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bry1975

Coloured Steel Wheel Bolts/nuts For Posers Opinions Please...

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Guys/Dudes,

Do you think DURABLE coloured so for example Copper, Gold, Black, Rose gold STEEL Wheel Bolt/Nuts would sell

well for say Audi, Range Rover, TVR kinda chaps?

Biggest concern would be durability but if the coatings are 2-3microns thick and 2,000HV hardness and installed

with a coating friendly socket I think they'll be FINE.

TIA

Bry

Sample coatings/colours below

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think its a winner bry......im a huge fan of some of your work bry and know the quality of the goods your doing is very high........i think there could be a market for this......would love the frames of my old raybans redone!

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Look good, wish I'd known I've got bike stuff crying out for this!

You might try a satin nickel - IMO it's quite a classy finish.

One of the things I always notice with plating/coating is that the object being coated is usually mass produced and therefore has no defining features - I always shave bolt and socket heads and sharpen up or nicely chamfer edges to make them distinctive/engineered looking... What would be cool would be converting the studs to stainless and using aero-nuts with a sharp coating...?

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Thanks for feedback guys.

Yup mass produced bolts etc are generally a lil rough I guess its all the Cold Heading, Upset forging etc!

Probably the best idea would be to have bolts/nuts CNC machined and if we wanted to improve thread strength/fatigue consider

roll threading or shot peening the bolts/nuts.

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Interesting idea but a few questions. Whats a 'coating friendly' socket? How

much would the final cost be? Is there anything similar on the bay?

Your second post mentions 'improving strength/fatigue', is this

a issue? Would hate to see you facing claims for damage or

god forbid injury caused by one or all nuts failing.

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Realistically I would start with coating mass produced wheel bolts/nuts as they'd have good tensile and fatigue strength as expected.

I think a non metallic socket so something along the lines of PA66-GF40%.

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Hi Bry,

Your wheel nuts look great but I think it might be a tough market to crack.

Mass produced anodised wheel nuts are widely available, very cheap and are generally pretty durable (I have a set on my Impreza).

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Thanks for the advice chaps. :D

Bry

P.S. One last question what's MORE DURABLE Sulphuric anodising or chromic anodising?

TIA

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you might get a better answer on somewhere like pistonheads or other car forums , im waiting to see whats next :)

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my attempt last night , this is a prototype btw...

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Unfortunately there are any number of places that will do various coatings of this sort of stuff. As an example a lad at work just had about every nut, bolt and clip off his Escort Cosworth that he is rebuilding done at a local place for twenty five quid. The bloke told him the price was the same for a few bolts or a box load.

Here's an interesting article on thread rolling vs cnc machining. One job I used to do required ground threads which was done on a couple of cnc grinders we bought.

http://www.mmsonline.com/articles/rolling-threads-has-advantages

:)

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Thanks Bond,

Will be good reading some time!

I'm quite a fan of Industrial Press books particularly the Machinery handbooks and manufacturing processes books etc.

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