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Getting baked on mud off an alloy wheel

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Sirrel Squirrel, 6 Jun 2006.

  1. Sirrel Squirrel

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 5 Aug 2003

    Posts: 7,789

    Location: Essex

    I've got some black stuff thats baked onto my alloy wheel possibly mud, which I can't get off by just scrubbing it, I can however pick it off with my finger nail but it'd probably take me a day to do a whole spoke at that rate, I was just wondering if there are any tools that I could use, which wouldn't scratch the wheel itself, any ideas?
     
  2. MuvverRussia

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,177

    Location: Cardiff/Coventry

    probably brake dust. Go to halfords etc and pick up some alloy wheel cleaner and use that. Should shift it.
     
  3. Sirrel Squirrel

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 5 Aug 2003

    Posts: 7,789

    Location: Essex

    I got some turtle wax foam that you spray on, which is then meant to eat away whatever this stuff is but it didn't really work even after scrubbing, only a few tiny bits came off. I think I need something like a paint scrapper but I'm worried that'll take the finish off the wheels if I use that.
     
  4. Nimzicki

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,633

    Location: London

    Get the Wonder Wheels alloy cleaner, I had baked on brake dust/dirt etc. from when the previous owner hadn't cleaned them before storing in his garage, seriously this stuff is amazing, brought em up like new!
     
  5. PardonTheWait

    Capodecina

    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 24,036

    Black? Sounds like tar. Tar & Glue remover :)
     
  6. andi

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Manchester

    Tried a nylon brush?
     
  7. Sirrel Squirrel

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 5 Aug 2003

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    Location: Essex

    Well I lie, its more of a really dark brown, I'm a bit colour blind so it's black to me :p I'll try that wonder wheels stuff, do they sell it in Halfords?
     
  8. Nimzicki

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,633

    Location: London

    They do indeed, 7.99 or something. Smells rank though..like a high school chemistry lab, but takes the dirt off instantly, was pleasantly surprised :)
     
  9. RiPz

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 756

    Location: Middleton, Manchester

    steam? careful you dont take the laquer off though :p
     
  10. Zip

    Capodecina

    Joined: 26 Jun 2005

    Posts: 20,224

    Location: Australia

    Could use a tooth brush :)
     
  11. jpmonkey69

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Aug 2003

    Posts: 3,000

    I used Meguires Hot Wheels and a few clean terry cloths... it works really well!