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    Harley Alloy Wheel Cleaning

    So just to check before I press the 'Buy' button;

    My 10 year old 883 has had a hard life and been commuted and parked outdoors all day (or similar), and all the bare alloy is dull, grey and stained, because Harley do not lacquer or cover the bare alloy on their wheels (or the bottom fork yoke), so the best thing for me to use to clean them is Solvol Autosol or similar, then protect with wax?

    I've been messing with the license plate holder to 'lay it down' a little with some judicious bending of the OEM brackets, and the state of the rear wheel has been staring me in the face - time for action!

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    Quote Originally Posted by triple&twin View Post
    So just to check before I press the 'Buy' button;

    My 10 year old 883 has had a hard life and been commuted and parked outdoors all day (or similar), and all the bare alloy is dull, grey and stained, because Harley do not lacquer or cover the bare alloy on their wheels (or the bottom fork yoke), so the best thing for me to use to clean them is Solvol Autosol or similar, then protect with wax?

    I've been messing with the license plate holder to 'lay it down' a little with some judicious bending of the OEM brackets, and the state of the rear wheel has been staring me in the face - time for action!

    Ok Nigel,


    Why not get your wheels blasted and powder coated, even in the worst condition wheels can be given a new lease of life.

    Most towns and cities have a powder coating specialists these days.

    See images.

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    Cheers,

    Dave.
    Last edited by bluenose-1956; 03-10-2017 at 11:51 AM.

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    Even after powder coating the wheels will get covered in brake dust and tar.

    To protect against the elements and to make them easier to clean either a good sealant or wax or one of the many ceramic coatings.

    For the money I use Finish Kare FK1000P high temp sealant. Works great. I have been using it on my car's wheels for several years.

    You use such a tiny amount and spread it as thin as possible a tin will last years.

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/sealan.../prod_589.html

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