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I clean my aluminium rims religiously every two weeks during the riding season.
Today I'm in the process of cleaning/waxing/oil change etc. on my GL1800 for winter storage. :cry: ( Very sad day) (I hate winter)

But the brake dust on the rims really confuses me. :?:

I clean they spotlessly with soap and water, and when I apply the wax with a soft cotton pad, the pad turns black as coal from MORE dust.

Is there that much brake dust imbeded in the aluminium suface, and how do you get it all off completely??

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I may be mistaken, but I believe that black you are talking about is actually aluminum materal you're removing from the rim when you use a polish/wax. Where are the CHEMISTS on this board to explain this???
 

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papa benny said:
I may be mistaken, but I believe that black you are talking about is actually aluminum materal you're removing from the rim when you use a polish/wax. Where are the CHEMISTS on this board to explain this???
I'm not a Chemist, nor do I play one on television, but aluminum does oxidize very quickly. The 1800 rims, to the best of my knowledge, are not "coated" at the factory to reduce this effect and will create the "Black Stain" on your polishing cloth almost ever time you polish them up.

I chromed my wheels, much easier to keep clean, bright and shiny :!:
 
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papa benny,

I'm no chemist but you sir are correct. He can polish them till they are gone and the cloth will always be black but not from brake dust.
 

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After you clean and polish your rims, put a coat of Rejex on them. I do it on both my bikes and my boy puts it on his rims on his truck. Works real well, just wipe them off with a damp rag. 8)

http://www.corrosionx.com
 
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A big thanks guys.
Now I know it isn't brake dust.
I thought I was losing it there for awhile.
 

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I too clean my wheels, but on my front wheel it looks like there are splotches or stains. What can you use to clean this?

Thanks for your thoughts

Loren
 
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Could it be a lubricate they use to mount tires.

The last time I had new tires put on, I notice stains on the rims, and clean them up as so as I got home.
 

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jniles said:
papa benny,

I'm no chemist but you sir are correct. He can polish them till they are gone and the cloth will always be black but not from brake dust.
Have you stayed at a Holiday Inn ?????????
 

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It's oxidized aluminum you're removing when you polish them out. I've had many cars and a couple of boat trailers with aluminum wheels also, unfortunately this is the norm. T.: :cry:
 

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Big Wes said:
After you clean and polish your rims, put a coat of Rejex on them. I do it on both my bikes and my boy puts it on his rims on his truck. Works real well, just wipe them off with a damp rag. 8)

http://www.corrosionx.com
Do you use Rejex on the rest of your bike?
 

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It's oxidized aluminum you're removing when you polish them out. I've had many cars and a couple of boats with aluminum wheels also, unfortunately this is the norm. T.: :cry:
Why does your boat have wheels :?: :?: :?: :twisted: :lol:
 

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NovellRed said:
Big Wes said:
After you clean and polish your rims, put a coat of Rejex on them. I do it on both my bikes and my boy puts it on his rims on his truck. Works real well, just wipe them off with a damp rag. 8)

http://www.corrosionx.com
Do you use Rejex on the rest of your bike?



Yes 8)
 

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tvbveb said:
It's oxidized aluminum you're removing when you polish them out. I've had many cars and a couple of boats with aluminum wheels also, unfortunately this is the norm. T.: :cry:
Why does your boat have wheels :?: :?: :?: :twisted: :lol:
Okay, boat trailer wheels, smartguy!! T.
 
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I too clean my wheels, but on my front wheel it looks like there are splotches or stains. What can you use to clean this?
Loren
Don't know if the stains are the same type but, my riding buddy says he has used a lot of products to remove small stains from the wheels and the only thing he has found that works is Meguiars Cleaner-Wax. He insisted I take some, thinking I cared. I've been too lazy to try it. Do people really get down and look at your wheels that close?
 

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tvbveb said:
pshivers said:
tvbveb said:
It's oxidized aluminum you're removing when you polish them out. I've had many cars and a couple of boats with aluminum wheels also, unfortunately this is the norm. T.: :cry:
Why does your boat have wheels :?: :?: :?: :twisted: :lol:
Okay, boat trailer wheels, smartguy!! T.
Ok, thanks for clearing that up for me! :wink:

I was wondering if maybe this was your boat :?: :?:



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I hate having to polish the wheels on both the Wing as well as the V rod. I wish there was an easier solution short of chroming. I keep leaning towards chroming but then once I get the money set aside it tends to burn a hole in my pocket causing me to spend it on the stock market. I have this gut feeling I will hate myself for spending the money on chrome raher than on making money. So is there anything out there that works and isnt an all day chore?

I've read that Simple Green now has an aluminum friendly product.
http://industrial.simplegreen.com/ind_prod_ext.php

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/c ... -00809.php


Does anyone here have any first hand knowledge of this product? I think I'm going to go ahead and order a some and see if its worth the time and money.
 
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