best way to clean old bolts

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  1. dcozzi

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    Soak them for a day in Simple Green. Swish 'em around and rinse off.
    Put a cheapo steel Goodwill tray in a plastic bucket do the baking soda and water, battery charger trick for another day. Presto! Clean non rusted nuts, bolts and washers for a couple bucks.
    There are a lot of ways to do it if you are not in a hurry. If you are, buy a tumbler but, you still wait overnight and grease your walnut shells in the process.
     
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    Just curious what other people have done. Its not a restoration situation, so doesnt have to be perfect, I just want the bolts to look good.[/QUOTE]

    This an expensive option. But if this is the sort of thing you'll do for a long time. Then its worth while. You can get a tumbler. Any kind im sure works great. A model I was looking into is made by Eastwood. https://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-5-lb-tumbler-with-media.html
    They range from 100 to 250 dollars. Im sure you can find cheaper. But this looks like a great way to get rust off bolts and polish them like new overnight.
     
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    This an expensive option. But if this is the sort of thing you'll do for a long time. Then its worth while. You can get a tumbler. Any kind im sure works great. A model I was looking into is made by Eastwood. https://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-5-lb-tumbler-with-media.html
    They range from 100 to 250 dollars. Im sure you can find cheaper. But this looks like a great way to get rust off bolts and polish them like new overnight.[/QUOTE]
    Looks like they use some type of green media to get these cleaned up. To save folks the hassle cat litter does not work.
     
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    this was cool to watch! I remember doing this in high school chemistry class 30 years ago!!
     
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    SEM trim black is some good stuff. I have used it for years.
     
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    SEM trim black is great paint but I'm pretty sure I actually used the SEM self etching primer on the bolt heads. (Not paint)

    I DID use SEM trim black on my grill and rocker panels and it's held up better than I ever expected (for over ten years) on those exterior parts.
     
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    Is that the name of the product or simply a contraction of the name?
     
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    SEM is a company name.
    They make quite a few automotive paint products including interior "dyes".

    SEM Self Etching Primer (Black) #39673 (It has an acid content is very nasty smelling stuff.)
    SEM Trim Black #39143
     
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    Ok thank you. :)
     
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    The tumbler works GREAT!!
    Takes a while but good job!
     
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