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Old 03-04-2010, 09:13 AM   #1
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Cleaning painted rims

hi guys,

i have a set of white rims; i didn't paint them white myself, but rather they are aftermarket buddyclub p1 racing rims that come in white from the factory.

I'm gonna take them out and clean them before putting them on my car this season and i was wondering what the best way to do that is. I was thinking that "rim cleaner" might be chemical-y and might mess up the paint?

Looking fora solution that's either free or readily available, such as at canadian tire. Not wanting to spend bajillions.
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I usually clean my wheels with some car wash but in a high concetration (use more soap then normal) with some tooth brushes and rags! After that I usually put a coat of wax on them before I put them on for the season.
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Nice. I'll give that a try. Ur rims are painted as well?

Any other advice? Anyone?
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I usually clean my wheels with some car wash but in a high concetration (use more soap then normal) with some tooth brushes and rags! After that I usually put a coat of wax on them before I put them on for the season.
+1 I do the same for my wheels too.
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any risks to doing that with painted wheels? I assume not since it's paint with a coat and this is less harsh than some rim cleaner...anyone?
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Mine are painted wheels. Again, I use water/ Mothers car wash...bit more soap (foamy) to get a good lather. Rags and toothbrush.

Guess its kinda like the car exterior method.

Then put a nice coat of wax to finish off.

I find it easier, works well...and dont wanna risk with other cleaning agents.
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awesome, thanks for the advice, very helpful.

Sounds like soap seems to work. Mine are quite new, so should work...maybe if i do the soap wash + wax method annually or semi-annually, i won't need any heavy duty stuff in the long run!
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I have used "Magic Eraser", on the bad spots, with good results. My main worry was burnishing, but it seemed fine.
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water + car cleaning soap ftw



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i use heavy duty degreaser from the kitchen i work at,
its lime green
like 2-3 ounces in a couple cups of water works wonders.
i just spray, let it sit for a few minutes hose it off and scrub with
a sponge.
used it on my engine bay as well.
stuff works wonders
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