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Disclaimer: First off, let me state that I'm fully aware of the standard use of zinc plating, being a sacrificial layer to protect underlying metal components. It was never intended to be a solely aesthetic component, and that it losing it's luster over time is simply a function of it doing the job it was intended for. I would like to direct this discussion however into the light of a classic car restoration mentality. Zinc plating is both pleasing to look at with it's golden shine coupled with hues of red green and blue and a desirable provider of contrast where chrome or powder coat is unwanted or overstated. It can provide a level of OEM completeness and finish to even highly modified engines. It is for this reason that I have spent many hours prepping a multitude of parts for zinc plating. Considering all the work I've done already, I am now looking for ways to preserve the plating before I reassemble the various components that they belong to. I've considered clear powder coat or paint but given the different sizes and complexity of parts this will only work on a few of the large pieces. Small parts (screws, nuts, etc.) are always going to be impractical to PC or paint, and would likely chip during installation either way. Now I am asking members of HybridZ, what have you done or considered doing to preserve zinc plating? We've got enough old Hot Rodders, fabricators, platers and powder coaters not to mention our walking Wikipedia; someone else has to have thought about this! Some eye candy I saved from somewhere, just to get the wheels turning: