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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 06-16-09, 07:42 PM   #1
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How to get rid of soapscum after deanodizing wheels

i just de-anodized my wheels (1 gold and 1 black deep V, using heavy duty oven cleaner) - now they are down to the bare metal color but have splatters of what looks like dried soap scum (obviously isnt, but it's that psoriasis looking bubble residue stuff).

How do i get rid of the soap-scum-like stuff before i start polishing it? Should i just re-deanodize again with my oven cleaner?



I had 3 applications of oven cleaner, rinse, reapply, wait 20 minutes.
-tried removing the scum-like stuff with a some scotchbrite pads as well as 1000 grit sandpaper
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Old 06-16-09, 09:22 PM   #2
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sand it down a bit or try steel wool i use this to polish/clean rims...if your goonna sand use a fine grit.
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Old 06-17-09, 07:45 AM   #3
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Do you live where there's hard water? If you're outside or in a garage rinsing your rims with a hose, it may not be affected by the softener. Cold water and/or certain taps may not be connected to the softener.

Try some really hot water with a handful of salt dissolved in it. Just make sure you rinse the salty water away b/c that will corrode bare aluminum alloy.

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