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Offline burnerboy

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Wheel cleaning
« on: January 29, 2018, 05:27 PM »
Hi guys, just trying to clean up some wheels and is not going to well.
Any tips out there for removing the rusty or rough spots off?
I am trying the Ali foil with car polish and a lot of elbow grease which has brought em back some what but not great.
As the marks seem to be worse on one half of the wheels I take it's from dust etc sitting on them for years?

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Re: Wheel cleaning
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2018, 06:07 PM »
chrome has flaked off or pitted on the rim, strip them down  you'll find it a lot easier to clean/polish them properly plus you can do the spokes and the awkward bits on the hubs  at the same time

steel or alloy rims? it's  not clear in the pic but they look like steel rims ?

couple of  options 

1    re chrome the rims, expensive and not many chromers will even attempt them if they're alloy,  if they're steel you should be ok

2    polish ,  mechanical is best ie on a buffer ,  cut the flakes with sisal mop and cutting paste to get them smooth then go through the grades of polish in turn to blend the rim with the remaining chrome
you can get mops that fit electric drills , if you don't have a bench machine , these will also help with the following

3   hand polish ,   will do it, it will just take longer, again, you need to smooth out or blend in the edges of  the chrome where it has flaked  start with Autosol and good quality polishing cloths , to get the flaking smooth then use  Peek or similar to polish ,  lots of elbow grease , and time, lots of time  ;D,  although  it can be very therapeutic  :daumenhoch:

 stainless steel pan scrubbers are good to , the ones made from curly swarf, to get the rust off steel / chrome ,will scratch alloy though,   a lot better than tin foil and wont leave any bits stuck under the edge of the flaky chrome  :daumenhoch:
« Last Edit: January 29, 2018, 06:22 PM by oldtired »

Offline deeman

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Re: Wheel cleaning
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2018, 06:12 PM »
Tin foil and coke is not ideal, just ends up scratching the chrome. Lots of people seem to use an oxyalic acid bath to remove rust from chrome although I would imagine you would need to strip the wheels to just bath the rims.
Other than that see above....

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