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    To remove this awful brown mixture of brake lining, road grease and grime that builds up on the inside of my wheels? I can scrub off the deposits that build in the spoke openings with pumice reinforced gojo mechanic's hand cleaner, that part of the wheel is coated with a metallic silver coating, however inside the wheel, viewed from the back side of the wheel, there is a stubborn brown coating that seems resistant to any cleaner. The wheel in this area is not coated with such a nice finish.

    I have not tried oven cleaner, that may be my next resort.

    Thanks in advance for suggestions.


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    Oven cleaner may attack the wheel coating, that is nasty stuff.

    You might try deodorized Mineral Spirits (common paint thinner) from the hardware store. If you've ever bought a bottle of Bug and Tar remover from the auto store, you've paid too much for deodorized Mineral Spirits. Mineral Spirits won't harm the paint or wheel coatings, but it will remove wax, and I've used it to take off brake dust, grease and road grime. I try to clean wheels seasonally when I change from summer to winter wheels and tires, or when I rotate tires, and after cleaning, a coat of good automotive paste wax on the whole wheel makes the next time's cleaning a bit easier.

    I have some 99 vintage SVTC E1 wheels that have seen 15 Colorado winters and most mistake then for new or re-coated; they're neither, they've just been kept clean and waxed regularly.
    2019 Corvette Grand Sport, 1LT, just stupid-fast.
    1985 SVO Mustang (turbocharged track rat)
    1989 Taurus SHO (supercharged track rat)
    1999 SVT Contour (Sedanus-Grocerygetter-Rapidus)
    2008 Mercury Milan Premier (Comfy boat)

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