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Old 03-06-2006, 08:55 AM   #11
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Many factory rims are still actually painted (or clearcoated) but this is irrelevant. All coatings are like the skin on our bodies. Harsh degreaer usually contain a from of sodium hydroxide which is a very effective cleaner but can be extremely drying. You may not see any damage right away but rest assured that if one side of the vehicle is cleaned with heavy duty degreaser on a weekly basis and the other side with a ph balanced solution like p21s in a few years one side will look shiny and healthy and the other will have a more dull, oxidized faded look. I have seen it first hand hundreds of time.
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