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Wheel Rust

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by DrTaras, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. DrTaras

    DrTaras R254->R725->S1364-->X769

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    #1 DrTaras, Sep 20, 2011
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    I have this rust on all 4 wheels. More pronounced after I wash the car. I live in So Cal so no salt on the roads to deal with. Ideas on how it came, but more importantly how to get rid of it? :eek:
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  2. benji4

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    While salt speeds up the reaction, water and oxygen react with impurities in iron to form rust even without salt. The brake discs on all Roadsters rust fairly quickly, but the rust disappears as soon as you actually use the brakes. Yours look like they are rusting on a portion where the disks don't touch, however. Perhaps what you are seeing is rust that formed on the disks but got washed down into the other places. The good news is that at this point it will probably wipe off pretty easily -- just use a polishing agent such as Brasso which will not only get the rust off but will also protect from further rusting.
     
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    Looking at the small pic preview at a distance the rust looks really cool. :eek:
     
  4. TEG

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    Disc brake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Some vehicles use stainless steel rotors that don't rust, but they also don't stop as well !
    As far as cleaning, I have read steel wool and/or sand paper. Generally they say to keep away from anti-rust products (like WD-40 for instance) which act as a lubricant and could compromise your stopping ability.
     
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    #5 Jaff, Sep 22, 2011
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    Easy fix Dr. T...I just had my wheel hubs painted with a product called Por 15 ( POR15, Inc. - Stop Rust Permanently - Repair Gas & Fuel Tanks )

    Had my local body shop do it (the shop owner had just done his Vette and it looked great!)

    Cost including labour was about $125 / wheel, but it is well worth it as looking at the rust always griped my cookies.

    Now, I'm trying to find a way to get the brake calipers painted red...anyone done this yet?

    Cheers!

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    #6 TEG, Sep 22, 2011
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    The TAG Heuer special Roadster has red painted calipers:
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    G2 Brake Caliper PaintSystem Set
     
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    #7 Jaff, Sep 22, 2011
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    Thanks TEG...the calipers look nice (but the wheels would look better with the Por 15 paint over the rust)...the top picture looks like it has been done to me...
     
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    The mirrors on the TAG car are green on and red.
     
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    I think the top picture was when the car was new.
    The bottom picture was after it had been driven part way around the world (and some 'normal' rust started to appear.)
     
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    #10 TEG, Sep 22, 2011
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    Yes, the calipers on the other side are painted green. With that aircraft lighting style left/right red/green effect.
    Tag-Heuer-Tesla-Roadster.jpg
    (FvH hard at work.)
     
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    Actually, that's a nautical thing. Ships came first.
     
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    Yes, but I think the Roadster color scheme was inspired more by modern aircraft lights...
     
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    Your fan has stopped again. Better get the Ranger to come out.
     
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    About a month ago.
     
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    Jaff-Still impressed now 4 months later with the Por15?
     
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    They still look like the day I had it done Dr. T ...two thumbs up!
     
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    DrTaras R254->R725->S1364-->X769

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    Jaff- I took a slightly different approach, albeit for more money ($75/wheel)
    The inner (non-contact) area of the wheel has now been painted black.
    I'll report back if there are any issues. Thank you for your input.
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    Looks nice Dr. T ...did you use the POR 15 product or something else?

    Kind of funny...you have silver wheels (but painted black), I have black wheels (but painted silver)...I kind have wished that I painted mine black now...:biggrin:
     

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