Detailing Bare Aluminum on Interstate 1200 Rims?


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Detailing Bare Aluminum on Interstate 1200 Rims?

Postby warmblood58 » Mon May 23, 2016 11:57 am



I have my rear wheel off for spline lube and used a wheel/tire cleaner and a toothbrush to scrub off old brake dust. After the rinse and dry, I dipped a toothbrush in WD40 and scrubbed black paint area with WD40 and the dull black paint really popped and now looks dark and glossy. My question is, are the raised bare aluminum areas coated? Anyone have a good technique for cleaning these areas? Any specific product? Bike cleaning up nicely, thanks!



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Re: Detailing Bare Aluminum on Interstate 1200 Rims?

Postby keithg64 » Mon May 23, 2016 7:32 pm

They should be clear coated and wd40 works great.
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Re: Detailing Bare Aluminum on Interstate 1200 Rims?

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Re: Detailing Bare Aluminum on Interstate 1200 Rims?

Postby warmblood58 » Mon May 23, 2016 11:21 pm

Perfect! I like it! Many thanks

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Re: Detailing Bare Aluminum on Interstate 1200 Rims?

Postby salty1 » Tue May 24, 2016 8:07 am

keithg64 wrote:They should be clear coated and wd40 works great.

If they haven't been modified, they probably didn't have a clear coat from the factory. I use Mothers Mag & Aluminum polish for both the black and the aluminum. Cleans things up well and doesn't leave oil residue.

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Re: Detailing Bare Aluminum on Interstate 1200 Rims?

Postby warmblood58 » Tue May 24, 2016 9:53 am

Thanks, yes, they do not appear to be coated so might give this a try. Its amazing what just cleaning them did, lol

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Re: Detailing Bare Aluminum on Interstate 1200 Rims?

Postby salty1 » Tue May 24, 2016 9:59 am

Warmblood58 also try putting some black paint of the right sheen on a paper towel and rubbing it on the clean rims where it belongs. Helps rejuvinate the old stuff.

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Re: Detailing Bare Aluminum on Interstate 1200 Rims?

Postby warmblood58 » Tue May 24, 2016 10:50 am

Sounds good, I found that toothbrushing in the WD40 really made the black paint"pop"

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Re: Detailing Bare Aluminum on Interstate 1200 Rims?

Postby Rusty Bike » Thu May 26, 2016 6:23 pm

I just scrubbed my front wheel last evening. Filled a 5 gal bucket half way with water as ballast and set the wheel on top. Break rotor just fit inside. Hit it with a short bristle brush and 50/50 mix of Simple Green. Next will rub out the bare aluminum with Cameo cleanser then some Semichrome polish to finish. There is defiantly no clear coat on these rims.

I tend to stick with the old fashion products. Murphy's Oil Soap works great to bring back color on plastic and vinyl and fiberglass.
Bar Keepers Friend is great on chrome and rusted chrome. Follow up with Carnuba wax to stop further rust but not on pipes. Oilly stuff on pipes causes blueing! The WD40 trick sounds good, I only use it for hand cleaner. Can't figure out how they sell so much of that stuff, it's about worthless! Rusty

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Re: Detailing Bare Aluminum on Interstate 1200 Rims?

Postby warmblood58 » Fri May 27, 2016 12:53 pm

Yea, WD40 light stuff but the black on the rims popped nicely using it and I will use it in the future for this kind of maintenance. Might be wD's new calling in life :-)

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Re: Detailing Bare Aluminum on Interstate 1200 Rims?

Postby twocams » Mon May 30, 2016 5:29 pm

If you google "uses for WD 40" there seems to be 2,000 uses. :o :roll: :?: :idea:

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