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Offline Matt CLC#18621

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Cleaning 2003 CTS Chrome Wheels
« on: November 18, 2012, 03:03:55 PM »
Can I use a BrilloPad to clean 2003 CTS Chrome Wheels?

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Matt
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Offline Chris Conklin

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Re: Cleaning 2003 CTS Chrome Wheels
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2012, 05:36:52 PM »
I wouldn't. What's on them that you feel you need to scrub them like that?
Chris Conklin

Offline Matt CLC#18621

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Re: Cleaning 2003 CTS Chrome Wheels
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2012, 06:40:06 PM »
Thick brake dust, grease and white chalky substance.

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Matt
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Offline 76eldo

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Re: Cleaning 2003 CTS Chrome Wheels
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2012, 06:49:03 PM »
I like Maguires all wheel cleaner and a brush.
They do make Brillo pads that are nylon, not steel wool and they won't scratch the chrome.
0000 steel wool won't scratch the chrome either and you can use it on a lot of other things.
Once you get it wet, throw it out. It will rust quickly. So will any shards you leave behind so make sure you rinse completely if you go that route.

A couple of doses of wheel cleaner and. Brush should do it though.
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Offline Gene Beaird

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Re: Cleaning 2003 CTS Chrome Wheels
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2012, 02:25:34 PM »
Are they really chrome?  'white chalky substance' hints at aluminum oxide, meaning they're polished aluminum.  If aluminum, they _should_ be clear coated.  I'd gently clean them like the others have mentioned above, and then evaluate if they are indeed chrome, or aluminum.  If aluminum, perhaps they need to be cleaned up and a fresh clearcoat sprayed on them. 

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Offline Matt CLC#18621

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Re: Cleaning 2003 CTS Chrome Wheels
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2012, 03:41:05 PM »
Are they really chrome?  'white chalky substance' hints at aluminum oxide, meaning they're polished aluminum.  If aluminum, they _should_ be clear coated.  I'd gently clean them like the others have mentioned above, and then evaluate if they are indeed chrome, or aluminum.  If aluminum, perhaps they need to be cleaned up and a fresh clearcoat sprayed on them.

Yes, I believe wheels are polished aluminum.

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Matt CLC#18621

Offline Chris Conklin

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Re: Cleaning 2003 CTS Chrome Wheels
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2012, 08:34:00 PM »
Try some WD40 on the chalky stuff.
Chris Conklin

 

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