You can use VHT or about any clear coat.....Then after installation, I went back over(touch up) with clear Testors modelers clear with a modelers brush. My brackets, bolts,etc, have been done over 10 years now with no problems.
Yea, I use an over the counter rattle can of semi-gloss or flat clear coat. Only tip I have to offer is watch up for excessive build up on the threads as that can make re-installation difficult. Touching up with a paint brush with c.caot sprayed into cup works great after install.
'Genny' 1964 1/2 coupe Cascade Green
'Jessie' 1966 coupe Arcadian Blue
Wire brush (power is best) and only spray the heads! Idaho Stranger is spot on
as to torque tension problems if you spray the threads, they will never rust any way.
I sometimes do an old detailers trick, spray paint on a 4x4 piece of aluminum and brush paint the heads, then your socket wont knock your coating off.
I've been using rattle can clear coat for all my restored/cleaned up bolts as well. I use various flat scrap cardboard pieces with a bunch of different sized holes to pop the bolts through so I only coat the heads.
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