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Old 14th March 2006
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Default Cleaning Cast Aluminum rims?

My rims are CRUDDY! I ride in inclimate weather/cold weather etc... Anybody have any good advice to cleaning the stock cast aluminum rims on the 04 sportys?

I've tried black magic rim cleaner, and it doesn't do squat.... I guess I'll have to just get my hands dirty and scrub with a brillo pad or something....
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I'm having the same problem, but I have not tried a search for that here yet.A few other things I need to check out first.
I've thrown some money at wheel cleaners,includiing HD's that seem to make it worse.
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I had the Same Problem with my Wheels!!!

So, I pulled them off and Powder Coated them!!!!!

Couple of shots of Windex, wipe'em down and Shiny Wheels Again!!!!!

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Mothers makes a couple paste polishes that i use rub it on rub it off and shine like new again.
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I tried Mother's metal cleaner. Must have been wrong cleaner/ polish?

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I think once they get road salt on them they are pretty much a lost cause...
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I wash them with the same sponge in the same bucket of soapy water I do the rest of the bike. Hit the greasy spots with some Simple Green and call it good. What's the problem?
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S-100 works good enough fer me
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Hi.

Simple green works very well to wash off brake dust.
As to your rim, if you have the dreaded white spotting, you need to buff it out.

1) Step one, remove the rim.
2) Use a power drill and a 6 inch buffing wheel.
3) get the red and white polishing compounds, and work them over the polishing area, and buff them out.
4) Finish it off with a polish like Mother's or Eagle One(My personal choice).

Take your time, work on a bench, and make sure to put a plastic cap on the bolt through the pad(To prevent nicks).
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