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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 22nd, 01, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone know what is the best to clean aluminium, rims, trim, intakes, etc....


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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 22nd, 01, 03:09 PM
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Well,I got so sick of cleaning my alum. wheels I got rid of them. As for the intake I've heard that oven cleaner works real good although I haven't tried it yet. I did use "Flitz" metal polish on my wheels. It's a nasty dirty job.

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 01, 02:20 AM
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I just use Carb cleaner, it evaporates quickly, but on a cold engine it works great. I too have heard of the Oven Cleaner, but never have tried it.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 24th, 01, 05:23 PM
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I like Mothers mag and aluminum polish. It's the best stuff I've found so far. You can get it at many parts stores.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 01, 09:24 PM
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Oven cleaner turns it a blackish color, try that rim cleaner that has acid in it. Works real good.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 01, 07:36 AM
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I use an acid wire wheel cleaner, I get it from my local detail shop, he just sold me a gallon for 20 bucks, it is brown, and made by granitize 1102 vulcan street, south gate CA 90280 the model no is G-7 wire wheel cleaner

the stuff made my 10 year old doug nash case look new again. A+++

note this stuff will waste clearcoats and paint, not for polished surfaces

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 01, 07:37 AM
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I use Wenol.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 01, 07:55 AM
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Wenol,Orange can is a little more course and blue is real fine. I have an all alum sand car and have tried them all.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 01, 01:28 PM
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I just had my aluminum intake off last fall and decided to give it a scrub. I tried everything from soap to tarmack-detergent, but eventually I tried something I heard my friend the plumber mention. He told me about how well flux (the gel stuff you use for soldering) worked to clean tarnish, and to remove various stains from metal parts. I used a small amount of flux, scrubbed it onto the mainfold, and low and behold, it worked!
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 01, 04:40 PM
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I use Busch's aluminum polish on my wheels and it is the best I have found to date. It can be found in most truck stops on the interstate.

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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 01, 07:02 AM
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Bush's polisb is also water soluble, real easy to clean up, Bush's aluminum wash is similar (but not as kickass) as the stuff i mentioned in my prev. posting
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 01, 12:43 PM
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FLITZ, I buy it by the quart. it is by far the best metal polish around. I have used it on the seventies style Corvette aluminum wheels, and was asked if they were polished. It works on any metal. It is in a soft paste. Simply apply it and rub lightly and remove and buff. All by hand.
Works very good on aluminum valve covers. If you have grooves you may need an old tooth brush. Used it on brass, gold silver, chrome, copper, all with great results.

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 01, 06:49 PM
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 01, 04:55 AM
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I agree with Buckeye - Mothers is the best I've ever found. I worked on a formula alantic race team for a while, the cars had lots of polished aluminim on them and we used nothing but mothers. Here's a little trick I learned also after you polish anything with alum polish there is like a slightly oily film on what ever you polished. Take a bowl of regular flour and a cheese cloth, pat the cloth in the flour then wipe down what ever you polished. Then blow it of with your compressor. It will leave a beautiful shine with out the oily film. Try it, it works awesome.

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