Pre-1970 or so the hardware was a clear cadmium, dull silver coating. Later they used a gold cadmium finish.
Expensive to get the real cadmium finish anymore as the EPA deemed it a polutant.
I use the zink plating method witha 'brightener' chemical to mimic clear cad.
For gold there is a gold dip that really looks right.
When I am refreshing a car, I like to put all of the hardware from each small area into a labeled zip-lock bag. Then as I get to each area, the hardware is cleaned, bead blasted and plated using the Caswell kits. No lost parts, no trying to find what washer goes with what screw.
'64 Guilia Spider
'68 Giulia Super
Conservatives-we work hard, so you don't have to !
Last edited by 101/105guy; 03-21-2017 at 07:50 AM.