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Old 05-04-2020, 07:36 AM   #1
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Default Need Help, Stained matte bronze wheels

I was washing my car and I decided to use degreaser on my wheels and I stupidly left the degreaser (yeah I'm dumb for even using it in the first place) on the wheels for a bit and ended up with stained wheels is there anything I can do to remove the stains any advice is appreciated
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Old 05-04-2020, 11:57 AM   #2
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take pictures of it so we can see what the stains look like
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Old 05-04-2020, 12:50 PM   #3
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Clay the wheels.
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Old 05-06-2020, 07:29 PM   #6
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Start with a good washing and clay them. If no avail, try something slightly acidic as degreasers tend to be basic, something like diluted vinegar, but do not let it dry. Most aggressive is to compound/polish if it's etched into the finish, be warned though some wheel paint tends to be very thin.

This video from The Rag Company may help. It's for water spots from hard water, but it's applicable cause hard water tends to be slightly on the basic side (higher than a pH of 7)
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Start with a good washing and clay them. If no avail, try something slightly acidic as degreasers tend to be basic, something like diluted vinegar, but do not let it dry. Most aggressive is to compound/polish if it's etched into the finish, be warned though some wheel paint tends to be very thin.

This video from The Rag Company may help. It's for water spots from hard water, but it's applicable cause hard water tends to be slightly on the basic side (higher than a pH of 7)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNPtBeyOlNA
Hi thanks for the info kinda new to the detailing scene and I dont know what clay bar i should buy, got any suggestions?
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Old 05-08-2020, 10:33 AM   #8
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Anything from the major brands is fine, for wheels I suggest a medium grade.

Just saw in your title that these are matte (they don't appear so in the pics), so fyi if you polish it will turn glossy.
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Old 05-29-2020, 01:14 AM   #9
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Stained mine on my previous Subaru and depending on your wheel I used steel wool to get it out. Claying might work. Depending if your wheels are alloy you might be able to use a alloy wheel cleaner
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