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    Baked on wheel cleaner

    Used Hot rims all wheel and tire wheel cleaner for the first time. It dried out completely and stained my aluminum wheels badly. Probably my fault, as wheel was warm.
    Any advice on best removal product/tools.
    Started with drill polishing head with Mother's wheel polish. Working, but slow process.
    Maybe 0000 steel wool?
    Other suggestions?
    Thanks in advance ��.

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    Re: Baked on wheel cleaner

    Welcome to MOL.

    Are the factory or aftermarket wheels?

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    Re: Baked on wheel cleaner

    Aftermarket HRE wheels.

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    Re: Baked on wheel cleaner

    I believe HRE wheels are aluminum with no clear coat finish. The easy way to tell is to take some metal polish and if the applicator turns black then it is bare metal. If it does not then treat it like paint. Polishing should restore the finish. Try with an applicator (ie microfiber towel, applicator, foam applicator) first. You should not need steel wool.

    If they are bare metal then hot rims all wheel is not the correct wheel cleaner. It could stain the finish. The aluminum wheel cleaner is what you are looking for. I believe Ultimate All Wheel Cleaner is fine.

    Check out these links on wheel care

    https://meguiarsonline.com/forums/sh...-December-2017

    https://meguiarsonline.com/forums/sh...are-Simplified

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    Re: Baked on wheel cleaner

    Thanks for all the info Guz. They are indeed bare metal as the applicator turns black.
    I actually used the Hot Rims Wheel And Tire Cleaner.
    And just ordered a gallon of D143 Non Acid Wheel And Tire Cleaner. Is that one safe for bare uncoated wheels?
    Says that it's not safe for uncoated wheels as well.
    I've used other wheel cleaners in the past on these wheels, and never encountered any issue.
    Perhaps it's the surface heat that worsened the outcome?

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    Re: Baked on wheel cleaner

    Unfortunately it is not safe for your wheels. It is the pro/bulk version of Hot Rims All Wheel & Tire Cleaner.

    You would want the aluminum wheel cleaner which is available over the counter in a blue bottle. Ultimate All Wheel Cleaner works as well. See 8 mins of the link I posted.

    https://meguiarsonline.com/forums/sh...-December-2017

    Unocated wheels are wheels that do not have a clear coat. Polished wheels are not clear coated unless they are factory aluminum wheels. Since your wheels turn the applicator black they are uncoated.

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    Very interesting indeed. Just tried the D143 on a cool wheel, and no staining. Just was cautious of dwell time.
    Shame there's no gallon product for uncoated wheels that's low on acidity/PH like the Ultimate All Wheel.
    Do you know of such?

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    Re: Baked on wheel cleaner

    Will a high dilution ratio (1:4) of D143 on a cool wheel perhaps be safer?
    Any other gallon size cleaner recommended?

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    Re: Baked on wheel cleaner

    Quote Originally Posted by Noamtasini View Post
    Very interesting indeed. Just tried the D143 on a cool wheel, and no staining. Just was cautious of dwell time.
    Shame there's no gallon product for uncoated wheels that's low on acidity/PH like the Ultimate All Wheel.
    Do you know of such?
    Quote Originally Posted by Noamtasini View Post
    Will a high dilution ratio (1:4) of D143 on a cool wheel perhaps be safer?
    Any other gallon size cleaner recommended?
    Meguiar's Professional Detailer D1801 Wheel & Paint Iron Decon would be only gallon option for uncoated aftermarket wheels.

    Meguiar's D1801 Professional Wheel & Paint IRON DECON

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    Re: Baked on wheel cleaner

    Thanks.. But at that price I'll do an APC and some soap and water. ��

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