How to clean rusty bike wheel?

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Imawimoty
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How to clean rusty bike wheel?

Postby Imawimoty » 18 Sep 2019, 2:07pm

Hi guys you have always been really helpful in the past. I was wondering if there is a os way of cleaning rust off a bike wheel. I have tried cleaning wadding stuff and although it cleans a little of it off, not all of it will unless I plan on cleaning it for a long time. Any suggestions ? The bike is okay and so are the wheels, apart from the rust obviously.

reohn2
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Re: How to clean rusty bike wheel?

Postby reohn2 » 18 Sep 2019, 5:51pm

Solvol Autosol will bring them up as good they'll get:- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Autosol-Solv ... .l4275.c10
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hamster
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Re: How to clean rusty bike wheel?

Postby hamster » 18 Sep 2019, 7:16pm

Depending on how rusty:

Mild staining on chrome: soapy water and bacofoil
Heavy staining: solvol autosol
Flaking: steel wool.

Steel rims are heavy and present an appallingly bad braking surface when wet. An anvil with a rope works better in the rain. If it's not a historic restoration, consider whether a replacement wheel with aluminium rim is a better use of your time.

gxaustin
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Re: How to clean rusty bike wheel?

Postby gxaustin » 19 Sep 2019, 12:28am

I have a reasonable 27" steel rim (wheel) if you want it.

Carlton green
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Re: How to clean rusty bike wheel?

Postby Carlton green » 19 Sep 2019, 6:20am

Imawimoty wrote:Hi guys you have always been really helpful in the past. I was wondering if there is a os way of cleaning rust off a bike wheel. I have tried cleaning wadding stuff and although it cleans a little of it off, not all of it will unless I plan on cleaning it for a long time. Any suggestions ? The bike is okay and so are the wheels, apart from the rust obviously.


As others have said it all depends on the rim’s underlying condition. I’ve used an oil loaded piece of scotch-bright in the past on heavily tarnished rims and it’s worked well (the shine returns, but mirror finishes become semi brushed). Plus one for steel rims being a really poor wet weather braking surface.