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Thread: Wheel Imperfection

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    My Cars
    2004 M3

    Wheel Imperfection

    I recently acquired another car that has a few weird spots on multiple wheels, allegedly not from the directly previous owner. The wheels are oem e46 m3 zcp wheels that have definitely not been refinished. The car was absolutely clean aside from these spots so I was not surprised when washing, claybar, and even (gasp) a magic eraser did not yield even a slight difference. I have done plenty of real body work and refinished several sets of wheels, but have never seen a defect that looks like this. The surface is smooth and continuous with the rest of the wheel. The rest of the wheel surfaces look good and don't have any paint failure or obvious defects. This looks like a stain. Does anyone have any suggestions to try next or even what they think it is? Should I try something to remove iron even though it doesn't look like rust?

    Last edited by neopolymath; 06-14-2018 at 03:23 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Milton, WV
    My Cars
    2002 BMW 530i Sport
    I think my next step would be as you stated and use some type of iron removing wheel cleaner. Sonax or IronX from CarPro.

    Good luck! Hopefully you will not need to refinish the wheels.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Atlanta, GA
    My Cars
    2014 BMW E84 X1 M
    Were you able to successfully remove it?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Salem, MA
    My Cars
    03 zhp, 97 e36m3, 04 zhp
    Can you feel it with your fingernail? Almost looks like somebody burned through the clearcoat?

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