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How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

#26 2008-05-22 10:57am

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

Benny1 wrote:

I tried this last night, with a wrinkle:  I put the bolts in my drill press & held a brass wire brush up to them.  Worked great!  With the stability of the drill press, I was even able to clean off a stem's wedge bolt...

Thanks for the tip!

It is allot easier with the drill... Quicker too... I just tried it on my drill press... Nothing doing... I will try som different stuff with it tho. But the portability of the drill seems to be easier to me for now... Keyless chuck in the drill works quick...


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#27 2008-05-22 3:33pm

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I'm sure you're right LOL But my drill is in a box, locked in a Knaack box, while the drill press lives open & plugged in wink


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#28 2008-06-04 6:36pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

thank you for posting this sticky.   i used this on my car..    good for anything with nuts and bolts...thanks

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#29 2008-06-04 7:24pm

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bad91teg wrote:

thank you for posting this sticky.   i used this on my car..    good for anything with nuts and bolts...thanks

No problem bro... Funny... I have been using this on my car for some time now and only recently In the last year or so on my bikes. Figured this would help some people so it make me feel all warm and fuzzie inside to know it does...

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#30 2008-06-16 2:30am

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

May I suggest to all that when using a wire wheel to clean your nuts and bolts instead of holding them with pliers or any thing like that, you might want to thread the nuts on a long bolt of the same size of course and snug them tight to prevent spining . This way you can use both hands to hold the work piece, get more pieces cleaned and avoid flying nuts or tool. For bolts use a closed end wrench and two nuts, thread one nut in , slip the closed end wrench and thread the other nut on and snug. You now have somehting to hold and manouver without having to worry about loosing grip and again having a bolt fying through the air and bouncing in your face. This is mainly to addres the safety side of things. you need fingers and eyes to ride. For what ever its worth guys.


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#31 2008-06-16 2:45am

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Duuude, I remember driving one of those whe they were all over the place.  Shiiiiiny !!


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#32 2008-07-10 10:09am

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

I use my buffing wheel (on a bench grinder) religiously.  I even do bars and forks in there if I can get the right angles.  Follow up the tough to reach spots with a dremel. 

The bolt in the cordless drill is a great idea.  Excellent tip right there!

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#33 2008-07-14 7:04am

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

Im gonna add the soak the bolts in some pop. I am rebuildinga 01 Redline of a buddies of mine righ now. Took the stem bolts and seat clamp bolt and soaked them in a can of sprite for 24 hours. I was amazed it really works.
AJ big_smile


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#34 2008-07-14 11:24am

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

Use Vinegar not POP... Look at this link...

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=58409


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#35 2008-07-14 4:10pm

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sweet. you scared me though as if something wrong was gonna happen! big_smile


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#36 2008-07-14 5:37pm

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sweet. you scared me though as if something wrong was gonna happen! big_smile

LOL sorry... Not my intention... But nice to know I am so intimitating... LOL I do have that "persence" somtimes... tongue lol


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#37 2008-09-06 5:21pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

Does this only work on aluminum and stainless stuff?  If I have a bunch of rusty bolts, I am assuming they are not stainless or aluminum?  How do you clean these up, and then prevent them from rusting again?

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#38 2008-09-06 7:21pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

RadArcade wrote:

Does this only work on aluminum and stainless stuff?  If I have a bunch of rusty bolts, I am assuming they are not stainless or aluminum?  How do you clean these up, and then prevent them from rusting again?

Should work the same way... Steel, Iron, Whatever... This is just a way to brush up the surface areas of the bolts... Another good way to remove the rust is here if you dont want to use this method.

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=58409


But this method is the best I have found for speed and quality coombined... Good luck...


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#39 2010-07-19 3:32pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

This used to be a sticky... Just thought I would bump it for the community... cool


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#40 2010-07-20 8:45am

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Good job Rriverdude I do this the same way and they have a white and a yellow buffing wheel at many places like home depot. Yellow is harder and will get scratches out while buffing and the white will buff it to a great shine. Dont forget your buffing compound. Oh yah dont forget safty glasses on the steel brush wheel alot of the steel fibers will fly off and hit you in the face came realy close to my eye and had a few stick in my shirts.


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#41 2010-07-20 9:25am

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

Thanks for bumping it.
Like others and you I do the same with a non-working bench grinder(sears & robuck) that was given to me and I had to rewire a switch and bought a new belt(5 bucks for the belt). Works like a charm now!

I do similar work with a cordless drill but I also use an xacto knife(like a lathe tip) to get into the recessed allen head bolt and into the corners(with a worn blade tip).
I add power slowly to the drill and work the blade into the corners and up the walls of the inner surface.
Use caution when you first start if you have a new blade or if your bolt is not centered in the drill.
It will wiggle on you and you could slip with the blade.
It takes some practice but works also.

Or for light rust on the innerside of the allen head bolt, I use extremely fine steel wool only and jam a little corner into the bolt head.
Appy power and bingo!
It's cleaned out.

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#42 2010-07-20 11:42am

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

No Problem guys... Not sure why this was removed from the Sticky's but Oh well... It out there again it seems...


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#43 2010-10-16 8:17pm

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Bump for someone who asked...... Should be re-stuck wink


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#44 2010-10-26 11:13pm

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Remember guys you can also polish metal to look like chrome if you keep at it. You need a few different buffing wheels and compounds and time.


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#45 2011-04-01 3:26pm

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someone was just askin bout this but i forget who. nice work anyways. i need to get one o these dremels...


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#46 2011-04-01 3:53pm

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Great tip. I wish I had a place to mount a bench grinder like yours. sad

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#47 2011-04-01 5:10pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

Also you can use a scoth brite pad. works faster and does less damage then the wire wheel and makes it shine more!
Just do the same thing with the drill and bolts but use a green scoth brite pad instead of the wire wheel


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#48 2011-04-05 8:23pm

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

Thanks for the tip. My Group 1 Stem that has been in drydock since 1993 looks fresh out of the box!


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#49 2011-04-06 9:48am

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forty_three wrote:

Thanks for the tip. My Group 1 Stem that has been in drydock since 1993 looks fresh out of the box!

Glad to Hear it Worked out!!! lol


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#50 2011-08-15 11:25am

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Re: How To Save Your Bolts & Nuts... Make them look "Minty" Again!!!

Bump...


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