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Old 07-21-2011, 07:11 PM   #1
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The lips of my racing hart rims are covered with water stain. i purchased the rims used. Dunno what they are made of.
I tried Mother's Mag & polish, Meguiar's hot rim cleaner (purple), and soap and water. None of them worked.
How do i get rid of them?
i prefer to use the product that they actually used to get rid of the strong water stain on the rims before
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:49 PM   #2
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hand polish, compound
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:11 AM   #3
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hand polish, compound
product suggestion?
mother's mag n metal polish didn't work though
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:12 AM   #4
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what is the exact rim model? Maybe we can do some research first to find out exactly what they are made of. Kinda looks like just aluminum. If they are brushed alum. Maybe some super fine steel wool. Got a pic of the entire rim?
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:31 AM   #5
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does vinegar work?
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:13 PM   #6
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Yeah, you need to know exactly what you are working on before trying an assortment of chemicals. Looks like polished aluminum possibly with a coating to hold the polished look. I would call the company and find out exactly what the finish is on the rim and get suggestions from them on how to treat them. It looks like chemical etching not water stains; water doesn't stain any way, it's the minerals and chemicals in the water. If the spots appeared after cleaning the wheels I would suspect that was the cause. If you can get a hold of Flitz aluminum pre-cleaner, Flitz 1500 scuff pad or 0000 abrasive scuff pad(substitute for 0000 steel wool), and Flitz polish, or Wolfgang metal polish. You have to use a aluminum cleaner to start to break the aluminum oxide's bond to the bare aluminum. Then you can polish and seal the polished aluminum. If your wheels have a coating over the polished aluminum then the stains/spots are through the coating you will most likely have to go through the coating to completely remove the spots. Like I said before, contact Hart with as much info as you have on the rims and get their professional opinion/advice to avoid further damage. The more I look at your pic it looks like they are polished aluminum and the white staining/spotting is aluminum oxide caused by chemicals etching into any protective layer that was put in place to protect the polished Al. What have you used to apply the metal polish you tried already? If you used a soft applicator with no bit to it, that is probably why you didn't get results. The Mothers' powerball, or Flitz polishing ball on a drill will take less effort on your part and probably give you results. Best wished getting this fixed and keep us posted on what you find out.
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:29 PM   #7
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I bet they are anodized aluminum and you shouldn't use polish on the anodization!!!!!!
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:01 PM   #8
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thanks for help guys.
they are racing hart J5

I'll read over the long post later haha
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:28 PM   #9
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If you used Metal polish and it did no harm a hand polish will not harm either. Personally you might want to try Einszett Polish Wax its not as abrasive as a regular polish but is a good cleaner and will put a coat of wax on as well.
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