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Thread: Im impressed/amazed
- 04-11-07, 04:04 PM #1
I don,t know about most of you guys/gals but I hate cleaning aluminum wheels, the crud, brake dust, crusted grime, oil, its baked on ground in and it usually takes about 1/2 hour per wheel to look showroom new and you usually need abarsive pollish and lots of elbow grease to get them looking right!
Id have taken before/after pics but ID never admit to letting the vettes wheels get into that condition
being lazy at times and open for suggestions I stopped at PUBLIX super market and was taking to a fellow, car nut at the magazine rack, the subject came up and he suggested
SUPERIOR FORMULA 23 HEAVY DUTY INDUSTRIAL CLEANER & DEGREASER
"BLACK BOTTLE/JUG, & YELLOW LETTERING"
a scotchbrite pad and hot water in a bucket and a stiff paint brush gets his wheels clean...........HMMMMM???
well I find the stuff in a gallon jug in the cleaner isle and I buy a dozen scotch brite pads thinking this ios going to be anouther 2-3 hour P.I.T.A. but IM willing to try new things......
WOW the brake dust an d caked on crud rubs off with almost no effort at all after I soaked the wheels down several times with strait solvent cleaner ....and worked---BARELY on it with a scotch brite pad and a constant stream of solvent spray...The hose removed about 90% after the first go round, the second time I really soaked the wheels and used a towel, the whole process took about 30-40 minutes and it looks like new!
DAMN IM KEEPING SOME IN THE SHOP FROM NOW ON!!!" IF YOU CAN,T SMOKE THE TIRES FROM A 60 MPH ROLLING START YOUR ENGINE NEEDS MORE WORK!!"
- 04-11-07, 05:15 PM #2Grump, do those scotch brite pads not knock the finish down? does it hurt clear coat??
they are stock saw blade design wheels, they look better now than when I bought the car
they look like this (not my car but the wheels look the same)
- 04-12-07, 12:22 AM #3- OnlineAdministrator
- Join Date
- Feb 2003
- Ottawa, Canuckistan
- yellow 1973 coupe L82 4 spd with no power options
You guessed my question right away. If you can use Scotchbrite, how about something less aggressive. I'm thinking nylon brush or similar.
- 04-12-07, 07:24 AM #4
IM sure it will work reasonably well with just a stiff brush, instead of scotchbrite pads, it just might take slightly more effort. on my wheels Ive always used the pads but not scrubbed , brushed the surface or just barely rubbed, scotch brite pads don,t get clogged with fine crud like brake dust
- 04-12-07, 01:06 PM #5
- Join Date
- Feb 2004
- Beecher, Ill.
- 78 SA,78 Pace,black 79 and white 79, all L82s
Look in the kitchen supplies aisle of your local supermart for Brillo Scrub and Toss. Little cloth sheets with a soft plastic type of scrub surface. I've actually used these on the leading edge of the wife's Malibu hood to remove bug juice! Lubed up good with soapy water.