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Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:01 pm 
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does anyone know how to clean these???
if you look closely at the pic you will see what i mean

i tried some bull bar cleaner (hydrochloric acid based i think) and it didnt so anything.

someone said to try oven cleaner, i'm yet to give that a go.

it appears the previous owner clear coated it with something.

also does anyone know where i can get a set of the center caps??? i would be willing to pay $$$$ or trade something for them, looks tacky without them.

 

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:08 pm 
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They came from the factory with a clear coat on them so depending on how extreme you want to go with cleaning them, You may want to remove the clear coat.
I cleaned up mine using plain old mag wheel cleaner and they were worse than your one in the picture.....Take a look in my user gallery.

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:12 pm 
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with wheels that old, id say the paint has had it.

Scrub with a scourer with running water, let dry then wipe over with wax and grease remover, then mask up and spray a couple coats of silver, then a couple coats of good quality clear

Will look new then, and also will be easier to clean in the future.
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Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:51 pm 
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will try the proper mag cleaning stuff, if that doesnt work i'll rub the clear coat off and do it again.

Although the paint under the stuff that has turned green still appears to be quite good.

center caps anyone?

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:15 pm 
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Cleaning centre caps is pretty straight forward.....Just wash them in warm water with detergent. You may need to rub them a bit but they should come up nicely.

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:30 pm 
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sorry... i meant where can i get some center caps

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Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:46 pm 
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caseyaberhart wrote:
sorry... i meant where can i get some center caps

lol
if its clear coat a paint stripper or thinners to strip it off,sand and repaint or polish-then clear to seal it---do the back as well\brake dust sets and hard to wash off. centred ebay,here-forsale\wanted,trading post,tyre dealer-any that fits-fit ford badges.

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:10 am 
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i have a full set of chrome ghia centre caps in mint condition for them wheels but i don't want to part with them sorry.
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Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:49 am 
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i have a full set of chrome ghia centre caps in mint condition for them wheels but i don't want to part with them sorry.
HI i had some years ago strip off with paint striper then light sand mag wheel cleaner them so they shine and then recoat with clear
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Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:20 pm 
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i have a full set of chrome ghia centre caps in mint condition for them wheels but i don't want to part with them sorry.


damm.

ive been searching ebay for around a month now.

off to the shops to get some mag wheel cleaner!!!1

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:31 pm 
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hot-04l wrote:
i have a full set of chrome ghia centre caps in mint condition for them wheels but i don't want to part with them sorry.


damm.

ive been searching ebay for around a month now.

off to the shops to get some mag wheel cleaner!!!1
ha,ha, getting what you want takes time,its taken me over 2 years,but i got it and at a good price,saved big dollars.keep looking and asking,someone knows.

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:56 pm 
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hans hartman wrote:
caseyaberhart wrote:
hot-04l wrote:
i have a full set of chrome ghia centre caps in mint condition for them wheels but i don't want to part with them sorry.


damm.

ive been searching ebay for around a month now.

off to the shops to get some mag wheel cleaner!!!1
ha,ha, getting what you want takes time,its taken me over 2 years,but i got it and at a good price,saved big dollars.keep looking and asking,someone knows.


so everyone keeps telling me
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Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:27 pm 
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HOLY CRAP GUYS!!!!

someone suggested i use oven cleaner!!!

it worked a treat!!!!

check out the pic and compare it with the 1st one

 

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:11 pm 
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caseyaberhart wrote:
HOLY CRAP GUYS!!!!

someone suggested i use oven cleaner!!!

it worked a treat!!!!

check out the pic and compare it with the 1st one
nice clean--------now polish GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO dont forget to clear coat it :lol: :lol: :lol:

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:01 am 
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hans hartman wrote:
caseyaberhart wrote:
HOLY CRAP GUYS!!!!

someone suggested i use oven cleaner!!!

it worked a treat!!!!

check out the pic and compare it with the 1st one
nice clean--------now polish GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO dont forget to clear coat it :lol: :lol: :lol:


can you recommend a good polish, clearcoat and anything that may make it easier for me?

amazing how these things make u appreciate your car more!

 

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