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Old 03-22-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U Abnormal's Dirty Azz Wheels

So I bought a set of 06/07 wrx wheels with tires for a really good deal b/c they were really dirty off abnormal. He told me that the brake dust was caked on from track pads. I have been detailing for over 10 years and these are the dirtiest wheels I have ever cleaned...

Before but this is also after he wiped them off







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Old 03-22-2012, 10:52 PM   #2
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After





If you look on the lip by some of the spokes (1st and 3rd pic at 12 o'clock) I rubbed so hard that the paint came off. So I'm going to spray them flat black. These are going to be my winter wheels. I used 10 brilo pads on the inside of the wheels, two 3m green pads on the outside and a bottle of wheel acid. I'll add some pics of the backs cleaned up and more pics once I sand and paint them.

Thanks Matt but man clean your wheels

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Old 03-22-2012, 11:12 PM   #3
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WHAT A SCRUB.
Scrub a dub dub
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:36 PM   #4
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Clean? What is this?

PS HOLY CRAP AMAZING JOB

Maybe I'll post a pic of the back of the Forester... :P
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:00 AM   #5
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So, to recap the OP:

1) Buy black wheels
2) Clean black wheels so they are silver
3) Spray paint silver wheels in black

Why didn't you just leave it with the brake dust layer?
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:22 AM   #6
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Please do not paint them flat black.... Painted stock OEM Wheels look like ricer status....
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:41 AM   #7
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Why didn't you just leave it with the brake dust layer?


I was thinking the same thing. Also who cares if they are going to be winter wheels.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:22 AM   #8
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Please do not paint them flat black.... Painted stock OEM Wheels look like ricer status....
those are some mighty strong words for someone with 14 posts. and who uses "ricer" anymore anyway?
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:28 AM   #9
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looks great Tony!
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:32 AM   #10
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That's quite a result. Top work!
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:34 AM   #11
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I think on the 04 they look best in that stock bright silver

Then again, PSM might be weird since it's two dissimilar silvers.

*shrug



PS: If anybody wants ricey, check out my slipstreams sometime... TIME ATTACK, y0!
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:03 AM   #12
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Thanks Matt but man clean your wheels
I'm not sure you understand. Last time I checked, Matt had NEVER washed his Forester. Ever. There seems to be some perverse pride thing involved.

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Old 03-23-2012, 10:20 AM   #13
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I'm not sure you understand. Last time I checked, Matt had NEVER washed his Forester. Ever. There seems to be some perverse pride thing involved.

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I did wash the back hatch shortly after a Mach V staffer wrote something rather... *ahem on there

Had to clean off that section before I met some customers.

Though I should say "wash" was "squeegee it at a gas station real quick"


And no... Not a pride thing. However, if it's nice enough out to wash it... Might as well go drive it!
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:41 AM   #14
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What a difference!

Another good product I have found to remove stubborn caked on brake dust is muratic acid. Its used to clean cement and mortar.

It comes in a plastic bottle so its safe on clear coat and it straight up destroys brake dust.
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:15 AM   #15
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What a difference!

Another good product I have found to remove stubborn caked on brake dust is muratic acid. Its used to clean cement and mortar.

It comes in a plastic bottle so its safe on clear coat and it straight up destroys brake dust.
This is by no means trying to start an argument, but as a chemistry teacher I feel obligated to mention this... evileye, you may understand this already, but for other's sake I thought I'd mention it.

Muriatic acid is hydrochloric acid, just named with its common name. While a very dilute solution may be safe, any higher concentration is dangerous to your paint if it is older and not as well protected as it once was (and you). if your clear coat is damaged, hydrochloric could really mess up your car.

If it's too concentrated, it can be a big problem. So, if you decide to do this, I beg you to use a SUPER dilute solution.

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Old 03-23-2012, 11:35 AM   #16
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^^ Also worthy of note, it will stain your driveway
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:56 AM   #17
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And no... Not a pride thing. However, if it's nice enough out to wash it... Might as well go drive it!
That's what I'm talking about

I get so much crap for having a dirty STi...they rally bred cars that belong in the dirt, so get off my back. Like Abnormal said, if its nice enough out to wash it, then I might as well go drive it instead.

Not to get off topic, but this stems to another issue and rant I have to get out...Why do people buy an STi to not drive them, then give me s**t for putting on alot of miles in a short period of time and not keeping it show room clean (not anyone on NASIOC specifically, but some people i have run into)???? I make sure I clean off bird crap and other harmful things immediately, but dirt don't hurt unless you have people rubbing up against your car regularly, which would be kinda weird. In addition, I buy cars to drive them and enjoy them, not let them sit in my garage to look pretty and say I have an STi. Also if you live in the DC, NOVA area and have to drive on 495 by Tysons daily, then there is no point to washing your car weekly, like I hear some people say on here, because it will be filthy in two 495 trips (or two days) due to the hot lanes construction. I hear about people on here with '07's and down with less than 4K on them?!?!? I realize there are ballers out there and they can have two, three or maybe four cars, but come on less than a 1K a year is retarded for a car that is meant to be driven.

Are you people trying to conserve it like a rare F50 ferrari...If so, trust me in 10 years the STi will still be around and the older models will get keep getting older, modded and continue to lose value (at a slow rate perhaps, but it will still decrease regardless). Its not a collectors cars which is why thousands have been made over the years, and you don't see collectors going nuts to find them and now have 16 year olds in 04's, which will most likely end up getting destored (I am talking US spec STi's specifically not 207's or any of the limited edition STi's that never legally make it to the US). So I am baffled by this.

I own an '07 IS 350 and a '11 STi both bought new with less then 10 miles on them, now have 39K and 22K, respectively. Yes I drive my STi and love it, then in however many years I will sell it for what I can get and get something new, and hopefully faster

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Old 03-23-2012, 12:15 PM   #18
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those are some mighty strong words for someone with 14 posts. and who uses "ricer" anymore anyway?
Strong word's indeed my friend.

"Ricer Status" is used quiet often in the car world.. lol

But I was just giving my .02, I guess I need to earn my "reputation" on NASIOC before opening my mouth. Sorry I am used to VADRIVEN.com..
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:29 PM   #19
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VADriven?!

Quick, reply to every post with fail, sticker bomb everything, and quick... Rev your motor!!!



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Old 03-23-2012, 12:41 PM   #20
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Quick, reply to every post with fail, sticker bomb everything, and quick... Rev your motor!!!



LOL!

There is no fail in my post, the only fail was on OP's part for painting Stock OEM Wheels.
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:50 PM   #21
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VAdriven is worse then the honda community! :lol

what you think is rice, might not be to someone else. Not eveyone has baller dollars to drop on Works/Rays etc. Painted stock wheels when done right can actually look decent and after looking at the effort to clean them, well I'm pretty sure OP is going to do a decent job with the ol' rattle can.

But honestly, if it's not your car and the person didn't ask your opinion. Who cares?

PM abnormal to discuss it further
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:13 PM   #22
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thats insane! You sir did a phenomenal job considering the circumstances. i tried that once and gave up after 1hr lol.
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:16 PM   #23
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Wow some of you guys are crazy! I'm painting them black period. Why b/c they will look good all winter even if I dont clean them. I might have left them silver if the paint didnt come off in a couple places.

first look what i found on va driven. black 07 wrx wheels

^how can you say that is rice???

2 winters ago I ran LGT wheels.


last winter I ran stock 16" wrx wheels rattle canned flat black w/all terrains & FXT suspension


I never had to wipe them off and they looked clean all winter. I just sprayed them off a couple of times. Even after taking it in the mud.


Thanks for the compliments from the normal people on here.

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Clean? What is this?

PS HOLY CRAP AMAZING JOB
Thanks man!

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What a difference!
Another good product I have found to remove stubborn caked on brake dust is muratic acid. Its used to clean cement and mortar.
It comes in a plastic bottle so its safe on clear coat and it straight up destroys brake dust.
I used a diluted wheel acid when doing this. Which is basically what you are talking about. I mix it 1/10.


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thats insane! You sir did a phenomenal job considering the circumstances. i tried that once and gave up after 1hr lol.
Only took me 2 hours to do all 4 then I was going to sand and paint them but I decided to wash my car instead.


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Old 03-23-2012, 01:28 PM   #24
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exploited gr You make dbag comments sorta like a guy wrxtim or something that was on here and got banned. Appearhently you know everything about wheels because you are making the same type of comments on a guys post trying to sell his spec c wheels. Give it a break or get off these forums if you don't like it. No one wants your negativity.

Btw nice job on the wheel detail. Came out super clean. I painted a set of 08 sti five spokes for my winter wheels and they turned out real good. Post those pics of the inside of wheel I'm real interested to see how it came out.
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wait, you're calling him rice for rattle canning wheels and you did this...

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&postcount=277

with this?
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&postcount=279

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