Alloy wheel cleaner???

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 19:45
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Been a while since I cleaned the (matte) alloy wheels on the Jack and now find the grease/oil/brake dust etc ingrained and almost impossible to remove. I've tried concentrated degreaser and scrubbing brushes and copious amounts of elbow grease but have barely made a dent in it. The inside of the wheels is much worse as you'd expect. Anyone have a solution (ha ha)?
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Reply By: GT Campers - Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 19:50

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 19:50
some of the 'mag wheel cleaners' you get at Repco, Supercheap etc actually work really well. Wear gloves! I've had good (but not perfect/as-new) results on old 1970s Aunger Hotwire wheels with Meguiars
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Reply By: Axle - Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 19:55

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 19:55
G/Day Bazooka,.. Just be wary of alloy wheel cleaners., I had a suby liberty with monaray mags on it, and after a good clean with a mag wheel cleaner a month later they were a pitted mess ,there was a reaction of some sort, can't remember what brand it was but it was out of a repco outlet.


Cheers Axle
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Reply By: Member - BarryL2 - Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 20:25

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 20:25
G`day, i have recently cleaned my neglected alloys on my cruiser with autosol metal polish, did a great job and not too much hard work involved.
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Reply By: ross - Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 22:22

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 22:22
You may have to sand them with a very fine emery paper to remove the stains.
Alloy cleaners only really work on the surface and the stuff you want gone is etched deep into the wheel.
After you have sanded them,it would be best of they were coated with a clear paint or sealant.Many wheels have this when new from the factory.

Ive just bought a bottle of Royal Purple alloy wheel polish for my bike.
Its incredibly expensive at $40 for 350mls but it works faster than anything. Others will polish to the same degree but this stuff does in seconds what the others took 5 mins to do.
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 11:37

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 11:37
hi
all i ever use is a rich mix of truck wash and the alloys always come up like new with no risk of damage by harsh acid based cleaning chemicals
cheers
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Reply By: megan z - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 13:43

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 13:43
Avoid washing the wheels when they are hot. The soap could leave spots on the surface because the water dries quickly.
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Reply By: Member - David M (SA) - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 14:54

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 14:54
Had much the same trouble with my side steps Bazooka. 5 years of ingrained WA iron oxide. Came across Chemtech Blitz, painted it on and washed it of after 5 minutes. As new.
Dave.
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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 14:55

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 14:55
Bazooka,
If they are realy bad you can make a paste up from a mixture of Ajax and kero and rub with steelo soap pads or something like Gumpton then use a good alloy polish.
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Reply By: Bazooka - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 17:46

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 17:46
Thanks for the info so far. I should repeat that the wheels are not polished (shiny) alloy. They are matte alloy (presumably magnesium) and a little like a very fine sandpaper to touch if you get my drift. I've done lots of internet reading and I'm not prepared to use any acid product but haven't tried other fluids like turps, meths or kero - or cleaning pastes, or even WD40 (yet). After that the other option is to try and find the most concentrated alkiline degreaser available. I'll let you know if I find something which works.
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