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Old 02-06-2019, 07:19 PM   #1
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Cleaning inner wheels

So, yesterday I took one of my wheels off to get a look on how bad they are on the inside. As you can see on the picture below they aren't to bad, but there is copious amounts of wheel weight tape on there. All 4 wheels have this...

So I started by taking the wheel off (this is the front left one, if you care to know). Not to bad considering I have had the car for the past 1,5 year, never had the wheels of and it has never had any protection on it. I generally clean my wheels with Megs APC mixed 1 :5.

Now for the stupid amount of tape that is placed on side of the spokes! So right where you can see it. Also note the scratches around the tape. Looks like someone tried to remove it with a wirebrush.

I then cleaned the inside of the wheel with APC and ValetPro Dragons Breath. As the picture shows this didn't do much. It only cleaned up the inside of the spokes.

After this I got a bit sloppy with the pictures. I used ValetPro Citrus and Tar remover on the tape, witch worked really well but you do have to take your time soaking up the tape. After that I clayed the inside of the wheel and polished it with Monelle Raffini. The polishing did nothing to do scratches unfortunately. For some protection I added Rimwax Wheelwax.

This one wheel took me 2 hours to complete! So the others will have to wait for another time. However, does someone have any tips on polishing the inside of the wheel? I used Monello Raffini Finale, which is a finishing polish, by hand and this did not do anything. I do have some Monello Mezzo as well but I think this has to be done by machine to get a good result. I own a DAP with 5" pads, so that's not going to work. And I think the foam things you can put on your electric drill are to expensive.

Do you have any tips? Let me know what you think.
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Old 14-09-2019, 12:27 AM   #2
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Had similar on my wheels, carchem g&t removed it effortlessly,
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Loads better, however thats npt tape its residue left from previous balance weights - the right sort for alloys unlike the hammer on ones on the outside
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Looks significantly better and well worth doing
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Looks like you made a good difference to the back of those wheels. One tip incase you didn't know is to soak make up pads in tar remover and put them on the wheel weight residue.
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In the past I have degreased with gunk degreaser, sand with 1200 wet and dry and then sprayed them. The Halfords or Simonize wheel paint works well, with Halfords heavy duty lacquer over the top. I used a deck of old playing cards to mask the rims, you just poke them between the rim and tyre so they overlap. It’s a semi bodge but very quick and cheap and looks presentable until you want to have them powder coated etc. 4 wheels took just a few hours with judicious use of a hairdryer between coats
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Wow, that's some late replies. I posted this in June
I still have one wheel to do. I actually might steel some makeup pads from my girlfriend. The wheels aren't that great on the outside, but the tape is just very disturbing to look.
Might take some pictures when tackling the last wheel.
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To do wheels that have never been thoroughly cleaned on the inside takes time. I took 6 hours one Saturday to clean and hand polish all of my wheels on a previous car. Horrible job considering more than half the work is unseen. My latest motor should be a lot easier as the wheels appear to be newly refurbished (and done properly).

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Those scratches are just that, scratches. They're typically caused by the technician removing old weights with a screw driver or something hard and metal. No way to polish them off, need to refinish the wheel.
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AS Tardis will get it off, sometimes a bit of heat from an air gun will melt the glue.

I had done 15 year old wheels that had never been cleaned, it will take time and plenty of it, it is not like you see in a video, this is real life.
Take your time soak paper towels with your product let it dwell.

The alternative is to rub it down then paint it yourself.

Meg's is good let it dwell for a few minutes, Smartwheels Sonax all wheel any quality product.
AF tar is good.

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