Any good ways to clean clearcoated rims?

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  1. ScrapinSi

    ScrapinSi New Member

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    I have an '03 CR-V that I inherited from my mother in-law when she passed away. The car wasn't greatly taken care of, so of course the wheels are AWFUL. They have a yellow dinge on part of the rim, and typical cleaning/scrubbing isn't taking it off. The rims are a painted silver with clearcoat.

    Any good tips / suggestions?

    Here's a pic of the crv so you can see the wheels. You can also see on the top where I began to use Back To Black on the Roof Rack. What an AMAZING product!!
    http://www.scrapinsi.com/photos/crv/P1010300.JPG
     
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    Find a wheel cleaner. Eagle Ones "Wheel and Tire Cleaner is pretty decent stuff, or you canmake your own up with some diluted APC, and a squirt or two of dishwashing soap. Use on cool wheels, and out of sun. Get yourself a dedicated "wheel" brush....something you can get inbetween the spokes with......
     
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    APC? whats that?

    I have wheel brushes... They won't get this dinge off..
     
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    APC is all purpose cleaner.....Or a wheel cleaner gel....
     
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    I dont know if full strength Simple Green will get these dinges off... Are there any readily available wheel acids that might work? I think the clearcoat itself might actually be burned...

    A buddy of mine said bug & tar remover... ever heard of this?
     
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    Bug and tar remover is just a citrus based cleaner, Simple Green full strength is too strong, you could dilute it though, maybe 10:1, or stick with products made for wheels. Your also going to need a wheel brush to get in the small areas......Its too hard to tell from the pics what your having to deal with.....
     
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    After cleaning as Patrick suggested, you could then use a polish or cleaner wax on the wheels to further clean and then protect them.
     
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    You can see the dinge in the crevaces....

    I want to give this thing a complete detail, but i'm not doing anything until i can get these wheels so clean I can eat off of them... (I'm anal with wheels. I used to have a civic with white 17" wheels :) )
     
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    I like BlackFire gel personally, those crevices need a brush to get the job done. A cleaner powerful enough to dissolve all that without elbow grease wouldn't be safe for the clearcoat :)

    As for wax, i've always wanted to try Wheel Wax. I hear it's good stuff, but have no first hand experience with it.
     
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    what's blackfire gel, and where can i get it?
     
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