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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-20-2012, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Rim Neglect

Ok, I've been neglecting my wheels (rims) for years, and now I'm trying to find a way to clean all the "crap" from them. Any ideas? Here's how my front one looks after a good scrubbing with a non-scratch scrub pad and soft scrub:

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A small brass brush maybe?

EDIT: The wheels are painted, just like the engine I believe.
After cleaning, if needed, they could be painted again with an aluminum colored paint.

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I don't know if the wheels are painted with aluminum color, but they are definitely clear-coated. As a last resort, I would use rubbing or polishing compound. I suppose they could be sand-blasted and clear coated.
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I've considered using a small brush attachment with my dremel, but I think they're wire brushes and I'm not sure if that will make the problem worse.

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If it don't come off with brake cleaner and a rag, I'd take the wheels off and have them bead blasted and powder coated.....or chromed.

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Howdy Byorec,

I bought my bike last year and the rims looked very much like yours, I mistakenly thought it would be a breeze to spiff 'em up nice and purty like.

I am not under the delusion that my 18 year old bike will or should win any awards for shinyness but if there is a way that doesn't involve a whole lot of screwin' around I'd be interested in knowing what it is.

Thanks,

Matt

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I did a google search for anodized aluminum cleaner, and this was one of the links that came up, anyone know if it really works like they say it should?

http://www.everbritecoatings.com/car...products_id=38

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Howdy Byorec,

I bought my bike last year and the rims looked very much like yours, I mistakenly thought it would be a breeze to spiff 'em up nice and purty like.

I am not under the delusion that my 18 year old bike will or should win any awards for shinyness but if there is a way that doesn't involve a whole lot of screwin' around I'd be interested in knowing what it is.

Thanks,

Matt
If I find something that works Matt, I'll let you know, I hope you'll do likewise.

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WD-40 and 0000 Steel Wool. I know it sounds crazy but it works.

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Will do. I am intrigued by TheDeuce's reply, WD-40...is there anything it can't do? As soon as it stops raining I'm giving it a shot

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