If you are interested in restoring your gold cad-plated components (booster, caliper brackets, and other brake brackets) but don't want the expense of sending them out for plating, you can do it at home. For our restoration project, we decided to apply a gold cad finish ourselves using a kit from Eastwood Products.
The products needed are Golden Cad, Red Zinc, Green Zinc, and Diamond Clear.
We would be lying if we told you that we weren't skeptical about obtaining a nice gold cad-like finish with some spray cans. In the end, we were very pleased with the results.
We started by media blasting the brackets followed by a good coat of primer to prep the metal. After that cured, we sprayed the brackets with the Eastwood Golden Cad for a base color. The key to getting the tint coat is fogging an even, light mist of Red or Green Zinc then laying on a coat of Diamond Clear.
01. The Golden Cad is gold for the base. The Green and Red Zinc tints cad-like specs, and the Diamond Clear gives the shimmery finish.
02. The brackets shown are in the four various stages of restoration: media blasted, primered, gold base and tinted, and cleared.
03. This close-up shot shows the finish a little better. In person it looks great!
Self-Etching Weld-Through Primer
When making sheetmetal repairs by lapping panels, it is critical to protect the metal under the lap joint. Eastwood's Self-Etching Weld-Thru primer combines the weld-through properties of conventional weld-able primers with the properties of self-etching primers. This offers superior protection for the underlying metal and the ability to paint over the repair.
For more information go to www.eastwood.com/cp613 or call 800.343.9353 source code CP613.