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Hi, I am replacing the wood and bolts on the swing my dad made for my mom. I was thinking of making the bolts look like the are old bolts. Does anyone know if there is a product that will do this? Plan B is to paint the bolt heads black. I am using a clear coat on the wood that I am using.

 

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Jim

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How about buying regular zinc coated hardware & buffing the coating off the head with a wire wheel. Then you got rust where you want it & no rust where you don't want it.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm not allowed to play with torches so that is out of the question. But I do have some of the old hardware laying around that I took off the swing and I will scratch them up to see how they look.

 

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Jim

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I don't know if vinegar is the answer

 

I boil metal bass guitar strings in vinegar to clean them

 

I'm definatley a fan of trying to age them chemically though

 

painting them flat black is a sure bet for a classy look though

 

Pauly

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Check with a model railroad shop or a craft store. There are a number of products that you can brush on to metal or wood to create instant age or patina. ( http://www.jaxchemical.com/order.html ) When I had my model railroads up and runnng, I used them a lot to give new wood, rails, or rolling stock a lot of age in a hurry.

Suggestion, if I may. Try getting your hands on some plain steel bolts, treat them with a blackener and instant rust then buff them to give the desired look of wear and age. Coat them with a sealer and the look will last you many years.

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Coat them linseed oil and bake at 350 until black. It also makes them resistant to rust if they weren't stainless.

 

Ken

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Hi thanks for all the replies guys. Here is what I have gotten done so far. Here is a picture of the handles with one coat of clear coat on it with the stainless steel bolts in it.

 

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This is a close up of one of the bolts after I used a Dremmel wire wheel on it. It did make it shine thats for sure and I don't think it looks too bad.

 

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Any suggestions or questions would be greatly appreciated on this little project.

 

Chris I went to Walmart and checked out their blueing for guns and they said they wouldn't work with stainless stell.

 

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Jim

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true, blueing wont get stainless as dark as a normal metal. but if you remember some of the old model 12 winchester shots guns were blued over stainless. it tends to be a lil light and 50 years later with alot of handleing it shows through. could you switch to a normal steel bolt the blue or brown them??? just keep us posted im courious to how it comes out, which ever route you take. -chris

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I will look around town and see if I can find some steel bolts that are the same size as these.

 

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Jim

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