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    Question Cleaning the backside of the rims

    What would be a good way to remove the old brake dust and hardened stuff on the backside of my stock rims? I tried tar remover, simple green, brake clean, carburetor cleaner, ect... and nothing has really done that well. I'm not trying to strip/polish the rims, just clean the crap off of the backs.
    Maybe someone has an idea of what will work and not damage the rims.

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    Ironx will help neutralize everything and make it easier to clean. But if its been on their a few years. Claying and other cleaners will help but it will take a full polishing to get rid of it all. Brake dust if not neutralized will etch into the surface and cause grooves were it will bind to it.
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    Hiya,

    Been there, done this and although my cleaning of the back of the rims is a pre-cursor to further
    work with abrasive papers and flap wheels and stuff my initial cleaning is with acetone and a
    scotchbrite.

    If you don't want to scratch things then a fine one or a worn one and this is just enough "bite"
    to loosen the crap with the acetone. As always start mild and work up so you may find that acetone
    and a rough type of shop rag will do??!

    Hope this helps.

    Trev

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    I was going to say that you'll probably need some type of solvent to really get that stuff off. Whatever you use, test it first in a small area before you go nuts on the whole back of the rim.

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    Thanks for all the ideas, I kind of figured it was going to be difficult. I wonder if lacquer thinner would loosen the crud up?
    I will try a few different chemicals/solvents and some fine abrasive or steel wool and see where that gets me.
    Thanks again!

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    Lacquer thinner might work, but I don't know if it will stain the finish permanently. I have used brake cleaner and a wire brush to remove brake dust when I balance polished wheels using tape weights.

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