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Old 03-09-2010, 02:13 PM   #1
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Hello, I am currently working on a sort of special project where I need two U-bolts. I'm not sure of the exact measurements at the moment, but I would guess that they need to be about 4" in length. Maybe 3". Anyway, my question is, does anyone know where I could find some U-bolts that are black? Or maybe even covered in a black plastic? I just have to put them into a location where things might scrape up against them, and I need them to be black. I can paint them, but I'm worried they'd get scratched and I'd have to constantly re-paint black.

So, anyone know where I could find such a thing? I looked at local hardware stores and all they have are typical silver U bolts. Let me know if anyone has any ideas.

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what size of U-bolt as in, what diameter round stock are they needed to saddle?

you mentioned a length but I am not sure what actual dimension you are referring to with that.


and depending on what they are being used for, it might make a difference as to suggestions for a black u-bolt.

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If a Black Oxide finish will work for you , then here you are.

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/u-b...rch&sst=subset
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Or maybe even covered in a black plastic?
Ayuh,... Slip a piece of hose or tubing over it, before it's assembled...
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Sorry for not posting back about this sooner...

Also, sorry, I didn't (and still don't yet) have the proper measurements you were asking for. The reason I don't know these things is because I am using these U rings as holsters on the sides of an arcade machine to hold the plastic guns there. See the attached pictures. On my first arcade I made, I just painted them U-rings from the store black. It works ok, except they get all scratched up from the inserting and removal of the guns.

So it's not exactly the standard use for a U-Ring, so that's why I was referring to it in inches instead of pipe size, sorry.

I was thinking just like about 2 inches between the two bars, and then the bars of the U needed to be about 3 or 4 inches long.

Black Oxide would probably be fine. I will have to check the measurements to see if any of the ones you linked would work.

Regarding the hose or tubing idea, what exactly did you mean by this? U-bolts are really thin, and I'm not sure where I would find black tubing that would fit over that specific size....

Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
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how about this:



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That link didn't work, but I did find Black Vinyl Tubing elsewhere. They might even have it at the store in the gardening section. Now I have something to base this on when I go to the store to look! Thanks a lot!!!
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Just as a suggestion,You could go to menards and get a holster that you use for screw guns on a tool belt. With a little modification, it might look pretty good and protect the Gun
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They might even have it at the store in the gardening section.
Ayuh,... Any quality Hardware Store will have several flavors,+ colors of plastic Tubing in their Plumbing section...
3/8" Pex would give a flash of Color,+ easily fit over a 5/16" u-bolt....
5/8" Pex will slip over a 1/2" u-bolt...

U-bolts themselves are probably available at the same store...
Exhaust clamps for autos are another option, although they'll be plain ole steel,...
The Hardware Store should have 'em cadium plated,....
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OR,

paint the U-bolt black...

cover with clear plastic tube... easy to find in size you need.

Then Replace tubing when worn & machine has made you $ 5K

Please send commision check to NATHAN...
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I like the tubing idea the best--however--There is a product for coating tool handles,I think one brand is Plasti-dip. That would work but might be pricey.
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They have something called heat shrink tubing you use for electric connections. It comes in various widths to accomodate different wire guages.
There's also a product that is used to insulate the handles of pliers that is a viscous liquid plastic. You dip the handles into it and it coats the metal. Numerous coats can be built up to get to the required thickness.
I can't remember the name, but "Liquid Plastic" rings a bell.
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