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Old 18-11-2017, 10:27 PM   #1
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Wheel hubs (small) project

So a few weeks ago i bought a plug in hybrid BMW 330e. The car looks good but nowhere near as good as it could be as there are loads of swirls and a lot of corrosion on te wheel hubs:



I decided to remove the wheels and try to get rid of that corrosion. Here is what it looked like.



Got the drill with wire brush out and started working on both the hub and the brake calliper. 20min later and it looks a million times better:



Refit the wheel and here is the final result.



Might paint the callipers in red next.
Any tips for that?


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Old 18-11-2017, 10:36 PM   #2
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It does look much better but unless you paint the hubs they'll only rust again...
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Old 18-11-2017, 10:42 PM   #3
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I found that the caps in the stub axle hold water and I only use a hose and not a pressure washer.

When I took the wheels off and pulled the caps off water ran out and needless to say the axle was thick with rust.

So they look nice but after twice cleaning off the rust I have left them off now.
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Old 18-11-2017, 10:44 PM   #4
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Looks significantly better now, but agree with steelghost, you need to paint / treat them otherwise they'll rust again and undo all your hard work...

If you're going to paint your calipers, make sure you decontaminate them thoroughly and use a good quality paint that's suitable.
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Old 19-11-2017, 10:24 AM   #5
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Could you use something like dynax uc instead of painting?
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Old 19-11-2017, 04:14 PM   #6
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Old 19-11-2017, 04:19 PM   #7
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Could you use something like dynax uc instead of painting?
I'm sure you could do long as the hubs didn't get too hot.
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Old 19-11-2017, 06:39 PM   #8
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Looks well better mate, mine are the same on my 320d, it's the standard BMW discs, it's a common problem. The msport discs and aftermarket Zimmerman disc disc don't.


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Old 19-11-2017, 07:16 PM   #9
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Wheel hubs (small) project

Follow up from today. I decided this morning to paint them so i took a trip to the shops and got some silver caliper paint. They also had red one so i decided to paint the calipers.

First the hubs:



Then the calipers:







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Old 19-11-2017, 07:51 PM   #10
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Looks a million times better, you would think they would put a durable coating on that would never rust, but as brakes are classed as consumable they won't bother.
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