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Old 07-15-2010, 04:32 PM   #1
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long story short, i have rust/metal from the rear pads on my back rims of my 06 wrx. does anyone know how i could clean this? i got most of the heavy stuff off w/ rim cleaner and simple green (using the rough side of a sponge) but it isnt enough. is there a sand paper i can use without scratching the rims? would i be able to use a really fine steel wool? or is that too much?

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Old 07-15-2010, 04:34 PM   #2
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:42 PM   #3
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lol, so no advice though?
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:46 PM   #4
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Try SONAX wheel cleaner...it targets the iron from the brake dust.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:46 PM   #5
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lol, so no advice though?

not really...you can try some steel wool but it may hurt the clear coat...spray some rust remover (like PB blast)on the spots but wash it off quickly and use some sealer afterwards
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:06 PM   #6
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I like purple power.... keep it off the paint though might be too strong for it
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:16 PM   #7
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I used to like black magic for my dirty rim jobs...

Sorry, I couldn't help it. However, black magic used to work wonders. You have to let it set in though.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:01 PM   #8
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Chemical guys Diablo gel, or Sonax wheel cleaner.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:18 AM   #9
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What TEK112 said. Black Magic and even Eagle 1 are damn great products and what I use on my customer cars when I detail them.

Also, if you want to spend less time scrubbing your wheels clean, try spraying some armor all on a terry towel and put on a nice coat. Go over the rim two times until you have a nice film on it. Do not worry, it will not make the wheel look faded but in turn give it a wet look. But the best part is, next time you wash your car (whether in the winter or summer) all you have to do is spray the wheel clean with water. Even a garden hose using your thumb to spray off the dust will work as well.

But if the rim is as dirty as you say it is, OP, then you can't go wrong with Sonax. That is some great stuff.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:30 PM   #10
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You might need a strong cleaner like Megs Wheel brightener. Sonax is a good choice as well and quite a bit strong then diablo wheel cleaner in my use (3:1 dilution).

After that you are really only left with an acid, just be very very careful, especially since your hardcore scrubbing might have effected the clearcoat.
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:37 PM   #11
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thanks for everyones help, i think im going to try the sonax wheel cleaner. it seems expensive so i hope it works good. also, i really like the idea of the armor all on the wheels. im going to do that once i get them clean.


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Old 07-20-2010, 01:17 PM   #12
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WHEELS, not rims!! (unless ur only talking about the rim itself)
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:28 PM   #13
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not gonna lie, thats why I clicked here too
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:31 PM   #14
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:32 PM   #15
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Sandpaper, steel wool will scratch up the wheels. All sandpaper will induce scratches, something like 2,000-3,000 will make very small scratches but none the less there scratches and probably will do more harm. You could try eagle one metal polish. It comes in a silver tin and its like wadding but its not harsh and should help clean it up a bit.

SANDPAPER AND STEEL WOOL WILL SCUFF UP THE WHEELS
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Use steel wool but you will have to put another clear coat on.... also try mothers they have some really good products
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:54 PM   #17
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:19 PM   #18
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sonax wont take off anything REALLY built up...megs wheel brightner is your best bet with LOTS of elbow grease followed by a really aggressive clay bar.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:16 PM   #19
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Megs Wheel Brightener did a good job of removing the rust from my inner wheel surfaces without much work just normal wheel brush agitation. I thought they were done...but now look almost new.
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sonax wont take off anything REALLY built up...megs wheel brightner is your best bet with LOTS of elbow grease followed by a really aggressive clay bar.
Why a clay bar?
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:29 PM   #21
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Clay bar will help remove any of the rust/contaminants.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:41 AM   #22
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Between this and "My knob is old and worn out" I'm not sure what to think.
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:51 AM   #23
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I am sure this will be horribly frowned upon here, and I personally wouldn't do it. As an absolute last resort I have heard the the non-bake type oven cleaner can be used when nothing else will work.
On another note, I used non-diluted simple green automotive formula before painting my wheels to remove all the grime. It worked well, and in condensed state it is pretty harsh stuff.
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:20 PM   #24
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couldnt find sonax at autozone or pepboys, anyone know where they carry it?
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ill tell u if u change ur post to say wheel instead of rim.
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