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Old 04-10-2015, 01:25 PM   #1
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Cleaning up the lug nuts.

I got bored today, and as I was removing the locking lug nuts anyway, I decided to throw the lug nuts in the tumbler for a bit, they were looking a bit snotty. The first try came out pretty good, but I am still going to put black covers on them.

You can probably tell the difference between before and after.

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Old 04-10-2015, 06:21 PM   #2
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Looks much better. I have not used the caps, but have talked to people that have the caps and they stay on extremely well.
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Old 04-10-2015, 06:55 PM   #3
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A brass tumbler ?

Cool I have the large Dillon one I need to try this
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Old 04-11-2015, 04:48 AM   #4
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A brass tumbler ?

Cool I have the large Dillon one I need to try this
Yep! I used walnut media and some polish. Some were too far oxidized to look pretty, but they cleaned up nice. I put the black caps on anyway. I got the regular luv nuts to replace the locking ones from Woody.
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:02 AM   #5
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I need to do this to mine. I have about a shoe box full of rusty lug bolts.
Just to clarify, I didn't sell him the rusty one.
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:06 AM   #6
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I have a huge tumbler

Send them to me and I will clean them for you....NC
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Send them to me and I will clean them for you....NC
Thanks for the offer, but I actually need buy a sandblasting cabinet soon.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:53 AM   #8
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I need to do this to mine. I have about a shoe box full of rusty lug bolts.
Just to clarify, I didn't sell him the rusty one.
As a matter of fact, the ones you sold me are the nicest! Almost perfect!
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:57 AM   #9
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5 Lb. Metal Vibrator / Tumbler

This one is less than 60



there is a larger version too.
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Old 04-11-2015, 02:04 PM   #10
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a wire wheel on a bench grinder works well also
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Old 04-11-2015, 03:19 PM   #11
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a wire wheel on a bench grinder works well also
How right you are! I just took one of the cruddier ones and cleaned it up with the dremel with the wire wheel attachments. Took only a couple of minutes. I might even go back and redo all of the lug nuts.
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Old 04-11-2015, 03:51 PM   #12
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And just for kicks, I am curious how Plastic Dip will hold up. I have 3 spares, so looms like more experimentation is in order!

As a very important side-note, I can not stress strongly enough to wear gloves and eye protection when using the dremel with the little wire wheels! The wires can and will break off and go flying!
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Don't forget the anti-seize!

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Old 04-12-2015, 09:56 AM   #14
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Don't forget the anti-seize!

Wouldn't you know, I did! No big deal, I am putting new tires on this week anyway, so I can put a bit on then.
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On the current car, I just painted them Rust-Oleum satin black and called it done.

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