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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-02-2015, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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while my bike is down

Well I am waiting for my starter kit to come in I have a whole week to do with my bike what I had been putting off. I was working on it to get it going in time to go to a CMA National Rally in my home state of Georgia. Normally they are in Hatfield AR. But because I haven't been on a bike in 10 years and I have some other health issues I decided not to go as I only had 4 days to get the bike ready, get me ready before time to go I am staying home.

So now the bike is down I have decided to get it clean. I got Barkeepers Friend which is excellent for cleaning rust and stains off of chrome. A man I knew who owned a donut shop told me about it and it works great. But what do I use on the wheel to get the corrosion off? Any suggestions?

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Easy off oven cleaner.

Be warned, it removes the anodization on the wheel.
Look up "easy off aluminum"
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Cleaning the Wheels

I, too have wheels that need cleaning. Do the wheels have a protective coating on them? I guess I am wondering if Easy Off would destroy that coating or is it ok to use that on them.

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Yes, there is a coating on the wheels and forks. It's anodized aluminum. Using easy off removes the anodization. Makes the wheels and forks look much better. I think you can clear coat them after with spray paint.

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On my old Honda, I found that those wheels and the VN wheels are the same metal and coating. I didn't know that Easy Off would remove the coating or I would have done it that way. But on the Honda I sanded off the coating and then buffed the wheel and it looked almost like chrome finished. Hopefully the Vn wheel will do the same as that looks really good.

Also there is a product called Goop I think that you could put on your wheels to prevent it getting dull and it would last for a year, but I can't seem to find that anymore.

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I think the aluminum will pit. Aluminum doesn't oxidize like other metals if I remember (and without googling it). I think it forms a microscopic layer over the aluminum. Going to Google now.
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I haven't done it on the Vulcan, but I had an old Suzuki with similar wheels. The clearcoat had turned yellow (actually brown) and no amount of cleaning would make them look good. I finally took some aircraft remover and stripped off all the clear coat, then polished the aluminum with Simichrome polish. If it is badly corroded, use a scotchbrite pad or SOS pad to remove the corrosion before polishing. Yes, it will leave tiny scratches, but it looks a whole lot better than badly damaged clearcoat. If my bike had less miles, I would go the ultimate route and have the wheels powder coated.

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This is incredible stuff. Will clean your engine too. Just a small piece goes a long long way. Just get it all off or it leaves a residue.

http://www.autozone.com/wash-cleaner...sh/556779_0_0/


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man with Never Dull you will never have to workout again. It will make your arms like Popeye. LOL

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