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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by instro84, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. instro84

    instro84 Well-Known Member

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    Been need to clean my from wheels good, whats the best way to clean between the spokes without messing up the wheel finish? thanks for the help
     
  2. kwiktsi

    kwiktsi Well-Known Member

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    And on that note, what's the best way to strip the clear without hurting the finish on the gold? Sorry for the thread jack, but its something I've been meaning to ask and your post reminded me :).
     
  3. kymmee

    kymmee Silver Member

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    There are brush kits you can buy for cleaning the gold laces, they are like bottle brushes but smaller. Fit in between all the areas. Spray on something like Simple Green, it wont damage the paint.
    As for stripping the clear, I made a thread several years ago with step by step info on what I did. Here is the link: Wheel refinishing project
     
  4. Mark T-TB

    Mark T-TB Car Crazy from birth

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    FWIW - I've been using the Griot's wheel cleaner, safe for uncoated aluminum and paint.
    Wheel Cleaner - Griot's Garage

    Kim - do you have any further detail on the "brush kits"? I got some nice microfiber wands, but even the smallest one doesn't fit in the smaller spots.
     
  5. kymmee

    kymmee Silver Member

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    Mark, I use these from Harbor Freight. Nice selection of sizes and priced right.
    9 Pc Tube/Pipe Nylon Brush Set
     
  6. instro84

    instro84 Well-Known Member

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    thanx for the tips kymmee
     
  7. Jan Larsson

    Jan Larsson Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Kim wont those scratch the paint? I got a couple of those exact kits as well but use them to clean engine parts and such .... I do have a very soft set of other brushes to use with my wheels that I picked up on Amazon I think some time ago; have to look it up and see which ones.
     
  8. kymmee

    kymmee Silver Member

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    They probably would for deep cleaning. I have only used them lightly with mild solution and water. My wheels have new paint, so its basically just to get the dust off.
     
  9. kwiktsi

    kwiktsi Well-Known Member

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    Thank you!
     
  10. bimmerzhp

    bimmerzhp Well-Known Member

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    Use a wheel cleaner that is safe on all wheel finishes. There are a lot of manufacturers who make wheel cleaners that do not contain acid. I use either Griots or Zymol wheel cleaner and a microfiber towel. Spray the wheel let it stand a little spray wheel with a little water then use the towel and go into each opening to clean the wheel. Once clean spray wheel down with strong stream or water.
     
  11. Mark T-TB

    Mark T-TB Car Crazy from birth

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    Thanks Kim, will check it out... probably headed to Harbor Freight pretty soon.
     
  12. robert lee

    robert lee Gold Member

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    I think they are beautiful wheels... but a real PITA to clean, i put new one's on my H/T but then got too lazy to drive it ( or should i say to clean them) lol.. BTW instro84 a hot water PW is worth its weight in gold.
     

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