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Quickest way to clean 1st gen "flower" rims

Well, I'm looking for a way to clean my rims, I've basically skipped over them every time I wash my car, because, well they are the flower design and have a lot of little holes that I can't just get with a scrub brush. I've considered using a pressure washer (especially since my grandparents randomly bought one the last time I washed the Trep, but they say they get to use it first)

Any ideas are appreciated. I have a pic, but it make the rims look a lot cleaner sine I did a little HDR editing in Photomatix 3.



Here's one not edited, but it;s before I ever washed it. LOL
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The power washer should take off allot of the road grime but probably wont get all the set in break dust.
a good foaming wheel cleaner that will stick to the surface of the rim and a bottle brush may be the only thing that will get it all off.
oh and one more thing i found in cleaning my wheels is to take them off its allot less stressful on the old back.
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Thank you, I'll try that ASAP I'm actually sick and out of school right now.... Stomach virus. I'll find out if I can use the pressure washer, I'm sure after they clean the driveway I'll be able to....

Another thing, my car is missing almost all of the clear coat, what's the best way to remove the last little bit... It looks like 2 wet spots on the trunk, and I'm wondering how I'd go about removing it to make it look better until I get the cash to get it painted.
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Maybe a mothers power cone?

http://motherspowercone.com/

Other wise I'd get some wheel cleaner and a really long bristle brush and scrub the crap out of it.
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LOL Sorry, the pics come that size from my cam, and I hardly ever resize, unless I have to... LOL

But yeah, the rims and litle bit of clearcoat are /really/ annoying.
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Holy big pic batman!!

Meguir's sells this stuff called "Hot Rims". They have a special one for chrome wheels, painted wheels, and aluminum wheels, and Im pretty sure a universal formula as well.


It is really really good stuff. You just spray it on the wheel when you wash it, let it soak for a few minutes, and hit it with the hose. You dont even have to look at the wheel, its that easy to do, no scrubbing or anything. It literally melts the brake dust right off them.

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I have to agree with what megatrep said, but if you let them get as bad as I did you may want to use a toothbrush to get the little spots close go the center. Otherwise that hot weeks stuff works really well
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Thanks for all of your replies, but does anyone know something to remove clear coat as well??? Like said before, 98% of my clear coat is gone, and I want the car to look at least uniform until I get it painted.
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Thanks for all of your replies, but does anyone know something to remove clear coat as well??? Like said before, 98% of my clear coat is gone, and I want the car to look at least uniform until I get it painted.
On the car itself?

Your pretty much SOL. You have to add it for it to look right. Its pretty half-assed, but what you could do is wet-sand where its missing with ~800 grit (only enough to scuff it, dont take too much off) and rattle can some clearcoat on there. It wont look good, but it hopefully will look better than it did before.
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I would take the wheel off and clean them. It's much easier to work over top of them than leaning and crouching while they are on the car. I use to do that on my old 97 Corde.

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Well the thing is, the only spot where there is any clear coat is on the trunk, and it's 2 spots that look like standing water on the paint. here is a pic, notice the 2 wet looking spots? That's the last of my clear coat.

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Meguir's sells this stuff called "Hot Rims". They have a special one for chrome wheels, painted wheels, and aluminum wheels, and Im pretty sure a universal formula as well.


It is really really good stuff. You just spray it on the wheel when you wash it, let it soak for a few minutes, and hit it with the hose. You dont even have to look at the wheel, its that easy to do, no scrubbing or anything. It literally melts the brake dust right off them.
I'll l have to get some of that stuff. I wash my wheels every time I wash the car but this looks like it would make the job easier.
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Well the thing is, the only spot where there is any clear coat is on the trunk, and it's 2 spots that look like standing water on the paint. here is a pic, notice the 2 wet looking spots? That's the last of my clear coat.

Nope, you have it backwards lol. Those 2 spots are where the clearcoat first started disappearing. You still have clear on the rest of your car except for those 2 spots. Your car wouldn't be nearly as shiny if you didnt have any clearcoat.
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I really like those rims but I know they are hard to keep clean, I had very similar rims on a Taurus SHO I had
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Nope, you have it backwards lol. Those 2 spots are where the clearcoat first started disappearing. You still have clear on the rest of your car except for those 2 spots. Your car wouldn't be nearly as shiny if you didnt have any clearcoat.

But, those two spots /ARE/ the shiniest spots on the car. I took like 15 pictures and that was the one that showed it the best, you'd have to see it in real life to see that the rest of the car is not as shiny. I'll try and take another picture today. MAybe I can get a better angle
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