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Old 05-28-07, 07:40 PM   #1
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Rim Cleaning

Hi, I posted in Clydesdale forum but I thought I might get some response here as well. Every once in a while, I'm not putting on a lot of miles yet but I take a Scotchbrite pad or the same and give the rims a good scrub. To get the brake pad stuff off, lessen the noise / chatter and improve braking performance. Take a single cut bastard file to the pads too.

After I did that today I thought I'd take out my battery powered dremel with a moistened felt polishing pad, add some toothpaste (Toms Peppermint) and give it a mild polish. Then I dampened a shop rag, wiped 'er clean, then dry, very vigorously and took 'er for a quick spin.

Very nice! No noise from the dirty rims and great braking power.

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nice. but if my rims didn't cherp and make alosorts of loud noises none of the pedestrians I share the bike path with would hear me coming.
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Ain't that the truth! Getting pretty peeved myself at folks that walk 4 across and wait till I yell EXCUSE ME! to move to the right. They didn't chatter / make noise that bad though
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I have just been enlightened by an old wrench that the best way to clean rims is with Scotchbrite and denatured alcohol. I have not tried this yet. I use to clean my rims with Scotchbrite and Simple Green, and when I told him this, he almost had a heart attack.

His thing was to make sure no residue from the cleaning agent is left on the rims post-clean. Denatured alcohol leaves no residue, and he has been using it for the better part of thirty years, with much success. So next time I clean my rims, Scotchbrite and denatured alcohol will do the job.

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That's pretty damn interesting about no residue. Denatured alcohol is great stuff and the old 'Everclear' booze is pretty potent as well. I think you hit the nail on the head with the residue factor. When I wiped it clean w/ a damp shop rag I again almost dry polished it again with a dry one. Good point.

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Denatured alcohol works quite well for getting the grime off. Watch it though, because it can take the print off of some rim labels in a heartbeat. It happened to the labels on a vintage Matrix rim on the back of my Trek.
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I used to use acetone, but switched to isopropyl alcohol (91%).

Dunno' if it's any better or worse than denatured, but it seems to do a good job.
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I used to use acetone, but switched to isopropyl alcohol (91%).

Dunno' if it's any better or worse than denatured, but it seems to do a good job.
acetone is better, funny ,I almost posted the acetone idea the other other post like this that the OP eluded to. I decided not to. NO comparison, alcohol works for some stuff, it's light-weight,acetone ei. nail polish remover takes anything off, carefull with the paint though.
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Scotchbrite??

I dont know. I may be a little skeptical using alcohol to clean rims. There's no doubt alcohol would be great cleaning brake pads and the rim's braking surface, but I would be worried about it fading rim decals. Other than that I dont see a problem.

I just use warm soapy water on my rims, followed by a good wax job to protect the anodise (and decals).
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I scrubbed my rims but my disc brakes still squeal.


Seriously, Simple Green and Scotchbrite works wonders and is less likely to cause any damage to tires. The Dremel/toothpaste thing seems a bit OCD.
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