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My 147 Q2 cleans up beautifully , but the silver painted wheel nuts and brake rotor finishes let it down . now I realise why the previous car, Audi A3, had plastic covers on the wheel nuts! is there something that can be done other than replacing them with chrome ones ?
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I rubbed down my nuts and hammerited them last weekend.
It only took about 20 minutes.
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Painted mine metallic blue on my Lancia. Now how 'Off' was that?:
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Was that a red car?
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No Platino, with wheels that I had polished to a mirror finish, after removing the lacquer. I thought they looked a bit like blue eyes in a mirror.
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I was thinking they might look brand new with the polythene still on them?
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I've never seen rusty nuts on a 147







However I've used cold galvanising silver spray on my 147 studs which is a perfect colour match
I also think it helps not to use acidic wheel cleaners
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I use 17mm chromed plastic wheel nut covers. About 10 off eBay, look nice, do the job and not at all chavy.
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What the actual wheel faces, that were engine turned so the finely etched machined circles, gave that irridescent rainbow colours effect? Or I guess you mean the protective coating that breaks down, and allows that myriad of black spiders legs to appear? Nasty salt induced effect that was!:
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Can't really see much of the shine, blue nuts really, but I may have a close up somewhere.:

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Was that the Ferrari engined Thema?
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No. 16v Turboe'd. Great machine, some of the best fourteen years of motoring I have enjoyed, ever. :
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My 147 Q2 cleans up beautifully , but the silver painted wheel nuts and brake rotor finishes let it down . now I realise why the previous car, Audi A3, had plastic covers on the wheel nuts! is there something that can be done other than replacing them with chrome ones ?
I know what you mean about the brake rotors, They do look a state. So look what I spent a good few hours doing today. Fair bit of work, but looks soo much better for it.

Before and after shots show how bad the corrosion looks. Not really a problem as such, but looks worse on the more 'open' style of alloys.
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Cody, that looks great. What did you use to paint them?
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Never took pics of the discs on the 147, which I had painted similarly to Cody.VHT paint mate? Nice job well done chap, which stand out from the norm.
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These are what I bought.

I've also fitted some valve stem sleeves like these which Ned from Autolusso gave me when the car got serviced
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This is what they look like on a wheel.

My previous car:

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Cody, that looks great. What did you use to paint them?
Cheers, nothing exotic used, just normal 'Smoothrite' enamel. I've found this plenty good enough for normal road use, lasts a lot longer than the original paint and the grey colour is a near direct match for the original.
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Re: corroded nuts

My 159 had rusty nuts, and I'd previously tried painting them on my Mondeo as it happened on that. I used Vauxhall plastic covers on my 159 and they look ok.
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The ones I used were from Peugeot. They use them on the 407 here.
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