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Old 05-05-2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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WTF happened to my wheels?!

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Old 05-05-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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Looks like somebody sprayed some chemicals on it when it was hot. Not really sure.

Try clay see if that works. You'll probably need to polish that out though.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:03 PM   #3
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Yep....someone sprayed non-clearcoat cleaner on those wheels and it ruined the clearcoat.

Acid based wheel cleaner can not be used.The wheel coating is just like your paint job on the body of the car.

Lesson learned....that sucks though.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:42 PM   #4
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Had a similar problem try this.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:43 PM   #5
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:20 PM   #6
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Your polished wheels are clear coated. Aluminum cleaner wont do any good. It's like spraying it on your hood.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:26 PM   #7
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:28 PM   #8
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yep, those wheels will have to be re cleared, I only put wax on my wheels, treat them just like the cars clear coat
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:31 PM   #9
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WTF happened to your wheels is you used the wrong wheel cleaner. Best to read the bottle before using..Aluminum cleaner will eat the clear coat.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:34 PM   #10
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You can't use SOS pads on those wheels!
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:40 PM   #11
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yep, those wheels will have to be re cleared, I only put wax on my wheels, treat them just like the cars clear coat
I doubt that it needs to be re cleared. It certainly needs to be polished though.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:44 PM   #12
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I doubt that it needs to be re cleared. It certainly needs to be polished though.
Nope, your wrong, I have seen this before
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:46 PM   #13
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Nope, your wrong, I have seen this before
as have I.... and I fixed it personally
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:47 PM   #14
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as have I.... and I fixed it personally
We will just have to agree to disagree then
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lol. So I read the bottle and it said safe for clear coat and painted wheels.


Mothers® Aluminum Wheel Cleaner is formulated to safely and easily clean uncoated polished aluminum and anodized wheels. Gentle, yet effective, Aluminum Wheel Cleaner doesn’t just stop at aluminum. It also works great on painted, clearcoated, color coated, steel, modular, chrome, custom or factory coated wheels and hubcaps. Its unique spray on, hose off design safely penetrates, dissolves and suspends all types of brake dust, grease, dirt, and grime, making rinsing a snap.
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it says uncoated on the front of the bottle, why would you recommend he use that?
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:06 PM   #17
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as have I.... and I fixed it personally
I agree with ihaveacamaro. Very good chance polishing (the clear coat, not the aluminum will fix this) I bought my car with the same wheels and similar damage and I polished it out with meguiars 105 then a fine polish and sealed then. Looked great after
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The wheels that I had that did this actually started peeling after a few days?
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The wheels that I had that did this actually started peeling after a few days?
Yeah then definitely you need to re clear. As always, it goes on a case by case basis.

Using a wheel cleaner on hot wheels tends to leave marks like shown in the OP, especially when it's an acid based wheel cleaner. Luckily, most times the damage is superficial and can be polished out.

If you get flaking, you are correct, you need a repaint. However, OP did not mention any flaking or peeling, which leads me to believe it can be polished out.
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Rub some dirt on it.
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Well the cleaner I used said it was clear coat safe, with that being said, it is only on this one wheel. So the rest of the wheels are prime but this one wheel went full retard.
I have been piecing together my detail kit and just picked up a wheel polish kit but havent got a chance to use it yet. If it doesnt work, i guess that will give me a reason for new wheels and to paint these ones. Thanks again guys.
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Well the cleaner I used said it was clear coat safe, with that being said, it is only on this one wheel. So the rest of the wheels are prime but this one wheel went full retard.
I have been piecing together my detail kit and just picked up a wheel polish kit but havent got a chance to use it yet. If it doesnt work, i guess that will give me a reason for new wheels and to paint these ones. Thanks again guys.
did you use the cleaner in the sun on hot wheels?

While it says that it's safe for clear coated wheels, that's when used as directed. I'm almost positive that on the bottle it says do not use in the sun.
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Definitely appears to be some chemical etching, if not from a cleaner it could be from something nasty splashed up on the wheels while they were hot, or that dried on the surface.

As Roshan pointed out you should be able to polish it out, or at the very least improve it a great deal by taking a little polish to it. The damage appears to be largely on the surface of the clear.
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No everything was cool to the touch. I have watched countless hours of Junkmans videos to learn the right way to take care of the car. So pretty much whatever he recommends for car care, I do..lol
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:49 PM   #25
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No everything was cool to the touch. I have watched countless hours of Junkmans videos to learn the right way to take care of the car. So pretty much whatever he recommends for car care, I do..lol
I'd be willing to bet he would recommend everything be cool to the touch

When it comes to car care, it's ALWAYS best to be in shade and have a cool surface!
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