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What's this creepy crud on my rear wheel?

Anybody know what this stuff is and how to get rid of it? It is on the back rim of my 2013 GL-1800.

It has a 'snowflake' kind of appearance. Polish/cleaner doesn't faze it. If I scratch at it with a fingernail, it comes off with a lot of difficulty.

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If the rim is clear coated, it sounds like the finish is coming off.


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I wonder if the clear coat is coming off. They didn't clear coat the rims until the 2012 model, before that it was bare aluminum.

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That looks as though something got through the clear coat.
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Dave, My '85's rims were clear coated as well as the rest of the aluminum parts on the bike. That looks identical to what I had on mine which wound up being corrosion under the Clear Coat. I removed the clear coat, buffed out the corrosion and pitting and then applied about 8 coats of Mothers Carnuba Car Wax. Looked pretty good after I got done with her!!!

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Assuming it is the clear coat, other than looking ugly, is there likely any harm in leaving it alone? The bike is still in warranty (extended) - I'm wondering if peeling clear coat is covered. I found lots of Honda car issues with clear coat when I Googled, but nothing on Gold Wing wheels.

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Assuming it is the clear coat, other than looking ugly, is there likely any harm in leaving it alone? The bike is still in warranty (extended) - I'm wondering if peeling clear coat is covered.
I don't see it harms anything. Wouldn't hurt to ask.

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I wonder if the clear coat is coming off. They didn't clear coat the rims until the 2012 model, before that it was bare aluminum.
You are correct when we are talking US-spec bikes , but all EU-spec GL1800s
has clear coat on the wheels
Yes , this dosnt help the OP , - just wanted to let you know

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Anybody know what this stuff is and how to get rid of it? It is on the back rim of my 2013 GL-1800.

It has a 'snowflake' kind of appearance. Polish/cleaner doesn't faze it. If I scratch at it with a fingernail, it comes off with a lot of difficulty.


it is aluminum corrosion under the clear coat. usually a result of the clear coat failing, cracking, etc and then holding moisture.
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