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Old 07-15-2010, 06:35 PM
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Wheel Issue

While on a trip to Chicago, my pads on my back left wheel wore out, and the backing plates ground down the rotors for a few days before I got home and changed the brakes. The problem is, all that metal dust coated the wheel, and I was in rain most of the way home. So now there is a layer of dark orange/brown crap that I am assuming is rust on the wheel. I tried to scrub it off, but most of it stays. Anyone have any advice as to how to remove it without scarring the finish? They are stock 2005 17" rims.
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:25 AM
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I am going to assume that you are still running the stock rims which are clear coated. You need to get a bottle of clear coat safe wheel cleaner and a small stiff bristle brush (both available at Walmart) Spray the wheel and start scrubbing the crud off. Respray as needed and hose off as you go. Be patient, it will all come off. I had to do just this on my Wife's Explorer about a year ago, it was no fun.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:11 AM
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Thanks! I'll give it a try.
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I had some really cooked in brake dust and crap on my wheels after winter and found that Greased Lightning did a real good job of cutting through it and making it let go of my rims.
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