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Old 09-18-2013, 10:22 PM
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they do look pretty bad unfortunately, but i will tell you IF they are goiung to come clean, i have just the products.

1st up, try and get 1z Einszett colourtec wheel cleaner, or Sonax full effect wheel cleaner. both are very good at eating built up grime and brake dust.

Then, you pay need to polish come life back into them. for that i like p21s polishing soap or menzerna metal polish. they dont appear to be clad rims, so you might also get away with some eagle one nevr dull and some elbow grease.
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So here is the same rim now:





Still got work work to do on it though.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:32 PM
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A fine job. What did you use?
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You are probably going to laugh but I will explain my reasoning. I looked online and on youtube and here too. There are all sorts of suggestions on what to use ranging from Diet coke and Aluminum foil to miracle polish to 409 and a scrub brush.

I looked around at what I had and I was pretty sure that if a power washer and soap didn't remove it before they probably weren't going to do the job now. So I looked at what I had in the shop and in the house. I tried rubbing alcohol first, but that only removed a top thin glaze layer and not much else. The rim looked pretty much as before.

Then I though about the Coke idea. This isn't as crazy as it sounds at first as the phosphoric acid in coke reacts with rust to help remove it. Commercial chrome sprays such as Mother's have phosphoric acid, just in higher quantities. I got a bottle out of the fridge and dumped it on there. Waited and sprayed and...nothing.

I figured I would turn this into a real experiment of sorts so I started thinking of some common products I could try. I mean, the rims are basically ruined anyway if I cannot clean them right? I looked on the shelf and saw a can of Goop hand cleaner and thought why not? I rubbed some in and then used a nylon scrub brush and amazingly it started coming off. It really was caked in brake dust and not rust.

So this is Dodgey's secret redneck chrome rim cleaning miracle:



Wash off with soap and water and dry.

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WOW.....Looks awesome......Nicely done.......
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There are some good products out there

I will tell you about one product that I used & didn't follow directions to a T & ruined a good set of REAL CHROME rims

I used a product called EAGLE ONE
i used the first part of that product & everything was looking great
then i used the 2nd part, i think it is a neutralizer & apparently i did not follow the directions fully.
within a couple days, my nice chrome was bubbling & flaking
that was back in the early 1970s, when i lived just south of Palm Springs Ca
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exactlly as stated abvoe...no joking...good for you for getting the job done! they look great!
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Soak them in viniger... Then I would use gas/soap/and water.....mixed in a bucket and use a brush to clean it.... No guarantees but I would try it.... Vinegar breaks up rust and loosens it ... Good luck
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