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Polishing Bolts

How to split and rebuild them. Where to find spares. Want gold bolts, wider rims, flat caps etc.

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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby kgw » 23 Jan 2010 02:48

Here are half of my nuts and bolts done:

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After soaking them in wheel cleaner, followed by the wd-40 soak for removing them, I used a 6" brass wire wheel on my grinder motor to get most of the crud off. The bolt heads weren't too bad to begin with, but the nuts were dark with accumulated brake dust.

Then I put them in my tumbler from my reloading days: 4 capfuls of liquid polish drizzled into the crushed walnut shell media, for two hours of tumbling. Oh yeah! :thumbup:
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby hanz » 24 Jan 2010 09:23

Man those look great did you use fine grade walnut or coarse!? :worship:
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby kgw » 24 Jan 2010 23:28

Hanz,

Here is the bowl with a few nuts/bolts in it for scale:
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I can't remember what this media was labeled; I've had it for a long time! :mrgreen:
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby hanz » 26 Jan 2010 01:12

How many do you do at once?
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby kgw » 26 Jan 2010 01:52

I put a single wheel's worth in, which is 34 nuts/bolts in the case of my 17" RS 320's. I did not want to overload the tumbler motor. The nuts were unscrewed from the bolts for tumbling, btw.
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby hanz » 26 Jan 2010 23:55

Thanks bro I hope mine come out as good as yours did.
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby .Mad Hatter. » 10 Feb 2010 22:34

hey guys, i am in the process of soaking my bolts in some coke and vinegar...when you polish them are you just using the dremel or whatever to polish the heads and a wire wheel to clean the threads? that is what i think i am going to do...any tips on the ideal attachment for the dremel for polishing?
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby warrior » 12 Feb 2010 10:33

Exami wrote:Image
1st one i used sandpaper & polishing wax as on lips..
2nd one some "metal polish from local store..
3rd.. haven´t done anyting..

I could use some ideas to polish centers of these.. as you see on 1st one its all nice and shiny except the middle of bolt..

Sorry my english



I did this to my bolts all 136 of them they looked awsome took my 6 hours to do them all built my wheels up put them on my car rained the next day they went frickin rusty!!! :x :x :x :x
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby chrispy » 28 Mar 2010 00:34

currently half way through 120 bolts for my images at the minute....

dremel and a wirewheel and masses of patience :shock: !
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby Adski » 29 Mar 2010 22:36

Need to do one of these techniques on the RF Bolts,

Ill get round to it soon!
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby PA-GTI » 24 Apr 2010 23:25

I used airplane grade paint stripper to get all the clear off the bolts. Then just polished them with mag polish on a 3" buffer
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby qwerte » 06 May 2010 18:22

I decided to use the tumbler method for cleaning my bolts/nuts. I don't have the patience to individually clean each bolt head.

I bought a tumbler from Cabellas (any major hunting store will have similar tumblers):

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Media -I used corn husks, didn't feel it necessary to get too abrasive:

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Polish- Flitz also from the Cabellas:
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I loaded the tumbler with the dirty bolts:

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Here is how they came out. The heats are all great, well polished, not remnants of dirt. The threads were cleaned of major debris, but some leftover thread lock still remains. This has no effect on the looks after wheels are assembled so I don't fuss about it.

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The bolts which were caked with brake dust:

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After, they came out good. Again, they are hidden so perfection was not important.

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Hopefully this helps people in the future. I wasn't sure which method I was going to choose to clean the hardware, but the more I thought about it the less inclined I was to manually do each bolt and nut. I left the bolts to tumbler for 3 hours (doing one wheels worth at a time), and the nuts were in for about 5 hours (all at once).

Overall cost for supplies was just under $100. The tumbler will likely be used for many future projects to clean up other hardware as I see fit.
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby jason_tdi » 14 May 2010 14:03

:love: thats magic...didnt know thats how they polish them:) now i know
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby ufo » 04 Jul 2010 22:07

hy ,good job .. a have a set of gotti 17" and 14J to polish.. but the bolts are too rusted.. can i find somewhere new bolts???

P.S. why i do not have the option for atachements??? i have some nice pics to show
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Re: Polishing Bolts

Postby Sergey » 06 Jul 2010 08:33

ufo wrote:hy ,good job .. a have a set of gotti 17" and 14J to polish.. but the bolts are too rusted.. can i find somewhere new bolts???

Try www.titanium-touch.de/shop they have it all!
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