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If I can't get stainless flange nuts should I just fit regular nuts with a washer?

Here's some pictures of the wheels whilst I've been messing around with them
You might be able to make out the pitting in the rims before I polished them
















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Not being a metric guy, I have no idea what an M7 bolt or nut is. I can't imagine that a specialty hardware outlet would not be able to order the SS nuts if you contact them. If you put regular nuts back on the salt will attack them, and then the problem will migrate to the wheels again. It will take longer to get to the front side, but it will eventually happen.
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An 'M7' is.....

M = Metric
7 = 7mm diameter

Most things in metric are in even numbers though, and an M7 is almost unheard of

I can get M7 nuts with a flange on them but they're coated mild steel

I can also get stainless M7 nuts, nut they're just regular nuts without a flange on them
Do you think it'd be ok to use regular stainless nuts with a stainless washer in place of a flange nut?


Also, as mentioned, the real problem I'm having is brake dust and road dirt
So, once i've changed the nuts I need to know how to properly protect the wheels from the elements


Either.....
1) Clear powder coat over the polished rims and centres
2) Stainless outer rims, and silver powder coat over (properly keyed) centres

Option one is my preference, but I don't know how the powder coat would adhere to a polished surface
If it won't hold properly I think option two is my only real choice

But, option two is far more expensive

What I really want is low maintenance wheels
I know I should just buy another set, and I might end up doing that, but I want to keep these ones if I can keep the maintenance to a acceptable level
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Allmetal Screw Products Corp - Stainless steel fasteners, nuts, bolts, washers, rivets, electronic hardware and military fasteners.

Contact these folks. They handle a lot of aerospace, aviation and marine stuff. Incidentally, you can't be the only fellow with a Porsche that has this problem. It might be worth looking into sourcing a larger quantity and offering them to other enthusiasts, or doing a 'group buy' to offset the cost/shipping.
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