Repaint or scum? What is going on here?

Discussion in 'Pre Wash, Wash, Decon, Claying, Engine, Wheels, an' started by anamealreadyinuse, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. anamealreadyinuse

    anamealreadyinuse New Member

    This is a stock wheel from a 2003 Toyota 4-Runner. You can see where I've started cleaning it where it shines and other areas not so much. I run my fingernail and the "scum" does not budge. Is this some sort of build-up I can get off with a product or is the alloy wheel damaged and needs to be re-painted/coated? What do you recommend? Thanks for any help you can offer.

  2. SinisterSTi

    SinisterSTi Virgin Detailer

    What I think is happening is that silver powder coating without clear over time and with use and cleaning the powder tends to dull from abrasion. I think that is the darker areas. They would need to be refinished to be perfect. I hope this helps.
  3. Sizzle Chest

    Sizzle Chest New Member

    Yes, the finish on the wheels appears to have failed/is failing. Those wheels will need to be re-finished in order to get them looking good again. Sorry to say...
  4. anamealreadyinuse

    anamealreadyinuse New Member

    I was afraid of that...glad I asked before I spent any more labor LOL. Appreciate the help.

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