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Old 6th December 2008, 13:24   #16
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Did not want to start a new thread hence posting here.

The OEM Alloys on my NHC were scratched pretty bad by a driver who was taking care of the car while I was away.

The scratches are quite superficial but have taken away the shine from the wheels. is there a fine abrassive or polish I can use to buff the wheels and return these to the orginal shine.

Would appriciate any advice in this regard.
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Old 6th December 2008, 16:22   #17
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I use this to clean my trucks' alloys. Available at most accessories shops... Just spray and use an old toothbrush and then wash it down with water.

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Since acid may be dangerous, are there any other reliable ways of cleaning the alloys? My stock Ford alloys, made by Hindalco, are shining ok, but the deep groves where the wheel nuts are located are dirty brown, and I find it difficult to remove them. The stains are stubborn and the narrow openings make it difficult to clean them--at most I can only slip a finger in.

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I use this to clean my trucks' alloys. Available at most accessories shops... Just spray and use an old toothbrush and then wash it down with water.

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What about "Easy Off Bang" or similar stain cleaners.. did any one try that?
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Have anybody tried LA's Awesome cleaner on Alloys?
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What about "Easy Off Bang" or similar stain cleaners.. did any one try that?
Isnt this supposed to be a Cloth Detergent??

Why dont you just paint the Wheels? At least it will look cool!!

Also remember, the above advice was given by a mad bawaji with a Fetish for Matt Black Spray Paint!!
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Cyrus "Easy of Bang" is not a cloth detergent.Used to clean stains on the floor etc.
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Dont damage tires with techniques not proven by test. if its a one time affair remove the tires from alloy and do this
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Anybody tried Coca-cola with powder salt?
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TA - Post some pics. If the scratches are on the shiny surface of the wheels, then there is nothing much you can do.
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Well I do it this way, It's unique and different but works!

Just add few ml of petrol with Ezee (Mild detergent) and it works wonders.
clears stain and shines and not harmful as well
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Man, what wonderful home made solutions on this thread. I do not have enough wheels to try them all out.
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Man, what wonderful home made solutions on this thread. I do not have enough wheels to try them all out.
I have the wheels if you want to experiments the safer ones. You just need to take a flight from Chennai to Delhi.

Pls dont mind.

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Friends..Good to know that atleast great ideas are pouring on this thread and am sure are helping many.

Just to share my exp i have used ACID+SODA and it works..My tyres are also intact but yes you need to be careful and wipe out drops immed..I had cautioned in my original post that pls do not try this on painted wheels(which obviously include Chinese ones) since i was not sure on the effect.

This method was shared by an experienced and old garage guy who specializes in imported cars...While he mentioned this to me i also hesitated to believe initially and then he showed me some of his cars where he had done this..I went by his experience and have not yet suffered.

if one is too concerned about the tyres it would be worth removing the tyres and trying this but yes this is time consuming and needs effort.

Its a personal choice. I am sure many find this to be dangerous and stupid because of ACID. But i had tried Petrol/Diesel and other cleaners which never worked...Who knows what are the ingredients of alloy cleaners available in the market. has anybody bothered to read that..

The Acid i bought was sold in plastic bottles..When nothing happens to plastic am sure tyres can resist this mild acid attack as well.


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Friend, I just tried this method in my alloy and it works, but not efficient. So I diluted 2/3 of ACID to 1/3 SODA and my God, My Wheels become BLACK!!!!!!!

So Do not overreact and try as concentrated than the specified amount.
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Recently went out and bought the SONAX Wheel cleaner.

I spray that onto my wheels and leave it for about 30-45 mins, it pulls out all the dirt including the carbon dust of the brakes.

After 30-45 mins, use a garden hose and just rinse it off, the result shiny silver/black alloys (Mine is Black machine finish).

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