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Old 12-31-19, 11:14 AM
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How many alloy rims have I cleaned, over the years..? Lots and lots and lots. What do I use.."

WD40 with a cloth or tooth brush to remove caked on grime. Then, once most of the debris has been brushed and washed away, I switch to Mother's Cleaning wax, applying again and again to small sections of the rim. I do what I can to keep the wax and WD40 away from braking surfaces, (they can be easily cleaned later).

I also use a soft brass brush around nipples, unless the rim is not mounted. Then I use tin foil, crushed up and rotated into each spoke hole. Try it and be amazed at this back yard fix.

With the cleaning out of the way, I take a broken piece of smooth file to chase the braking surfaces, finishing off with a good soap wash and then a rinse with clear water.

That about it and Bob's your uncle...
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