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Wire brush for hub holes #4701723
03/21/18 09:20 AM
03/21/18 09:20 AM
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Boston, MA
spavel6 Offline OP
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I'm looking for a quality wire brush that would work to clean out the rust and corrosion on threads that lug bolts screw into. Not the bolt itself, but the hub side of things.

What do folks use?


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Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: spavel6] #4701730
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I use these things that my local hardware store sells. They don't last forever but seem to work for what you're describing:



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Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: spavel6] #4701766
03/21/18 10:04 AM
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Round wire brush that fits on a cordless drill, easy, works well and fast.


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Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: spavel6] #4701775
03/21/18 10:11 AM
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I've used a tap for ones in rough shape - then I hit the holes and bolts with a shot of pure zinc primer. Keeps them from corroding in the future and you get a nice, even feel as they screw in, so your torque setting is accurate.


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Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: Astro14] #4701790
03/21/18 10:20 AM
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1) I use a small wire wheel on a cordless drill to clean everything I can.
The studs or the bolts' exterior threads, the hub itself, the hole in the wheel the hub goes into, the mating surfaces of the rotor and wheel.
It's amazing how much powder (corrosion) comes off.

2) What is pure zinc primer?
I was once given a spray can of zinc chromate (pale, pea green in color) to prime some aluminum.
An old airplane mechanic gave it to me.
I was told later that the stuff is no longer available.

Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: spavel6] #4701791
03/21/18 10:21 AM
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spavel6 Offline OP
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Is there a specific size you are using? I have 17mm lug studs, not sure what diameter of brush to get!


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Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: spavel6] #4701824
03/21/18 10:42 AM
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No specific size. I just set the drill down securely and use it as a "bench tool".

Cleaning any surface is just a matter of reaching it.
Buy the variety pack of wire wheels at Harbor Freight and wear eye protection as their cheap junk brushes fling wee wires all over the place.

I WISH I had cylindrical or conical brushes I could shove into the holes just to do the job completely.

Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: spavel6] #4701828
03/21/18 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted By: spavel6
Is there a specific size you are using? I have 17mm lug studs, not sure what diameter of brush to get!


You mean the heads of the bolts are 17mm, will be 12mm bolts.


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Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: Kira] #4701844
03/21/18 10:53 AM
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just go to Amazon and google conical bottle brush. I just did and got over 200 hits. You can get nylon brushes but i suspect that copper/brass would remove rust alot better and not damage steel or cast iron.

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Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: spavel6] #4701902
03/21/18 11:31 AM
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I was just [censored] about this lug style last weekend. hornets


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Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: Kira] #4701977
03/21/18 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted By: Kira
1) I use a small wire wheel on a cordless drill to clean everything I can.
The studs or the bolts' exterior threads, the hub itself, the hole in the wheel the hub goes into, the mating surfaces of the rotor and wheel.
It's amazing how much powder (corrosion) comes off.

2) What is pure zinc primer?
I was once given a spray can of zinc chromate (pale, pea green in color) to prime some aluminum.
An old airplane mechanic gave it to me.
I was told later that the stuff is no longer available.


Zinc chromate is hazmat...stay away from that stuff...

Hit up the paint aisle at your favorite hardware store - Rust-oleum makes it, for example. Sometimes called “cold galvanizing compound”.

https://www.amazon.com/RUST-OLEUM-7785-8...lvanizing+spray


Last edited by Astro14; 03/21/18 12:44 PM.

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Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: Astro14] #4702029
03/21/18 01:33 PM
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Boston, MA
spavel6 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Astro14


Zinc chromate is hazmat...stay away from that stuff...

Hit up the paint aisle at your favorite hardware store - Rust-oleum makes it, for example. Sometimes called “cold galvanizing compound”.

https://www.amazon.com/RUST-OLEUM-7785-8...lvanizing+spray



You just spray it into the holes and let dry? I'd be afraid it would seize even worse onto the bolts...


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Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: Gimpy1] #4702034
03/21/18 01:38 PM
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spavel6 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Gimpy1
just go to Amazon and google conical bottle brush. I just did and got over 200 hits. You can get nylon brushes but i suspect that copper/brass would remove rust alot better and not damage steel or cast iron.


Tried that. Didn't get any metal brushes, just plastic, which I assume will not be nearly as effective..


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Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: spavel6] #4702223
03/21/18 03:58 PM
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Harbor Freight sells bore brushes. Both ones use can use by hand and ones that attach to drill, even the ones you use by hand can probably fit on a drill too if you snip the end off and screw down the chuck. Kits come with different materials, brass if you don't want to take anything off except light rust or steel if you really want to go crazy.

https://www.harborfreight.com/6-piece-tube-brush-set-61923.html
https://www.harborfreight.com/engine-brush-kit-20-pc-69020.html


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Re: Wire brush for hub holes [Re: spavel6] #4702305
03/21/18 05:15 PM
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Check out brushes used to clean gun bores. They are stiff wire brushes and may be available in the size you want.


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