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Old 06-29-2005, 04:11 PM   #1
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Anti Seize Remover

It looks like maybe Pep boys when they initially installed the new Hankook H418s last week put a little too much anti seize on the left rear rim. It oozed out one of the lug nut holes and right down the middle of one of the spokes on my 2001 ZX3 factory alloy rims. In fact it slightly puddle on the rim lip too. I tried removing it with a cleaner wax and the tire shop that did the re-balancing this morning with the Hunter GSP9700 machine even tried some of their solvents. (very carefully) They did not want to ruin the painted surface of the wheel.

Does anyone have a good and "Safe" way something like this can be removed without damaging the wheel?

As for the tire balancing now, I have to get up to 70-75 MPH before I start getting some noticeable vibrations where as before they came in at around 40 MPH. 75 is the posted speed limit on the interstate here in NM and that as fast as I want to take this little Focus down the road. She is good around town but not a good hi-way cruiser.

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Old 06-29-2005, 05:27 PM   #2
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Generally you can wipe if of with a clean rag or paper towel. Just keep turning or folding the towell as this stuff seems to spread and multiply like the plague if you're not careful. A little brake cleaner or wd40 on a rag will clean it up as well. I've use both for cleanup purposes without damage to a painted or chromed finish. If in doubt, follow with a wash job.
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Old 06-29-2005, 06:01 PM   #3
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Agreed ^^^ The brake clean will help. Just use plenty of paper towels.. Spreading like the plague is a perfect description.
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Old 06-29-2005, 07:17 PM   #4
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Sounds good but the stuff is "DRY".

Now what?

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If its dry, its certainly not the anti-seeze I'm familiar with. The standard is made by Permatex. Its comes in a tube and is a silver paste. It smears all over the place. Get it on you fingers and you will contaminate everything you touch. A dry anti-seeze seems to defeat the purpose and I question how it would work. You might want to ask them what they put on.

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Old 06-30-2005, 02:12 PM   #6
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Agreed ^^ It is always wet, even years later..so it is not antisieze...ask them what it is
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^^^Annnnnd, another one in agreement^^^
If it's not still wet/slimy/smeary, it's not any anti-seize I've ever heard of.
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It's probably silicone to help seal the bead. You can try using a bit of gasoline. Just make sure you rewax your wheel after. Do I need to mention you don't need to smoke during this process?

Carb cleaner works well to dissolve all kinds of crap, too.
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Use breake clean or contact cleaner.. Really good carb cleaner will eat the clear cote right off the wheel
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Thanks everyone. I still do not know what it was but it radiated out from one of the lugnut holes in the rim. It initially felt slightly tacky but not really wet and did not smear as mentioned above about the anti seize compounds. It looks like it might eventually wear off with lots or scrubbing. (not too hard to take the coating off the wheel though)

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