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    How do I safely remove these stains on wheels?

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    Iíve only had the car about a month and itís a 2015 S5. I feel like the tire dressing the dealerIMG_4946.jpg used in their car wash got on the wheels and caused the stains and Iím not sure what to do about it. Local car wash people said their detailers can get it out using rubbing compound and I wasnít sure if thatís a good idea or not.




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    Quote Originally Posted by chekraze View Post
    Iíve only had the car about a month and itís a 2015 S5. I feel like the tire dressing the dealerIMG_4946.jpg used in their car wash got on the wheels and caused the stains and Iím not sure what to do about it. Local car wash people said their detailers can get it out using rubbing compound and I wasnít sure if thatís a good idea or not.




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    Hard to tell from the pictures but are stains "on" the surface or "in" the finish. The distinction is important.

    If they are surface stains they should be relatively easy to remove. I used a polished metal cleaner to remove some stains. If they in the finish then you likely will have to have the wheels professionally buffered out or the wheels refinished.

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    The 2nd pic definitely shows where the clear coat on the wheels has been etched (see the runs, like something was splashed/sprayed on and ran). Something too harsh used to clean the wheels? I've also seen this from spraying wheel cleaner on and not rinsing off. It's hopefully just in the clear coat, polishing by hand or most likely buffer will be needed. May need the wheels refinished - that's what it looks like to me (2nd pic)... The first pic looks more like magnesium chloride damage, which might be remedied with the same solutions depending on how deep it has eaten into the finish. Probably need a professional refinishing... Almost looks like two different problems but I can't get a feel for them in pictures.

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    Looks like the wheel under the gas door and the tank was overfilled. I'd let a Pro look at it after trying some mild 'over the counter' cleaners.

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    For the first picture:
    Take a polishing pad and light polish and it will buff out. Might have to use machine, i am not sure if doing it by hand will do 100%

    The second picture kind of looks like the base under the clear got damaged. You can try the same steps but dont think it will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chekraze View Post
    Iíve only had the car about a month and itís a 2015 S5. I feel like the tire dressing the dealerIMG_4946.jpg used in their car wash got on the wheels and caused the stains and Iím not sure what to do about it. Local car wash people said their detailers can get it out using rubbing compound and I wasnít sure if thatís a good idea or not.

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    are all the wheels stained like that? did you use an acid based cleaner on them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdqgp View Post
    are all the wheels stained like that? did you use an acid based cleaner on them?
    Yes all the wheels. I did not use any wheel cleaner on them. Iím wondering if the detailer at Audi dealership put something in them before delivering car to me


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    Did you figure out a fix yet? Iíve got the same issue going on with my rotors. Probably self induced for me though, although Iím not sure how. May try to hit them with some compound.
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    by rotors you mean your factory 5 spokes? if so then yes you might want to try to polish or if needed compound then polish them out....curious what wheel cleaner are you using it looks like they have already been damaged a bit from either a wheel cleaner or lack of care.

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    I had something similar (maybe the same?) on my Rotors which was caused by a detailer using a harsh cleaner. I use Griot's Speed Shine and a lot of elbow grease to remove it. FWIW, I wouldn't use polishing compound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by if6ws9 View Post
    I had something similar (maybe the same?) on my Rotors which was caused by a detailer using a harsh cleaner. I use Griot's Speed Shine and a lot of elbow grease to remove it. FWIW, I wouldn't use polishing compound.
    Why wouldn't you use polishing compound?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chip_ View Post
    Why wouldn't you use polishing compound?
    I'd be concerned about using anything abrasive, that it would damage the finish.
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