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Factory Chrome wheels on a 98 Deville.

The little half circles on the inner part of the wheel (not chrome) will not come clean. Brake dust is just set in it and the wheels were probably never cleaned.

F21 won't do it and I used it for years because it proved itself over and over.

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Well, just spent about 5 hours cleaning the stupid wheel with F21 and steel wool (0000 grit). Brake dust, road tar, and years of grime. Holy crap, don't ever want to do that again. My fingers are going to be destroyed for quite some time.

They do however look nice.
 

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:rolleyes: Go 'way back in this detailing area and find "paint stripper", "chrome wheels", "STS painted wheels" or similar. The duller silver-gray filler in the spoke openings is paint, and if you carefully remove the wheel from the car and use a commercial household paint stripper, you wind up with a polished and sandblasted looking chrome wheel. It's work, but it works........
 

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:rolleyes: Go 'way back in this detailing area and find "paint stripper", "chrome wheels", "STS painted wheels" or similar. The duller silver-gray filler in the spoke openings is paint, and if you carefully remove the wheel from the car and use a commercial household paint stripper, you wind up with a polished and sandblasted looking chrome wheel. It's work, but it works........
Yup, found out when I cleaned them that the inner part is painted. I kind of like the contrast, but when I eventually need tires, I will probably dismount them and strip the wheels to the all chrome look.

For now, I will apply a spray wax to keep the dust from sticking as much as possible.
 
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