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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-05-2016, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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83 1100A rim cleaning suggestions

I'm rebuilding the front forks, progressive springs, new slider bushings,wheel bearings,oil,tire and some o-rings and whatnot on the trac system. With that being said, I'm having a hell of a time getting the rim clean, all the nooks and crannies are near impossible to get clean.

I will say that the rims are in pretty good shape minus the caked on brake dust. I've spent some dough at the carwash, and even brought my own dawn soap and scrub brushes. Is there something I can spray on and let it soak in without killing the black paint? I have the discs off and everything so I want to get a good cleaning while I can.

I tried some spray on stuff and it almost turned really bad, started to etch the aluminum good thing I tested it first! Is there some type of drill attachment you guys are using?

I'm also polishing the fork tubes, is it recommended to clear coat them so they stay decent and clean easily?

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Try Simple Green or at the dollar store there is a product called AWESOME, and it is awesome, my father-in-law used to buy it and swore by it. I said for a dollar how good could it be? But it is great. I use it on almost everything from cleaning black streaks off my RV to spots on the carpet and everything in between. Of course like anything else trty it on a small spot first

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Clear coat on the tubes is one option. Wheels are usually clear coated. Some will polish an item and then use a carnuba wax to protect from oxidization. And it's easier to remove the wax to touch up the polish when necessary.


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I use different sized paint brushes and usually 409 is good enough. I'd like to try some of that Awesome stuff. Simple Green didn't work well for me.
For really greasy areas you can use brake cleaner, but do that sparingly.

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I like to have a go at the rims when they are off the bike. Mineral spirits and different sized paint brushes first. Then a good scrubbing with a strong detergent

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