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Old 02-25-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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Cleaning lug bolts.

I just picked up 20 used lug bolts. They need to have some dirt and a little surface rust removed so I can hit them with spray paint. Short of an ultrasonic parts cleaner (which I don't have access to), any suggestions? I've heard of using vinegar. I know I can use a wire brush or wire wheel on a drill or table grinder, but they're a pain to hold, and I always end up grinding off skin when I do that.

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Old 02-25-2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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Use brake cleaner and a wire brush.

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Old 02-26-2013, 05:04 AM   #3
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Good thread, but I was more interested in ways to remove the rust without using a wire brush. Sounds like I'll have to bite the bullet and wire brush 'em.
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There is also a rust remover liquid you can buy to soak the parts in overnite. Any auto restoration supplier should sell it.
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There is also a rust remover liquid you can buy to soak the parts in overnite. Any auto restoration supplier should sell it.
Naval Jelly? Anyway, boiling for a few minutes in vinegar cleaned them up nicely. Guess I'll wire brush a little before I paint 'em. Thanks all.
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Not Naval Jelly. There's many brands, but something like this, from a quick Google:
Evapo-Rust
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No need for jelly or rust dissolver. And no need to wire brush with hand. Use a table wise to hold the bolt and use a drill with the below wire brush attachment. Comes out clean in seconds. And will look nicely polished. However, it will show rust again very soon. Paint them.

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Old 02-27-2013, 06:37 AM   #8
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No need for jelly or rust dissolver. And no need to wire brush with hand. Use a table wise to hold the bolt and use a drill with the below wire brush attachment. Comes out clean in seconds. And will look nicely polished. However, it will show rust again very soon. Paint them.

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Yah, that's kinda what my last post said. Wire brush (I have a drill-mounted brush) and paint.
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