Cleaning wheels/rims

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by leadthrower21, May 31, 2012.

  1. leadthrower21

    leadthrower21 Adventurer

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    I've met my match with cleaning, I have no idea what to do with this set of wheels. The previous owner said this was just soap scum, but it seems to be far more than that.

    These are a set of Excel rims on a DRZ400SM, which (according to Excel) are anodized aluminum. I've tried clear coat polish and even aluminum polish by hand with little to no improvement. My next step is wet sanding these things down, any suggestions?

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  2. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    If you wanna risk it, acid etching EagleOne wheel cleaner, I wouldn't leave it on too long, I'd wipe it on and rinse off quick like, 1/4 wheel at a time.

    http://eagleone.com/mag-wheel-cleaner
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  3. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    Looks to me like the previous (DUMB ASS) owner used a caustic cleaner on the wheels! I'll bet the only way to fix it is to replace the rims if it bothers you. Sorry I have to be the messenger! GH
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  4. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Mother's metal polish?

    Risk a small test patch with a green scotch brite pad?
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  5. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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  6. MrBob

    MrBob Certified Geezer

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    Just for the hell of it, try a little vinegar in case what you're seeing is a lime type scale. At least initially, don't leave it on for very long.
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  7. poppy

    poppy Slow and Steady

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    I like this stuff, works a treat. Cotton wading, i spent plenty of time cleaning my black rims and spokes on my 950, never harmed them and cleaned them up lickety split. Mind you, my wheels never looked like yours.



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  8. rideslikeoldman

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    Looks like a caustic cleaner left on too long or maybe dried in the sun. I would recommend using 3M finesse it which is a rubbing compound or another type of mild rubbing compound for automotive type paints.
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  9. Truckin_Thumper

    Truckin_Thumper low profile

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    polished rims on a dirt bike?

    Are you riding it or entering it in a beauty show? :ear
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  10. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    Supermoto wheels may not see dirt that often/ever.
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  11. vintagerider

    vintagerider Long timer

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    alkaline generic wheel cleaner + sun = instant anodized destruction
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  12. leadthrower21

    leadthrower21 Adventurer

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys! I will try a few out soon and let you know how it goes. I really don't want to re-anodize these.
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  13. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    Try an SOS pad as well.
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