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I decided that I wanted to clean up my Chrome Momentums and put a few coats of wax on there to prepare them for the salty winter coming up. I used a little bit of simple green in the corners to clean out any junk that was there and they cleaned up really nice. I then applied one coat of Meguiars Carnauba Wax. While they look pretty darn good, I noticed some opaque splotching in various parts of the wheels. Did I do something wrong? Can this be cleaned up?



Second picture just shows the overall wheel (sans center cap) and it looks pretty good from afar.



Third picture shows some bubbling under the chrome around the center cap. I'm assuming this is rust. Any way to prevent this from spreading / flaking off? Any type of chrome seal? The pinkish stuff you see is some sort of glue the previous owner used to hold the center caps onto the wheel. I'm looking for replacements for those as well since they all seem to be glued in.

 

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Chrome plated aluminum wheels are cheap, nothing you can do about it. It will eventually start to peel. If you look inside the center cap area at the corrosion, you will see it is working its way under the chrome.
 

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Salt.......... Chrome

Never......... Ever........... Ever........... EVER!
let the two get together.

My Momentums come off in the fall and the steel wheels go on. They have never seen salt.
Once they start to go there is nothing short of re-chrome, that you can do.
 

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I had something similar on my chrome crusaders. I used 000 steel wool on them and they got rid of those spots I had very well. They're my winter wheels now, but they can still look good from afar.

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Simple Green and Aluminum do not mix well

From Simple Greens Website. If you Google it you will find more negative comments. Around center caps you have corrosion already started....once Simple Green gets in there it just exacerbates the issue.

Aluminum - Is it safe to use Simple Green® on aluminum?
When used with caution and according to the instructions, Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner has been safely and successfully used to clean aluminum. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner, Crystal Simple Green® Cleaner/Degreaser, Simple Green Pressure Washer Concentrates, and Pro Series™ Simple Green® Automotive Cleaner have been used on aircraft, automotive, industrial and consumer aluminum items for over 20 years. However, caution and common sense must be used: aluminum is a soft metal that easily corrodes with unprotected exposure to water. The aqueous-base and alkalinity of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner can accelerate the corrosion process. Therefore, contact times for unprotected or unpainted aluminum surfaces should be kept as brief as the job will allow - never for more than 10 minutes. Large cleaning jobs should be conducted in smaller-area stages to achieve lower contact time. Rinsing after cleaning should always be extremely thorough - paying special attention to flush out cracks and crevices to remove all Simple Green® product residues. Unfinished, uncoated or unpainted aluminum cleaned with Simple Green products should receive some sort of protectant after cleaning to prevent oxidation.
Simple Green has also developed break-through water based cleaners that are safe for use on metals, plastics, rubber and high tech alloys. Extreme Simple Green® Aircraft & Precision Cleaner and Simple Green® Pro HD are available on both the industrial and retail markets, respectively. These products were initially developed for the aircraft industry and extensive testing shows that they are safe and effective on a variety of metals and other sensitive surfaces even in the most extreme circumstances.
 
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