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Rusting Lug Nuts - suggestions?

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I noticed on my newly purchased car (2002) that the wheel lug nuts are rusting. They do not appear to have major rusting, but most have discoloration, and have some rust. My wheels are the turbo style wheel that have a brushed aluminum finish. What have others done to modify these lug nuts? I noticed that a few have removed and repainted, there are plastic caps you can get, and there replacement lug nuts in chrome and aluminum (which seems a bit expensive). Ideally these should be a brushed aluminum nut, not the steel nuts that come with the car. Perhaps these are not factory nuts that are on my car now.


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I recently purchased a 2002, and my wheel bolts are also rusty.

So where many others on the dealer's lot.

I intend to hit my with the bead blaster and then repaint.

And perhaps my Soft Socket left over from ages ago when

I had the alloy wheel nuts will fit these.

I believe Audi solves this problem by putting black plastic caps

over the bolt hex.


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Screw all that- go cheap and buy the plastic covers that go over them-you can get them in black or chrome for like 20 bucks.

If it were me, and I do have the same problem on a 996, you can just repaint the bolts using silver wheel paint followed by a clear coat. Here's the link to wheel paints.

Wheel Paint in Silver as well as a clear coat. I have used this product, it dries really quick.


D Man

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