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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 8th June 2019, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know what can get my wheels clean without scrubbing?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 9th June 2019, 12:13 AM
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WD 40 works very well.
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WD 40 works very well.

If you use WD-40, keep it well away from the valve stem (and of course brake disc/pads). I used to use WD-40 on my '05 and sprayed it directly on the rear wheel. However, it eventually degraded the rubber of my valve stem causing it to crack and leak air requiring replacement.

Since then, I just use a spray on wax which does a pretty good job of cutting chain lube fling and leaves a nice shiny surface. No real scrubbing is needed, just some firm wiping.


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...I used to use WD-40 on my '05 and sprayed it directly on the rear wheel. However, it eventually degraded the rubber of my valve stem causing it to crack and leak air requiring replacement....
I have metal valve stems on my bike so it's not an issue. But are you sure this is causation and not a correlation? Rubber valve stems will eventually wear out. I used to change them every time I changed the tires. That's actually one of the reasons I switched to metal.

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I used wd40 with 0000 steel wool, and was amazed at how magical the results were. Wheels went from what I thought needed powder coated, to looking as good as any Iíve seen!
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I have metal valve stems on my bike so it's not an issue. But are you sure this is causation and not a correlation? Rubber valve stems will eventually wear out. I used to change them every time I changed the tires. That's actually one of the reasons I switched to metal.

Could have been my "liberal" use of the stuff. But I've had the same valve stem since I changed it and that was over 10 years ago. Just my anecdotal experience.


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WD is good for sure....
If my rear wheel is extra foul with chain lube, carefully coat it with degreaser and leave it soak for 2 minutes
and then use an old dust pan brush to remove the gunk.... hit it with water and it all gone, then i wash it with bike wash and a sponge later to remove any residual....

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Thanks for your reply all. I tried showroom shine that I bought off the shopping channel and that did the trick just fine.
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Have you tried a cup paraffin / kerosene mixed with water, on your rims? Brush on with a paint brush, for more control in where one is trying to apply it, then spray off with a garden hose or water filled hand held squirt container, to rinse off. Note, not too heavy handed when mixing the paraffin to water or you may just wash away valuable lube from bearings. On the plus side, paraffin leaves an oily layer on the metal that helps protect your rim, so a warning to keep it clear from the brake disk and pads.
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