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Old June 23rd, 2013, 07:01 PM
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Just FYI to anyone wary of buying the RRC steel lug nuts for alloy wheels because of a little rust - they are incredibly resilient. Based on the advice from another board member when I passed on some RRC nuts due to rust, I waited for another set to come up for sale and jumped on them (the nuts).

I then wire brushed them, took some pics, cleaned them, then primed and painted them in two coats of chrome spray paint. They're a pretty good match to the alloy boost wheels.

I think some had been sand blasted beforehand. They look great I think. If anyone else has some better steps to take the next time, post up!
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 07:09 PM
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Polishing your nuts? Does Caitlyn know what you so in your garage?
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 07:15 PM
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A little spit and shine and my nuts I mean your nuts look great!! Sorry couldn't resist!!
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 07:18 PM
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I usually get my friend to teabag two of the nuts at a time till they are all polished.
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 09:51 PM
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I usually get my friend to teabag two of the nuts at a time till they are all polished.
Josh has 23 nuts jiggling around in his hands ... Is this a record?
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 10:11 PM
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With a bloated hand like that no wonder you are handling your own nuts.

They look decent enough but if I was going chrome I would buy the caped ones. The range nuts are good if you plan to paint them black.
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 10:34 PM
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But will that paint hold up to any use?
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But will that paint hold up to any use?
No ...
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Old June 24th, 2013, 03:32 AM
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But will that paint hold up to any use?
I suspect no, but they look pretty right now.
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Old June 24th, 2013, 11:58 AM
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This must be a "down state" thing.
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With a bloated hand like that no wonder you are handling your own nuts.

They look decent enough but if I was going chrome I would buy the caped ones. The range nuts are good if you plan to paint them black.
The point of the RRC nuts isn't a color thing. Its a matter of never having to worry about another deformed cap and socket not fitting.
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Sand blast and keep them that way
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You know you can buy full stainless versions of these:

http://www.wrington.co.uk/landrover.htm

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You know you can buy full stainless versions of these:

http://www.wrington.co.uk/landrover.htm

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You could not pay me to run stainless steel nuts. Not as strong as regular steel.
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Old June 24th, 2013, 03:11 PM
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You know you can buy full stainless versions of these:

http://www.wrington.co.uk/landrover.htm

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400.00 for a set of 20!!
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ron he is part of the NYC boost club. come on now.......
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400.00 for a set of 20!!
You live in NYC, isn't that what you pay for like two grande lattes?

Lots of people run stainless nuts, I've got them on my Alfa. Plus rover nuts are huge, and there are five per wheel. It's not like the nuts are taking forces that are going to cause them to fail. Stainless studs would be madness, nuts, not so much. You would of course have to anti-sieze the jeezus out of them to avoid thread galling and possible corrosion with the alloy wheels.
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Plus rover nuts are huge, and there are five per wheel. It's not like the nuts are taking forces that are going to cause them to fail. Stainless studs would be madness, nuts, not so much. You would of course have to anti-sieze the jeezus out of them to avoid thread galling and possible corrosion with the alloy wheels.
Yeah they are! - my nuts are huge
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Chunk them in a cup of Rust-Solve overnight and they will be all cleaned up next day. THEN paint them with etching primer and "chrome". Better yet take them to the plater's and have them chromate coated.
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