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First use a degreaser to clean the oil and dirt off use a good presure washer to wash them off then after they are clean use polish to bring them back to life then coat with a litte wax to protect them. I have had pretty good luck using a degreaser called "Purple Power". I get is through Advance auto parts. Price is reasonable and it is water based. I wouldn't want to use anything too harsh on rims. After I spray it on, I'll use a plastic bristle scrub brush to scrub them clean. Typically the black is from the disc brakes wearing. You can use ceramic brake pads to reduce the amount of black deposits. If I have deeply embedded dirt, I'll use a hand cleaner that has some grittiness to it applied by the same brush.

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