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Old 09-06-2004, 02:44 AM   #1
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If you live where there is salt due to winter, then you are probably in the same boat. On my Bonnie with gold crosslace rims, I have corrosion from the old wheel weights that were taken off when i got my new tires put on. I know that it is actually bonded to the metal because of a chemical reaction, I was just wondering if there was any way to make it less visible? Thanks in advance
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You can try a claybar to remove most of the dirt that will be in the bonded area.

Then I would probably start with 400 grit wet sandpaper, this is the black paper that is sold at Lowes and other hardware stores, on the area and see if the spot becomes less noticeable.

Then when you get the area to where it looks decent use an 800 grit wet sand paper to remove and surface scratches.

If you are satisfied at this point I would claybar the entire outside portion of the rim and follow up with a decent aluminum wheel cleaned. Mothers make an excellent wheel cleaner for aluminum wheels.

I had a 95 Bonneville and had the same problem on the cross laced rims and the above procedure worked for me. I hope the new weights are of the stick on variety and not the clip on weights.

Good luck and post back before and after pictures if possible. I am sure other members have the same problem.
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acid and steel wool and also wetsanding works wonders but very time consumeing
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Thats some good advice. I have a piece of metal stuck to one wheel, when I ran over a muffler. I geuss the muffler was still hot and kind of welded itself on.
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This is wat I do.. I tell the guys who balance my wheel to put the weight on the inside of the rim ( facing the car ) so it won't be showing the weight on the outside..
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sometimes when you put the weight on the inside it is not as well balanced as putting the weights on the outside
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I had the same problem with my car. Same wheels but silver. I just sanded them down...matched the paint with some spray paint at walmart...got some clear coat/wheel coating from auto zone.... and in about 1- 1/2 hr and 10 dollars later.... it looked like i had new rims!
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I had the same problem with my car. Same wheels but silver. I just sanded them down...matched the paint with some spray paint at walmart...got some clear coat/wheel coating from auto zone.... and in about 1- 1/2 hr and 10 dollars later.... it looked like i had new rims!
That'* a good idea.... I've got some issues with the rims on my 91..... might just do what you suggested.

I've had the rims redone once before... it costs $80 Cdn per rim. Might do it next year, but not in the budget for this year.
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