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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Best way to clean alloy wheels??

Just bought a 2007 America. One previous owner. Great condition, except for some "dirty" markings on the alloy rims. Does not appear to be corrosion - looks more like oily/black residue that does not wash off with spray-on wheel cleaner. I would appreciate input on best cleaner for these uncoated alloy wheels.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 06:22 PM
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solvol autosol, mothers, blue magic, flitz, meguiars are all good. make sure you get a polish that is suitable for aluminum.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help. This is what I did.
I used the Mothers to polish but first I used a 3000 grit polishing pad intended for my wife's corian counter tops. Needed solvents and wooden scraper to get the old wheel balance weight adhesive off. Then hand rubbing with the pad took the off the hard stuff remaining. Finally hand polished with Mothers. End result looks like chrome!! Now just need to do the rear wheel!
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glad it worked out, my speedmaster has black ribs/spokes so not too much to polish.
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