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Post by peter freeman » Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:39 am

Over the years I have bought various kinds of alloy wheel cleaners most of which left the alloy dull. Today I thought I would try something different so used Astonish oven cleaner - used the sponge part of the applicator not the abrasive side and its done the job and seems to have left the shine on the alloy. I would not advise it for painted or lacquered wheels though. I would be interested to hear if others find it as suitable as I have and at a fraction of the wheel cleaner price.



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Post by Alan SS1 » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:04 pm

peter freeman wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:39 am
Over the years I have bought various kinds of alloy wheel cleaners most of which left the alloy dull. Today I thought I would try something different so used Astonish oven cleaner - used the sponge part of the applicator not the abrasive side and its done the job and seems to have left the shine on the alloy. I would not advise it for painted or lacquered wheels though. I would be interested to hear if others find it as suitable as I have and at a fraction of the wheel cleaner price.
i used 'pickling' fluid from paper-mill, used prior to welding SS pipes, had to use with care as it was 'phosphoric/nitric acid mix :shock:

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Post by drcdb15 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:49 pm

peter freeman wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:39 am
Over the years I have bought various kinds of alloy wheel cleaners most of which left the alloy dull. Today I thought I would try something different so used Astonish oven cleaner - used the sponge part of the applicator not the abrasive side and its done the job and seems to have left the shine on the alloy. I would not advise it for painted or lacquered wheels though. I would be interested to hear if others find it as suitable as I have and at a fraction of the wheel cleaner price.
As Alan said, use at your own risk! Not quite sure what sort of alloys you are using it on, since you advise not using it for painted or lacquered wheels - because pretty much *all* alloys *are* painted or lacquered, to maintain their shiny surface. If you are cleaning up alloys that have been stood in a barn for 50 years then as a stage in the etching and cleaning process I imagine the oven cleaner can be fairly good at removing oxide film and other age-related corrosion or general grot, but as a cleaner for basically OK normal modern alloys I think there'd be a good risk that continued use would be similar to paint stripper...


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Post by peter freeman » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:21 pm

Wolfs not painted or lacquered - and the rims of my MB wheels which are also not painted or lacquered



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