Cleaning alloy wheels


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Cleaning alloy wheels

Postby rperry@stfx.ca » Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:21 pm



What's a good Eco-friendly product (or home-grown solution) for cleaning old (1984 Aspencade) wheels?


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Re: Cleaning alloy wheels

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:26 pm

Surprisingly, try vinegar first.
If that doesn't do the trick, get some Mother's Mag & Aluminum polish.

Make sure that when you are through to put a wax on them initially and reapply every so often.
You can either use a spray or paste wax.
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Re: Cleaning alloy wheels

Postby vtxcandyred » Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:59 am

What's a good Eco-friendly product (or home-grown solution) for cleaning old (1984 Aspencade) wheels?


I really dont know of one myself. If the bike is that old and the wheels are very bad I would use whatever it took to clean them. Sometimes theres just no hope if the wheels are very bad.

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Re: Cleaning alloy wheels

Postby rooferx » Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:03 pm

White Diamonds ,,,works the best for me.

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Re: Cleaning alloy wheels

Postby spiralout » Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:45 pm

Another vote for white diamond for bringing back old metal. It took the fork sliders, carb vac caps and intake runners on my 1100 from old grey/black to polished shiny aluminum. It's takes a lot of elbow grease, though. As far as 1200 wheels, I'm not sure if they have the black painted parts that the Comstars on the 1100 do, but if they don't, try the method this guy uses on his 1800, 800 grit wet/dry. It's the way I clean my 1500 wheels.






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