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Protecting newly nickel plated wishbones / anodised calipers

PostPost by: 661 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:42 pm

They do look nice and shiny when just done!
I thought wax for the wishbones and clear POR15 for the gold anodised rear calipers.
Although I like POR15 I suspect it would ruin the appearance of the wishbones.
What's the consensus, please?
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PostPost by: Elanman99 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:28 pm

I have no protection suggestions but curious about your aluminium calipers. Have you had some custom made?

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PostPost by: vstibbard » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:56 pm

I use Electrolysis Nickel on all my suspension parts now, left uncoated it stands up to stone etc, not to much bling and easily painted.

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PostPost by: mbell » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:16 pm

I'd be concerned about POR15 bonding as it needs a surface with a good key to bond. New metal needs special treatment to get it to bond, so not sure it will bond well with either surface.
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PostPost by: 661 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:37 pm

Elanman99 wrote:I have no protection suggestions but curious about your aluminium calipers. Have you had some custom made?

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I may have misled you through my wording.
They are standard rear calipers which have been refurbished by classicar automotive. They came back with a gold appearance which I assume is a coating produced by electrolysis.
There are some alloy rear calipers around. I think Dave Hughes made some a while back but sold them all.
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PostPost by: RichardS » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:24 am

I had my calipers refurbed by Classicar about 10 years ago.
I give them an annual wipe clean then use Carcoon CSP spray liberally everywhere.
They are still perfect!
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PostPost by: 661 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:17 pm

Excuse to show what the problem is;

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I've decided just to wax the wishbones but remain undecided with the caliper.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:58 pm

Boeshield is a great protectant of bare metal parts. Used in the Concours 'world'.
https://boeshield.com/

Not permanent and needs to be applied every several months or so.
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PostPost by: Chancer » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:19 pm

Interesting, has anyone any experience with the Blade & Bit product?
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PostPost by: 661 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:15 pm

That looks similar to the Carcoon product mentioned above. ( which I've ordered)
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