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Old 10-26-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Whats on my wheels?

I recently got a 2004 TJ Rubicon with the stock 16" Moabs. I noticed it before we bought it and it isn't a huge deal, but there is something on almost all of the wheels and I can't figure out what. Look at the white spots around the center caps.

Anyone know what it is and how to get it off?
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:55 PM   #2
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Interested also....... I have the same looking blemishes on my tj canyon wheels but its worse than yours. I don't know it happened and I don't think it can be fixed. I think its some form of oxidation like when bare metal rusts

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Yup, looks like oxidation to me. I'd buff it off and cover it with some car wax.
Not sure how the wheels are but you might even want to spray some clear paint coating to keep the rust out.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:06 PM   #4
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Corrosion, not rust. Common on aircraft, under painted surfaces. Once started, it is self sustaining and tunnels under paint and clear coat and does not stop until the covering film is removed and the aluminum is cleaned and polished. This corrosion leaves deep pitting and can lead to total failure of the base metal.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:36 AM   #5
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Corrosion, not rust. Common on aircraft, under painted surfaces. Once started, it is self sustaining and tunnels under paint and clear coat and does not stop until the covering film is removed and the aluminum is cleaned and polished. This corrosion leaves deep pitting and can lead to total failure of the base metal.
You are correct. this is known as "filiform" corrosion, a type of galvanic corrosion.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:42 AM   #6
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I would plastic dip them or use spray on bedliner.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:28 PM   #7
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Have thought about Plastidipping but don't want the corrosion spots to show through. Not sure what I'll do quite yet.
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Have thought about Plastidipping but don't want the corrosion spots to show through. Not sure what I'll do quite yet.
The nice thing about plastic dip is if you don't like it you can always peel it off.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:07 PM   #9
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Very true.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:40 PM   #10
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They are all right!!

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Very true.
Go and look up Dipyourcar.com he's got a shop here in FL-Know's the product better than most!! Pick a spray can color you like and you won't believe the results!!! Blems WON'T show through!!!!!

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