How do you remove brake fluid stains from aluminum wheel?

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Old 06-09-17, 09:16 PM
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How do you remove brake fluid stains from aluminum wheel?

How do you remove brake fluid stains from an aluminum wheel? I know there are places that refinish wheels. But I would rather do it myself.
 
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You could try something like Noxon.
 
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I can see something peeling away from the wheel surface with clean metal exposed underneath. This must be clearcoat or something

Reading about Noxon now
 
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Once the clearcoat is damaged it's downhill quickly from there.

Once that happened to mine I used the acid type wheel cleaner which removed the rest of the clearcoar and I just buffed to the metal. It takes a lot of buffing to make it look good and it will now require consistent rebuffings.
 
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I found this clearcoat remover in the auto parts store. The brand name is 'Aircraft.' Anybody tried it?

Pete, Do you remember the brand of wheel cleaner you used? Did you apply fresh clearcoat to your wheel afterwards? Or do you just wash and buff periodically?
 
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I cleaned the wheel down to bare metal yesterday. It was work too. It took three applications of this 'Aircraft peeler base coat and clear coat remover. I had to use a brush, damp rag, putty knife, and non-scratch scouring pad also.

If you use this stuff, wear rubber gloves. I started feeling chemical burns and rinsed off immediately.

They sell clear coat in the paint section of the auto parts store. I'm on the fence about applying fresh clear coat. I might just wash wheel with warm soap and water and then follow up with metal cleaner/polish periodically.
 
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Sorry...don't remember the brand of cleaner.

I didn't put on any clearcoat. Now the wheels are never as shiny and harder to clean.
 
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Then maybe I should go ahead and re-apply new clear coat. If I do, I'll make sure to remove the wheel to avoid getting clear coat on the rotor. It was a pain in the neck to remove the old clear coat since it was 25 years old.
 
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I'd go with a clear coat! Sealed substrates are always easier to clean. You might not remember back to the days when aluminum rims first came out, no sealer and cleaning/polishing them was a weekly chore
 
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Thanks. I clear coated three wheels. The fourth one doesn't need it yet.
 
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Forgot to say back in June.........................wheels look really good now
 
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