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Old 10-16-2009, 10:51 PM
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Default need sugestions on cleaning wheels.


i have a set of the rims pictured above and when i got them they were pretty nasty looking. i managed to use some chrome polish and a lot of rubbing and got them to the point as pictured below, my question is there's still a lot of black crud in the holes around the outside that appears to be brake dust and road film. i've tried wheel cleaner /wd-40 and some other household cleaners and nothing seems to cut this crap. so what would you suggest to use next?
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Old 10-17-2009, 05:28 AM
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A brush. I would try a brush with plastic bristles that are as firm as possible. I have one with metal bristles that I use on the insides of my wheels, too and that works well, but there's always the risk of scratching.
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Old 10-17-2009, 05:55 AM
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Get some simple green

I have used it on rims before and it works great and use a brush to kinda rub it in like Jay said

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Old 10-17-2009, 12:02 PM
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Get some simple green

I have used it on rims before and it works great and use a brush to kinda rub it in like Jay said

great stuff i got some today, took mom out to walmart and they had it. a combo of that and arm & hammer toothpaste took the majority of it out of the drivers side front rim. thanks stl..
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:32 PM
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Armor All also makes a degreaser for wheels and it works okay but you haev to really let it set for awhile and it also seems to only work with the wheel off the truck and laying down
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:34 PM
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i plan on taking off the wheels and working on them off the truck were i can relax on the creeper and really scrubbing them..
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:48 PM
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I would have mentioned Simple Green but I thought everybody knew about that stuff...
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Old 10-17-2009, 06:08 PM
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Pick a product that specifically mentions brake dust removal.

It has a specific chemical that nuetralizes the dust. Just use the rinse and repeat method for really bad stuff with a medium bristle brush.

Eagle one is good as well, as black magic, I believe Prestone makes a cleaner in an orange transparent bottle.
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I've tried just about every wheel cleaner on the market. None of them impress me that much. I just spray the cleaner on paper towel and clean them by hand.
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The simple green really works atleast on anything I have used it on

We have a chemical at work that is very powerful. It cleans way better than anything you can buy in a store. It will burn your skin also. We poured some into a dish and put a valve cover emblem in there came back after 2 hours and it had eaten through the metal
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:10 PM
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A little more than slightly acidic?
We used to get drums of purple stuff to clean air compressor radiators that was about like what you are talking about. One of the sparkies thought it would work good on his aluminum rims, it did, took them right down to the aluminum on the first application. He now has a new set of rims. I kinda feel for the person who bought his old ones, the clear coat was gone and they were really nasty looking the last time I saw them.
Has anybody tried the Mother's ball for cleaning rims?

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Old 05-31-2010, 02:49 PM
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Default Re: need sugestions on cleaning wheels.

there is a newer product that turtle wax has out now that i use ... its called "Turlte wax ICE all wheel cleaner".. it comes with a brush on the tip as well that is removable
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:25 AM
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Default Re: need sugestions on cleaning wheels.

Clean them real good with simplegreen or whatever, I use windex.

This on the tough stuff like the lil black dots


Then this to get the scratches out from the green pad. (usually takes a little less than an hour per wheel if you want to get them perfect)


This is what my wheel looks like after I half ass that method.
You can see where I half assed because I focused on the outter rim and ran out of time before being able to get the center real good with the never dull. (spent about 20 minutes on this wheel after not cleaning it since before christmas)
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:25 PM
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Default Re: need sugestions on cleaning wheels.

wheel acid for chrome will get out the pitting and nothing elese will work near as good I do it all day long at my detail shop
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:15 PM
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Default Re: need sugestions on cleaning wheels.

greyghost, will those wheels fit your big ram your always braggin about?
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