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    Alloy cleaning

    My wheels have some stubborn stains on them that alloy cleaning products just won't shift, does anyone know if it would be safe to use a degreaser such as Gunk on them?

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    Have you tried using a clay bar?

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    I think degreaser will stain the alloy if left on it too long and you will have to polish it. Have you tried a clay bar as suggested or polishing compound? Is it stains in the alloy itself like faded color?

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    Are these Painted 10 Spokes? Would help to know what wheel/finish

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    I never knew you could clay bar wheels. I'm going to give it a try on my wheels. See what you learn on this site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KahanaReef View Post
    Have you tried using a clay bar?
    That would definitely be worth looking into.

    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    Is it stains in the alloy itself like faded color?
    They look like grimy hand prints. I did a test with Gunk on a small area, left it for about 30 seconds and it did come up good. I just wondered if there was any risk in a more liberal application and leaving it on for longer.

    I've tried to get some tar and film remover but I can't seem to find any, I ended up with some so-called wheel cleaner that could only shift the brake dust.


    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    Are these Painted 10 Spokes? Would help to know what wheel/finish
    They're the standard 17" SS 10 spoke wheels but they haven't got that mirror finish I've seen on other cars.

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    I used an aluminium cleaner from eagle one on mine. I've also used degreasers with no damage done.

    I usually follow it up with neverdull or mother's aluminium polish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMdef9 View Post
    I used an aluminium cleaner from eagle one on mine. I've also used degreasers with no damage done.

    I usually follow it up with neverdull or mother's aluminium polish.
    Agreed.

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    If they don't have a anodized finish on them try wet sanding them with 2000 grit and then repolish with a quality aluminum polish. If there are any scratches use a heavier paper and work your way up. Their is a anodize remover out there that will strip it off to leave raw aluminum. I did my whole sport bike some years ago started with 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500, 2000 and hand polished it turned out like a mirror and stayed real nice just clean with straight water NO cleaner and repolish once a year.
    It takes a lot of time and elbow grease but when their done they will be like no other

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    If they aren't painted then they're probably chrome. I would give some chrome polish a shot.

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    Thanks everyone, it's good to know there's always somewhere I can count on great advice.

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    Let us know what ends up working best for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    Are these Painted 10 Spokes? Would help to know what wheel/finish
    Hi,I like to ask can I put mustang gt500 2013 rims on my 02 trans am.Thanks (will thay fit)

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    Quote Originally Posted by camaro071 View Post

    Hi,I like to ask can I put mustang gt500 2013 rims on my 02 trans am.Thanks (will thay fit)
    No they won't. They are a totally different bolt pattern. Those wheels have a 5x114 bolt pattern and your trans am has a bolt pattern of 5x120.65.
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    while on the subject, i have 10 spoke SS painted 17's on mine and i would just like to know if theres ANY way to properly clean them. i have a rear wheel that is stained with some brown crap and i got no clue what i can do..HELP!

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    On a painted one just soap and water would work. Could try some clay bar like dena mentioned. Could use a sealer on top to protect them from the road grime

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    Yeah, I was thinking of my painted 17" 10 spokes when I mentioned the clay bar. Worked well for me.

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    i used that clay bar on the painted 10 spokes i have not much results though because it looks like my clear coat on that wheel is stained or peeling. gonna try it on the other ones, just sucks when the clear coat on one wheel gets so bad i cant even polish it out. im considering 2000 grit wet sand paper.....OR IS THAT A BAD IDEA??
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    2000 grit would make them worse. They would have to be buffed out to a shine afterwards to make them nice again. Look around your area for a powdercoater, might not be that expensive and you'll get a nicer longer lasting finish out of it

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    Try some "Barkeepers Friend" cleanser, it won't scratch, and will do a good job.

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