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I'm getting ready to restore my 73 SS swivel bucket bases, including allthe tracks, mounting braces, levers, etc. and when I look at the parts from by car, it appears they were never painted from the factory, but some sort of galvanizing/phosphate/etc. don't know the correct term or finish. Definately not chrome, but no trace of old paint.

I'd like to see if I can get them redone factory. They'd probably need to be media blasted and then cleaned and re-phosphated-or-whatever the term is.

If it proves to be way too expensive, then I'll go the Eastwood paint "simulated phosphate" route. 

Does anybody know the origin of the finish and what it's called and if it can be redone? My parts have a lot of surface rust but not damage. Factory plastic knobs are in good shape.



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Kevin,

They were all just bare steel....no zinc or phosphate plating. I have had good luck with experimenting with powder coating.....it's a bit of an over kill but great results. If not....just soak all your parts in a rust remover and spray with WD40.

Here are pics of a restored seat with everything sand blasted and powder coated. Granted they are not bucket seats....but you get the idea.











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That looks awesome. Is the powdercoat a clear over the bare steel then?

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There is no clear at all....just powder.

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It looks like freshly stamped steel...

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Dan, totally awesome. Beautiful work and exactly the info and inspiration I needed, much appreciated.

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Always glad to help

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I sandblasted my seats and painted them a light silver. Metal surface does not show after upholstery is applied. I don't see the point of metal coating or even powder coat for that matter.  Its not like the interior  is subjected to salt or constant water contact. Besides most of our cars are not hundred grand rare limited edition models.  Some forget its therapy and a hobby one tinkers with for self enjoyment.   Not a Dunn & Bradstreet museum collection piece.   



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It was more about the seat tracks, runners, adjustment levers, in my case swivel lever, all those things are visible. I ended up soaking my rusted parts in vinegar and scrubbing them down and applied WD-40 for now. If I do complete restoration on this car I will do what Dan did above with the powder coating.

Dan, quick question: I ended up breaking the wire that links the lever to the opposite track release. It's got those min-coil spring-looking retainers that act like a safety pin. Mine was too rusted and broke up while trying to clean.

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Dan, sorry, didn't finish my question- do you know of a source for those parts? All the bigger coil springs survived the vinegar soak, just need that long thin wire with the coil spring looking loop-closers

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Kevin,

I would go pay a visit to the best Interior Shop in your area.....I have done this.....and made great friends with the owners.....visit a few interior shops and ask if they have these pasts.....most of them have a junk drawer of all kinds scrap parts.....my guy usually gives me what I need for free.....I usually drive by with my finished projects....they are very happy to see whatever I drive up with and they are happy they they were a small part of the project.

In the mean time I will see what I may have? You could also use a drum brake spring....a smaller spring may just do the job

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Clanceman427 wrote:

I'm getting ready to restore my 73 SS swivel bucket bases, including allthe tracks, mounting braces, levers, etc. and when I look at the parts from by car, it appears they were never painted from the factory, but some sort of galvanizing/phosphate/etc. don't know the correct term or finish. Definately not chrome, but no trace of old paint.

I'd like to see if I can get them redone factory. They'd probably need to be media blasted and then cleaned and re-phosphated-or-whatever the term is.

If it proves to be way too expensive, then I'll go the Eastwood paint "simulated phosphate" route. 

Does anybody know the origin of the finish and what it's called and if it can be redone? My parts have a lot of surface rust but not damage. Factory plastic knobs are in good shape.


 Kevin, I don't know if you recall or not, but I was soaking a lot of my stuff in Metal Rescue to bring back the natural look of steel back to my parts.

Once I achieved the look I wanted, I just used a semi-gloss clear-coat out of a spray can to achieve keeping that look over the long term.



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