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Old 02-24-07, 01:05 PM
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What to clean rims with?

I have a set of wheels I want to sell, two actually. What solvent should I use to clean them up before listing?

Since somebody will ask:

* 2005 Mavic Ksyrium Elites - Shimano - silver - about 600 miles - never crashed
(selling because I bought black ones)

* 32-spoke sewups - Sun rims - Ultegra hubs - One Challenge Vulcano 28 + two Vittoria Rally tires (one NIB) - probably 8 yrs old but less than 3,000 miles (I stopped riding during that period)
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i have 2 road bike books and they say clean them with alchol...
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solvent? what's wrong with a little dish washing liquid mixed with water, and a rag?
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General clean with soap and water. Hard to remove brake pad grime...rubbing alcohol and a scotch brite pad (green scrubbing pad used for dish washing).
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Just don't use lacquer thinner (and I would avoid petro-based solvents in general). I used to use lacquer thinner because it got rid of all the brake pad black stuff in a hurry. But I really messed up the decals on my Kysrium SLs with it. They look sort of smudged now on the back wheel. I still feel stupid for doing this.
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Simple green works for me.
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the citrus goo gone. or is it goo off. don't remember, I have both, one is good, one will take out your decals.
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Wet with hose, sponge, soap & water, hose down again. Should never take more than 5 mins to clean a bike unless you're sleeping with it.
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If you really really want to clean them try the Castrol Super Clean stuff in the big purple bottle. You can forget about decals and such though.
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Originally Posted by Dial_tone
I have a set of wheels I want to sell, two actually. What solvent should I use to clean them up before listing?

Since somebody will ask:

* 2005 Mavic Ksyrium Elites - Shimano - silver - about 600 miles - never crashed
(selling because I bought black ones)

* 32-spoke sewups - Sun rims - Ultegra hubs - One Challenge Vulcano 28 + two Vittoria Rally tires (one NIB) - probably 8 yrs old but less than 3,000 miles (I stopped riding during that period)
SG and a pressure washer.
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Originally Posted by botto
solvent? what's wrong with a little dish washing liquid mixed with water, and a rag?
+1
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Great plug for your wheels sets, Dial Tone.
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rubbing alchohol. cleans anything off and evaporates quickly, oily films are not something you want on brakeing surfaces
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I use automobile detail spray personally.
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Park or someone makes a cleaning block for braking surfaces. I've got one tucked away somewhere.
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Lighter fluid... You can light the residue on fire and look like Ghost Rider!
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I would agree with Dokie, rubbing alcohol sounds good.
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Water with dishwashing liquid or simple green for the stubborn stuff. Also, use this to clean the brake surface: https://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=W1016
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For routine obsessive maintance I use solvent (alcohol or odorless mineral spirits) since it is evaporates quick and completely leaving nothing behind. For a dirty/grimmey bike like my commuter after a season's abuse, I use detergent with a thorough rinsing with a hose. I used to use simple green, and it certainly works well, but that stuff needs to be rinsed completely like detergent.
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I always use alcohol because it evaporates off of the rim, detergents will leave a residue I believe.
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