Can you make hardware black ?

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Forum topic by willhime posted 06-20-2015 06:28 PM 889 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2015 06:28 PM

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Building a chicken coop, of course the one that was decided on has black hardware (hinges, botls, or anything else metal). I have all the hardware on hand in my shop but don’t want to spend the money on buying all pristine brandnew hardware at a big box store. Is there a way to either paint or dye normal galvanized, silver, stainless, etc black? I remember seeing some you tube video where a guy had a bottle of very viscous liquid that he was dunking a huge q-tip like brush, kind of lollipop shaped actually. I attempted with some auto black engine enamel which has worked great in the past for it’s durability and temperture tolerances, but here, I tried that and then some rustoleum matt black stone spray and both were hideous after trying to re-drill back in to the wood (5/16 lags, 5” long). Is this possible?

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#1 posted 06-20-2015 06:43 PM

No direct experience, but a quick google turned up this interesting thread:


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#2 posted 06-20-2015 08:52 PM

I rebuilt the wooden gate on my back fence earlier this spring and I reused the original hardware cause I’m cheap like that. Anywho, I just used flat black spray paint on the hardware after I cleaned the rust off and carefully put it all back together. I did predrill all the holes first though to make it easier. After it was reassembled I just touched up some spots with the rattle can, granted the whole gate is black though. You could cut some holes in some cardboard to mask the areas around the hardware that you don’t want black.

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#3 posted 06-23-2015 05:52 PM

Use a muriatic acid bath to remove the galvanizing. The heat cherry red with a torch. After it cools, brush lightly and spray with polyurethane. End result? Black hardware.


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#4 posted 06-23-2015 06:08 PM

I had SS screws to hold my black mailbox on the post. I sprayed them with rustoleum black. It was simple and after a year, they are still black. After installation I touched up the head with some more paint on the end of a small kids paintbrush (sorry, kids).

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#5 posted 06-23-2015 06:26 PM

I would use Rustoleum spray. It’s a chicken coop. Or go buy black gate hardware and reuse the galvanized stuff elsewhere.

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