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Help me get these wheels clean!

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Bluecord, May 7, 2020.

  1. May 7, 2020 at 8:09 AM
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    Bluecord

    Bluecord [OP] Well-Known Member

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    These are factory wheels from my 2003 Taco. I'm pretty sure it's brake dust that was allowed to sit and bake on by the previous owner. I've tried soap and water and Meguiar's Hot Rims Aluminum wheel cleaner with no difference. I've let the cleaner sit and scrubbed with a stiff brush. No visible difference.20200507_100106.jpg
     
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  2. May 7, 2020 at 8:21 AM
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    I believe you will need iron remover I have purchased CarPro IronX for removing particles from the paint and wheels. Available inn 500ml/1L spray bottles and 4L jugs. You should do normal pre-cleaning with soap and water and degreaser on the wheels first before soaking with IronX. It should dissolve the particles that get embedded in the paint chemically.

    Features:

    • Removes Iron Particles and prevents the spread of iron-related damage & helps to protect your vehicle from paint system failure.

    • New Formula combines Cherry perfume to aid in masking Iron Dissolving Chemicals

    • Safe to use, Acid Free, and pH neutral (pH 6-7).

    • Safe to use on Clear Coat Paint

    • Safe to use on Aluminum, Chrome, Anodized, Alloy, or Clear coated wheels.

    • Safe for use on all solid car surfaces and will not deteriorate clear coats. (Avoid using on Fabric Convertible tops.
     
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  3. May 7, 2020 at 8:58 AM
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    At some point you're well beyond what an iron remover will help with. Usually the stuff that an iron remover will get isn't really visible to begin with. Though I guess you can at least use it on the rest of the paint.
     
  4. May 7, 2020 at 9:03 AM
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    Arizona now!!!
    This stuf works, takes some work but great resultsshopping.jpg
     
  5. May 7, 2020 at 9:08 AM
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    The IronX is also available in a paste for vertical surfaces. Worst case is refinishing the painted aluminum wheels. I would just get a new set of wheels and re-purpose the old ones.
     
  6. May 7, 2020 at 9:11 AM
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    I have used oven/ grill cleaner with good results. Its powerful stuff so you may want to test on some inconspicuous areas first.
     
  7. May 7, 2020 at 9:19 AM
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    This stuff is to protect the finish, not to remove the brake dust correct?
     
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  8. May 7, 2020 at 10:06 AM
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  9. May 7, 2020 at 10:10 AM
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    prob both...i used it on my ford plastic coated rims, nothing worked till i tried this. Came out great.
     
  10. May 7, 2020 at 10:13 AM
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    Bluecord

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    Pre oven cleaner
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    Post oven cleaner
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    Many thanks for the oven cleaner recommendation! I will wax them so this doesn't get so bad. Also switching to ceramic brake pads. I'm going to pull the center caps and repaint. Any way to strip the rest of the paint off them without damaging the plastic?
     
  11. May 9, 2020 at 4:04 AM
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    Too Stroked

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    Collonite 845 is a great product when used correctly. That said, it's a pure wax with virtually no polish in it. That means if you're trying to clean and polish a surface with it, you're using the wrong product.
     
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