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Old 07-19-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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How to clean yellowish stains on rims?

Hey guys I recently purchased a pair of 04 svt rims and they're almost flawless except theyre a little dirty in the sides of the spokes and I'd love to clean it up. There's this yellowish stain and little black dots on the side of six spokes on each wheels. I bought wheel cleaner and that didn't work. I'm thinking about taking some steel wool to it but I don't want to scratch the pant. Any suggestions?


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Old 07-19-2012, 08:46 AM   #2
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Hey guys I recently purchased a pair of 04 svt rims and they're almost flawless except theyre a little dirty in the sides of the spokes and I'd love to clean it up. There's this yellowish stain and little black dots on the side of six spokes on each wheels. I bought wheel cleaner and that didn't work. I'm thinking about taking some steel wool to it but I don't want to scratch the pant. Any suggestions?
I've used steel wool and wheel cleaner to clean the inside of the wheel with much success but it will scratch the paint/clear on the spokes pretty easily. The best thing to do would be just to refinish them completely but that's a decent amount of work.
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Hmm yea I don't have that type of money right now. How bad of scratches are we talking? Cause if it's going to be really bad and noticeable I probably won't end up doing it.
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Use #0000 steel wool if you must. I did my dads brake dust caked wheels with #0000 and it turned out great!

BUT the safest way to do it would be with polishing compound just like you'd use on paintwork. It'll take some elbow grease, but it's safe.
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Use #0000 steel wool if you must. I did my dads brake dust caked wheels with #0000 and it turned out great!

BUT the safest way to do it would be with polishing compound just like you'd use on paintwork. It'll take some elbow grease, but it's safe.
I actually have some turtlewax compound rub and it is like a maroon colored stuff. I used it to take rust off my girlfriends white camry and it left a maroonish stain on the car and it took me a good ten minutes to rub it out until I couldn't see the stain anymore. I don't know if I'd like to take that route since I've had such a bad experience with it. Was I using it right?
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Use #0000 steel wool if you must. I did my dads brake dust caked wheels with #0000 and it turned out great!

BUT the safest way to do it would be with polishing compound just like you'd use on paintwork. It'll take some elbow grease, but it's safe.
That's good to know! I always just scubbed the shiz out of them. The inside of my wheels need some love.
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Sounds dumb, but try melamine foam (mr. clean magic eraser), the generic brand at $.99 stores is the same thing.
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I'll give it a try.
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I've been doing a lot of googling at work and I found this brand called P21S and they have a wheel cleaner that is supposed to get rid of the yellow stains. Only problem is no stores carry it and I'll have to order it offline. Anyone tried it?
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I actually have some turtlewax compound rub and it is like a maroon colored stuff. I used it to take rust off my girlfriends white camry and it left a maroonish stain on the car and it took me a good ten minutes to rub it out until I couldn't see the stain anymore. I don't know if I'd like to take that route since I've had such a bad experience with it. Was I using it right?
It was probably single stage white. It was also probably oxidized. I bet if you'd have polished out the whole area to a shine it wouldn't have stained.

But rubbing compound is scary stuff. I'd stick to something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-G1721...imate+compound

...which they carry at Target and Wal Mart.

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That's good to know! I always just scubbed the shiz out of them. The inside of my wheels need some love.
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I've been doing a lot of googling at work and I found this brand called P21S and they have a wheel cleaner that is supposed to get rid of the yellow stains. Only problem is no stores carry it and I'll have to order it offline. Anyone tried it?
P21S is a good wheel cleaner. IDK if it will take out stains though. It's also fairly expensive as wheel cleaners go...
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