Cleaning VERY Dirty Wheels (Stored Outside)
Picked up some cheap alloy wheels to use for winter. They are VERY gross looking, especially inside. I want to get them reasonably clean, so they can be plasti-dipped.
First, the surface where the wheel mates with the rotor is very rusted. I'm assuming this should be relatively clean and level, correct? How can I get that rust off without damaging the surface of the wheel? I don't know if all the rust is from the car they came off of (it looks like actual rust, not aluminum corrosion, although a bit of that, too) or something else, but it's considerable.
After that, there's a lot of grease, tar, and what appears to be fix-a-flat everywhere else. I got most of it off of one wheel, although the mating surface is still pretty gross, and it took me a couple hours to get it clean (dish detergent + scotch brite pad). These are winter wheels, and are going to be covered in plastidip anyways, so I'm not concerned about ruining the finish...I just want a quicker solution that gets them looking decent.
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