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how to remove black etch stains from aluminum rims.

you know like from bugs and break dust.

dont think the last guy gave a shit about the aluminum rims.

tired 4 different kinds of metal polishes for all kinds and 0000 steel wool.

nothing. its still there.

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did a small spot old school style (wet sand in various grades then polished) it worked...fuck though man thats a whole weekend right there blown. its gonna have to wait.



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have you tried "Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish"? ....I've been amazed at how easily I've cleaned up dull, dirty, corroded surfaces with this stuff (I've used it on AL, Chrome and even painted surfaces....always test on a small spot first though).

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Only 1 way to keep it from happening again and again. Chrome. Once you go there ya might as well add a little fringe too.

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No clearcoat, tried mothers, might chrome down the line but pretty much a waste as the rims are so hid.



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Scotch brite? cuts dirt and corrosion leaves a nice brushed finish easy to polish
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No clearcoat, tried mothers, might chrome down the line but pretty much a waste as the rims are so hid.
Describes my situation too. I spoke to the HD dealer about it and nothing came of it. The dealer went out of business so I have kind of given up on that. I have mine detailed once a year and something they are using seems to work about as well as I can see. It is an off the shelf mag wheel cleaner. Something like Wheel-Brite or something. I'll try to find out the real name for you.

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You can get it at auto zone. It always worked for me. You spray it and wait. Then rinse. If the tough dirt isn't gone, I spray it one more time and use a cloth to remove it. I love this product and highly recommend it.

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go to thehardware store, get a can of OOPS, in paint department, unbelievable stuff. I likne Mr. Clean magic eraser also.

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the steel wool leaves particles that are gonna rust down the road, gotta scrub the shit out of that area now to get rid of it

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Yea my wheels have that too... but that's cause someone sprayed acid on my bike.
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