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How to best remove mold/rust/grime from classic spokes?

Hey guys,
Used v9 classic i bought sat outside in high humidity city and has lost its shine. Little rust spots, grime and
mold from humidity.

I tried coca cola according to some youtubers that swear by it, didn't work as much, so need yall help

I am asking if you can share with me some tips on what to use and what type of brushes
(unless there a spray on and rinse approach) to use?

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I would wash first with a degreaser. Chrome polish. 0000 steel wool, very light rubbing. More chrome polish.

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thank you

any names you can mention for degreaser/chrome polish?

didn't know spokes were chrome , those they were stainless steel sort of


so i guess coca cola is useless
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I use Mother's Chrome Polish. Seems to work well for me. My bike came from the Galveston area, and had a few tiny rust spots. The Polish keeps the rust away. My understanding is once rust shows up on chromed metals, the chrome has a tiny hole in it (assuming it's early and hasn't progressed) that allows dirt and moisture to penetrate to the metal below. This Polish seems to block the tiny holes. I only apply it once a year. It will take some rubbing though.
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On the rim itself i used supper fine sand paper (600 or better) will work on the real hard rust spots. Actually found more rust inside the rim once the tube and tire were off. I use Blue Magic metal polish, its incredible (Also works on your exhaust pipes). I am going to try the 0000 steel wool on the actual spokes to see if that cleans up the ageing on there.
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thanks for your suggestions

does mothers polish use for exhaust pipes, like the blue magic?...........interesting, 4 steps below:

I figure I'll do degreaser or foam spray on spokes
then, good wipe of each spoke
polish, lastly, individually and the outside rim

and very lastly, magic eraser and 'scrub free' house cleaner on the white walls,
i hear is great for our WW on the classic

this should make spokes /tires look great

I would like to do it right and take wheels off but I dont think I will
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Magic eraser is great on the White Walls.
Did it three days ago on mine
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you said you used magic eraser with what type of washing solvent?

also, did you guys here that BLEACH or washing agent with bleach
( even tho is great for the white walls) is not good for the tire , or alloy paint
b/c it will take the paint off, correct?

if not i 'd like to use the bleach if its safe for the tire wall.
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Not sure about chrome, but bleach can tarnish bare metals...
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Cleaning spokes is a lot of bother. Wish that the 900 Classic LT were de-classiced a little and that we had the choice of alloys or spokes OEM. Quite honestly I haven't done much with my spoked wheels on my '07 since it was new and after the first year of trying to keep the spokes polished and giving up they have not become worse in appearance.

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