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Old 31st August 2007, 14:12   #1
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My Alloys - 8 spoke hyper-silver ones - are 4 + years old. They have over these years collected all kinds of muck (including some brake fluid that had leaked) to a point where they most definitely do not look good.

I was wondering if there is any method.. perhaps some solvent etc that one can use to remove the various residues on it and perhaps rub/polish them into shape.

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If its not chrome, get it buffed and polished. You'll be amazed at the results.
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If its not chrome, get it buffed and polished. You'll be amazed at the results.

Where?... where can one get this done in Bangy.... And will this method be able to get at the hard-to-reach corners too?
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Where?... where can one get this done in Bangy.... And will this method be able to get at the hard-to-reach corners too?

Any shop involved in metal finishing works will do the job. In BLR, I think the 4th left in the road that connects the Urvashi Theater jn to Double Road does the job. Its a chrome plating shop (I forget the name).


Since the job is manually done using a circular buffer, the amount of reach depends on the person's skills and the complexity of the wheel design.
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There are many alloy wheel cleaners from Turtle wax, Meguairs, STP, valvoline etc.
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Also if your alloys have the painted finish, a good body shop can give them a respray and get them looking as good as new.
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What is the finish on Palio OEM alloys....are they painted or finished to show such surface colour.
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What is the finish on Palio OEM alloys....are they painted or finished to show such surface colour.
Most mainstream alloys are either lacquer-coated or painted
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Sujith, take your alloys to Mahesh ( Sri Vari Aligners ). Give it to him and tell him to do what has to be done. Rest assured you'll get brand new looking alloys back.
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That's not gonna happen Harrie. I do not think KB has a lot of respect for the person you refer to. Besides, he might be of help in pointing out who can do such a job in Coimbatore.

I am interested in getting a set of VTec alloys buffed (no, not my current ones, I got them painted so buffing is out of question now). Am on the lookout and will let you know in a week or so.
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Oh ok. Then pbly you can try washing it with some concentrated washing soap . surf etc., Brush it up really good. If that still doesnt help, put some rubbing paste. Then once you are done put some 3M wax and buff it. Or better still clear coat it.
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Folks

My Alloys - 8 spoke hyper-silver ones - are 4 + years old. They have over these years collected all kinds of muck (including some brake fluid that had leaked) to a point where they most definitely do not look good.

I was wondering if there is any method.. perhaps some solvent etc that one can use to remove the various residues on it and perhaps rub/polish them into shape.
I used Formula One's Wheel Well, it is actually meant for chrome, but works on non chrome wheels too, I was having a hard time cleaning them with soap water and that last layer would never go, but this trick worked.
Below is a snap of the wheel after a Wheel well treatment after 1.5 years of daily Bangalore roaming, and the guy who washes my car is'nt so great, so this worked out. Thing is I wanna do it again now and am yet to find the time.

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Turtle wax rim/chrome cleaner is a good solution. easy to apply and the results are great.
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Turtle wax wheel cleaner (spray) available in small bottle for Rs. 150/-, this will clean all the dirt, grease and brake residue from the wheels. Wheels will look new. I have tried it, worked well for me.
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Brilliant!!... I think I will try that out...

@ Harrie.. Sriram's right... my exp with Sri Vari has been HORRENDOUS - and this is an impression firmed up after suffering three consecutive times!
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