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Old 06-17-2008
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Cleaning white Spots off wheels

how do i get these dang white spots off of my wheels im not sure if the wheel is scratched or what here some pics even though they arent the best

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does it feel scratched? It looks like curb rash, Do you park up against a curb often? although it looks like, but i am not sure are the pictures up near the center of the rim?

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it feels a little bit like something on the wheel not really scratched in but im not sure because when i got new tires i magicaly had more where my wheel weights were thanks to the tire guy i believe its not curb rash because some are right buy the center cap
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oxidation under the clear coat
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yeah where the weights where will do that, lownranger is probably correct, i am not sure though.
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oxidation under the clear coat
im not so sure because its right where you would use a screw driver to pop off the center cap or right by the wheel weight there are very few inbetween the center and edge of the wheel
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yeah where the weights where will do that, lownranger is probably correct, i am not sure though.
well if he is correct how do i get the spots off
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i have that crap on my rims and it's starting to annoy me. And the jack holes at the tire place when they re-mounted my tires and weights from fixing a leak, did a number on the rims and now i have that stuff all over.

from what i've heard you can clean up the metal and re-clear coat them. I haven't tried that though.
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sand blast or chemical strip to remove the clear coat.. then polishing compound and buffers. then wax..

best way out after market wheels
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that makes sence zack, i am willing to bet they did that changing the tires, i forgot about that center cap on thoose wheels, yeah to fix that best bet is to replace them, im not really sure how you would repair them, or just deal with it, put a good sealent, and that might make it less noticeable
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need to be sand blasted or stripped either way to stop it completely to start over fresh
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so im pretty much screwed
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Not really.

I just re-did a set of 16" OEM teardrop style wheels.

Remove the tires, sand off the oxidation (I used 220, then 400 grits), feather it out so it doesn't have a step that you can feel with a fingernail.

Paint them with your choice of Duplicolor Wheel paint (I used the lightest silver color) and clearcoat IAW the directions on the can (timing seems to matter).

I had read some threads about doing this and figured I'd give it a shot. I had the same type of corrosion, under the wheel weights, and pry marks for the center cap.

ONE CAN of color did all 4 wheels, and a can of clear (more coats for more depth).
You'll pay more for the dismount, re-mount and balance.

FWIW, I masked off the teardrop insets because they were pristine. Turns out, the color I picked was an exact match. In retrospect, I would have gone one shade darker, but not worth doing it over. I also just lightly scuffed the original paint with a Scotchbrite pad, only sanding to base metal to remove the oxidation and light pitting. NONE of that work showed through and I DIDN'T use a primer. They came out really nice for being 8 years old.

I literally spent more time masking the teardrop insets than I did on the sanding and painting. I could not have spent more than 3 hours total time on that project (tires were already off).
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well then it looks like its not happening because im not taking my tires off and i dont wnt to paint the wheel i want them to look like factory
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stock sucks move on
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looks like someone liked those wheels a bit too much.

The best thing I ever used on my old GMC was steel wool, but I don't think that'll get through that much... Sanding is probably the only option
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i know im diign upp one of my OLD threads but i got new wheels off of an 03 fx4 and ONE wheel has simmilar marks around the center cap it was the clearcoat coming up so i scraped off all of the clear with a razor blade where it was flakey now what can i do to make it less noticable since its like black under neath
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i know im diign upp one of my OLD threads but i got new wheels off of an 03 fx4 and ONE wheel has simmilar marks around the center cap it was the clearcoat coming up so i scraped off all of the clear with a razor blade where it was flakey now what can i do to make it less noticable since its like black under neath
Sounds like oxidation, just use a good aluminum polish and it should come right off. NAPA Auto Parts sells an aluminum brightener, but I'm not sure if it is clearcoat safe.
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A couple people have run into the same problem. I had the same problem with my stock 04s then I bought a set of Cragars. There is a couple write ups on this.
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