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    How to clean old wheels?

    Bought a set of OEM 16" rims cheap from a STS that had 213k miles and still going, the face looks pretty good but one got spraypainted black and they all have oxidation on the back of the wheels. I want to use these for winter and I'm probably just going to plasti-dip them or something, how do I remove all the oxdiation? I'd imagine it involves a powertool and an attachment.

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    Wire wheels on a drill, they sell many diff styles. Wear proper protective gear, that dust sucks to get in your lungs and are wheels catch on stuff and rip your hands up, or at least that's what happens to me

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    Re: How to clean old wheels?

    if those are just winter beater wheels -
    just clean the bead area so they hold air -
    and call it DONE -

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    Re: How to clean old wheels?

    Take the wheels to a metal refinisher - commercial. Have the insides blasted with baking soda, then clearcoat them.

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    Re: How to clean old wheels?

    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
    if those are just winter beater wheels -
    just clean the bead area so they hold air -
    and call it DONE -
    That was the plan but one of the wheels is spraypainted black by the seller to test a can of paint, I'm not riding around with mismatched rims. I was just gonna steel wool the black paint off but I really can't stand looking at the oxidation when I can do something about it before tires get put on.


    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner409 View Post
    Take the wheels to a metal refinisher - commercial. Have the insides blasted with baking soda, then clearcoat them.

    I called a local place and they wanted $75 per wheel, that's more than what I paid for all four rims.

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    Re: How to clean old wheels?

    Quote Originally Posted by weister42 View Post
    I called a local place and they wanted $75 per wheel, that's more than what I paid for all four rims.
    ............ which is why they are in poor condition. Considering the price of one new GM wheel $300 to refinish 4 is a steal. Look up your local Mobile Wheel Repair franchise and ask them.

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    Re: How to clean old wheels?

    0000 steel wool will remove the paint and clean up any oxidation nicely. Corrosion on the back side is a whole different story. That's gonna take a good heavy duty wire brush. A tire shop might do that for 5 or 10 bucks each.

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    Re: How to clean old wheels?

    Try Air Conditioning Coil Cleaner. Wear gloves & long sleeves!!!!! Spray some cleaner on, scrub with a brass bristled wire brush and rinse with TONS of water. I used some on a set of aluminum wheels off one of my other cars and it took off a winters worth of salt damage.

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    That will DESTROY any painted or cleared rim, and make chrome look like CRAP.

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    Re: How to clean old wheels?

    True, but he's looking to remove the oxidation and paint and then he's going to repaint them anyways. From the looks of the back of those rims, I don't think they could get much worse.... I would defiately NOT recommend doing this on a good set of wheels!!!

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    Re: How to clean old wheels?

    Quote Originally Posted by 20Deville00 View Post
    True, but he's looking to remove the oxidation and paint and then he's going to repaint them anyways. From the looks of the back of those rims, I don't think they could get much worse.... I would defiately NOT recommend doing this on a good set of wheels!!!

    Yep, I bought these rims solely because I want to use them in the winter, I don't care about the chrome on it since they're peeling anyway.

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