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How to remove road tar from inside of wheels

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#1 vipermike2002


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Posted 10 March 2006 - 04:25 AM

Im having a hard time getting some road tar off the inside of my wheels. I tryed using rim cleaner, bug and tar remover, and acid for cleaning wheels. Nothing seems to really work.

Any suggestions?

They are aluminum stock Pontiac wheels like in my sig.
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#2 Accumulator


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Posted 10 March 2006 - 06:49 AM

Maybe try soaking a paper towel with the bug/tar remover and sticking it on the tar to keep it saturated so the solvent can dwell a while. It's a lot easier to do this sort of thing with the wheels off the vehicle, and once they're clean I'd seal them very well so [stuff] doesn't stick as tenaciously.
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#3 TigerMike


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Posted 10 March 2006 - 06:57 AM

Have you tried WD-40? Or how about an SOS pad? Old claybar? Then follow up with a metal polish...

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 07:04 AM

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 04:53 PM

Sounds bad, I would jack the car up, and take the rims off, one by one. Once i didn't have wheel cleaner, so i used hot water, with a couple of caps of AIO. Maybe you can use a magic eraser, real gentle on the inside. Be careful on the front, if they are CC.

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 07:40 PM

I've used good ol 409 before as well. It's worth a shot.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:43 AM

If the wheels are off the vehicle gasoline (best), kerosene or a mineral spirit (WD40) will dissolve any tar deposits. Allow a saturated rag to dwell on the involved areas. Use normal precautions when using volatile solutions (no flame, sparking source and good ventilate). This process if safe for all types of wheel coatings.
Be extremely careful using any rough abrasives on chrome and clearcoats wheels.

Protect with a protectant (sealant type best) for easier cleaning next time. Klasse SG and Zaino work great for this job.

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