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how to get off hard water spotting on aluminum

This is a discussion on how to get off hard water spotting on aluminum within the Wheels and Tires forums, part of the General Help category; i have a set of brand new boyd coddingtons ..they are all polished well this is the first time im ...

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    how to get off hard water spotting on aluminum

    i have a set of brand new boyd coddingtons ..they are all polished well this is the first time im tryin to shine them since i bought them and i cannot seem to get the little water spots off.i tried chrome polish..mothers..windex..wd40..lol how do i get them off!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by claytonr View Post
    i have a set of brand new boyd coddingtons ..they are all polished well this is the first time im tryin to shine them since i bought them and i cannot seem to get the little water spots off.i tried chrome polish..mothers..windex..wd40..lol how do i get them off!!!!!!!!
    i cant say a sure fix, but on the preventative side you need to dry them thoroghly after washing if the water is that hard. also washing them when they are hot after driving will cause spotting on polished non-clearcoat wheels. what i use on aluminum may help but i have to go to the garage, forget the name. did your polishing cloth turn black when you were using it? thats a sure sign that its working well, but maybe not on the spots.

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    If you have any bike buddies ask if they use S-100 cycle cleaner. That stuff is great for hard water stains, and an all around clean. I never understood why they sell it for bikes in bike shops and dont try to market if for a total car cleaner.

    That shit cleans everything.

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    Worlds Easiest Metal Polish by Satin Gloss. corny name but it has taken anything off my bike rims that ever got on them. comes in a 12 oz bottle.

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    when i have hard water spots on my bird normally the windows i always used scratch X and that cleans ANYTHING off the damn glass..nto sure about your wheels but i think its worth a shot on maby some old stockers to try out? and its fairly cheap too

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    nice options ill pick a few up and try them like i scratched with my finger nail and everything and rubbed real hard with a rag and it didnt work..so hopfully that stuff will do some magic!!

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    This is what I have always used. The Eagle 1 doesn't leave a high shine but thats what the Mother's Billet is for. Any spots I have ever had on my wheels, using both of these has removed the spots.

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    i picked up the s-100 and it cleans like hell but it did not take off the spots..i will def have to get that eagle one..autozone??

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    Damn sorry there, I thought for sure it would help. On the bright side, that stuff cleans like nobodys buisness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claytonr View Post
    i picked up the s-100 and it cleans like hell but it did not take off the spots..i will def have to get that eagle one..autozone??
    Yep, Autozone for sure I used to use it a lot, haven't gotten a new one since I ran out last time though. I agree with Preston about the lack of shine, but I have some Mother's for that as well

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    no problem triple h coating.. i can use it for the muffler tips and engine bay and so forth..like i said those water spots are HARDCORE!

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    more polish and buff harder. drop by a car shop, or body shop of some sort. they probably have an industrial aluminum cleaner on hand. ask if you could spray down your rims. but dont get any on the rubber.

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    I wonder if baking soda and water would work?

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    might try that on a discreet spot.lol best bet is prolly stopping by a body shop and asking them..they know everything..

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    I always use mothers and it took care of everything, after you wash the rims off again. Cause if your rims are super hot and you try to clean them its bad times!!!
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    This may be a stupid idea, but what about trying C.L.R. (calcium, lime, rust remover) thats used for the bathroom. I know it does wonders on the shower head when it starts to clog up with calcium and sprays all over the damn shower.

    Just a thought.

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    worth a try..

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