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Old 5th December 2008, 16:19   #1
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Default Cheap and effective way to renew alloys

Wanted to share an effective way to clean the toughest stains and dirt on your alloys and make them look new again.

This can clean the stains which cannot be treated with petorol/diesel or the alloy cleaners in the market.

Buy the regular acid from a hardware shop and a bottle of drinking soda.
Mix 1/3 of Acid to 2/3 of soda and brush off the alloys with this solution. make solution only in qty required.

I have been using this method and believe me the alloys are back to being as new. Some garges charge as high as 500-1000 rs for this..Do it at home in 50bucks.

I know the query in mind at this time is , will the acid not spoil my alloys..the answer is NO..if your alloys are original(and not re-painted) this is absolutely harmless..

May be many of you would already know this but thought of sharing for a larger audience.

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Buy the regular acid from a hardware shop and a bottle of drinking soda.
What is this "regular acid"? please elaborate.
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Just go to a hardware shop and ask them for acid..Thats what i do.
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Regular acid is a liquid which is used for various cleaning purposes.Its easily available in all hard ware shops should cost you may some 30 rs.You can just ask for a bottle of acid they will give it to you.
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What is this "regular acid"? please elaborate.
I presume he is mentioning what we use for our toilets, afaik which are available in 250ml cans.
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Interesting to know what will happen to the tyres, if the acid gets spilled on them accidentally.
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The acid is diluted with the soda..Im sure you are not going to pour it on the tyre...Try and avoid it spilling over the tyres to the extent possible..but this will happen and u can just wipe it off immed.

Nothing happened to my tyres.
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IF you have some Chinese made alloys, good luck. The paint will peel within 3 "washings"
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I guess the taiwan makes will not withstand the acid. Are your alloys AURA by any chance?
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The acid available for cleaning bathrooms is usually a milder version of Hydro Chloric acid (HCL3). I guess there would be no visible impact on the tyres if spilled accidentally, however IMHO, it might affect tyre wear in long run since acid reacts with rubber.
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i dont think this acid method is worth the risk
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The other method I have been thinking is some stickering on the area, where the outer coat of alloys has peeled off. My alloys is of silver color, hence some black stickering would do.

First we need to do mandatory paste up on the peeled off areas and then match it with all the other alloys (par designing is reqd for all)
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The acid method outlined below will be a "cheap and effective way to destroy alloys".
It's madness to even consider using acid. Your alloys integrity will be seriously compromised after a few times, and as to the tyres themselves, without doubt it will shorten their life, and possibly your own, when they fail.
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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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Why not just buy sonax alloy/wheel cleaner. A bottle costs Rs.200 and it lasts for many washes. Moreover it will not damage your alloys at all.
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