Then did some etch primer and satin black rustoleum paint hoping that it would not build so much that it wore the paint off. Well it looks like I was wrong SO.... im wondering how in the world can you refinish the hinges and avoid the paint getting rubbed off? Thanks
     
  2. 70lt1z28

    70lt1z28 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I don't know about '79's, but the early '70's didn't paint them they were plated with zinc phosphate which didn't rub off.
    Other than that, maybe powder coat is tough enough.
     
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  3. Blu-By-U 79Z

    Blu-By-U 79Z Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I wish i knew if they still made something that would treat them like factory did.
     
  4. BonzoHansen

    BonzoHansen Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

    i don't think you can avoid paint wear on them
     
  5. slayer021175666

    slayer021175666 Veteran Member

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    If you paint them, They WILL ALWAYS wear a bit where the movement rubs. There is no avoiding it. I have found however, that the thinner you can make the paint coat, the lighter the wear! I never prime hinges. Sand blast and paint only. Paint as thin as possible to get full coverage especially at places of movement. Also, use lithium on the surfaces that rub together! These points are EASY to find on newly painted hinges. Close the hood for the first time and re-open it. Might want to do this 3 or 4 times. Grease the places that show rubbing marks. :)
     
  6. CamarosRus

    CamarosRus Veteran Member

    Zinc Phosphate with a Rust Preventative Oil Coating
    like FLUID FILM or BOESHIELD T-9
     

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  7. 70lt1z28

    70lt1z28 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Palmetto Enterprises in Georgia sells the zinc phosphate chemicals. You need to glass bead them and then submerge in a 200F heated tank for 10-15 minutes. Remove and quickly spray with WD40 or Fluid Film. I have a stainless steel sink on a propane grill that works good for this.
     
  8. 70 SS/L78

    70 SS/L78 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    You can still get your hinges re-plated like they were originally from the factory. I've hear the Palmetto stuff works pretty good but never used it personally.. If you would rather not do the replating yourself then look for a plating shop in your area. Brakeboosters.com in California specializes in replating automotive parts in several types of finishes.
     
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