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Old 02-17-2013, 03:08 PM
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My"hats" are rusty!

OK, I hope I got your attention with the "hats"reference. I recently purchased a certified '08 328i with standard 17"wheels.The spokes are wide and you can see the brakes. The "hats"of the disc brake that the wheel is attached to is very visible. They are rusty and also have black marks. I tried to clean them with 409, Ultra Compound, WD40 with 0000 steel wool, Scratch-X, etc. Still looks lousy. Given that the 328i has only 20K miles, it will be a long time before I need new disc brakes with shiny "hats".
I have received a suggestion to mask off the discs and paint the "hats" with high temp paint, possibly silver to match the wheels. Any other suggestions to clean the wheels?
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:01 PM
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I mean I hav what you hav on part of my rim and it's like real stuck on only thing is paint it or get new calipers aka "hats?" But not cheap so I'd say Take rimm off and tape around it n paint it looks good red !
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:57 PM
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Just sprayed mine with HT silver but its 18 months from new & only slight rust on two rear discs. Regardless of color painting is the only choice.
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OK, I hope I got your attention with the "hats"reference. I recently purchased a certified '08 328i with standard 17"wheels.The spokes are wide and you can see the brakes. The "hats"of the disc brake that the wheel is attached to is very visible. They are rusty and also have black marks.

Hats? What hats? Post a pic!

I say do it right. Disassemble, sand blast; high temp ceramic color o'choice.

Y'know, a few LED's directed to the brake area'll really stand out.
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