What to use to clean black chain lube off of aluminum rims easily?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Mambo Dave, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    +2 on the WD40.
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  2. JRNASTY

    JRNASTY Adventurer

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    A little generic pledge on a towel works well....
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  3. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    I'm a lazy SOB, so my rims look like crap. I did learn that Purple Power from Autozone worked great on the brake dust, road grime, and, on the rear, chain lube cleaned off incredibly well with a bit of brushing. Stuff is supposedly environmentally friendly, but not so with your skin, dries it out like crazy. But the cast wheels looked like new. I felt guilty so I cleaned them before taking the rims in to get new tires installed.
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  4. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    Careful with the purple power. It's highly acidic and will etch your aluminum bits very quickly. Spray it on, scrub it and rinse. I sprayed it on my Sportster cases and got interrupted for just a few minutes and when I got back to the cleaning job, the damage was done.
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  5. Toto

    Toto Been here awhile

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    I use kerosene...it works pretty good but leaves a bit of residue sometimes.
    Naptha...white gas... be carefull...VERY flamable!
    I tried to start a camp fire with that ...once...quite a suprise!:eek1:lol3
    Makes gasoline look about as flamable as water!
    Acetone also can be a problem health wise... and probably overkill... and certainly can be hard on paint and plastics.
    Both these products need to be respected....and probably not used for day to day cleaning IMHO.
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  6. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Thanks for the tip. My wheels aren't polished or anything, so no big deal. I will keep your point in mind now.
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