2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V Appearance Mods Discussion, Pain to clean these wheels!! in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; In my opinion, the difficulty of cleaning open wheels goes in order of chrome (easiest), polished, and then painted (hardest). ...
In my opinion, the difficulty of cleaning open wheels goes in order of chrome (easiest), polished, and then painted (hardest). I have had all three types on CTS-Vs. The presence of brake dust obviously is more of a problem with the open style wheel that is employed on many of today's more expensive performance cars. I use the same wash that I use on the car and a brush to clean the wheels, but I can't do it in five minutes. It is more like five minutes per wheel.
I'm kinda used to it, all the way down to having a job specific stool for the occasion. What's really painful is when the calipers get in the way. I use a small diameter nylon brush I picked up at Home Depot that I believe was designed to clean inside of pipes or something. Not the hard brush designed to get rid of metal burs after cutting,... that would do serious harm to our wheels, but it looks just like it only armed with nylon instead of steel brissles. I've seen the power ball in action but haven't been convinced enough to buy one. I might reconsider!
Automobile(s): CTS-V 2009 White Diamond, 996TT Silver, G35 Coupe 6mt, M45S
Re: Pain to clean these wheels!!
I'm very impressed with the "Eagle One Keep Clean Wheel" brake dust repellent. After reading about it on an earlier thread, i decided last week to give it a try.
I thoroughly cleaned my polished wheels and applied it. I made the mistake of putting a a little too much and since it was getting dark, i couldn't quite see, so it left some white lines. A couple of days I applied it to the porsche wheels (their coated, but also get dirty quickly).
Well, my polished wheels on the V still look like I washed them yesterday from a distance. Some dirt still collected in the angled areas, but the wheels overall still shine. Same with the porsche. There, I put it on very lightly, so a missed a few spots. After driving it for 15 miles I could already see a big difference between the treated and untreaded areas. After driving 200 miles they are still mostly clean. I don't yet know how it holds up in the rain, but sofar, my wheels are going to be a cinch to clean now. I saw it both at Autozone and O'Reilly for $6.99
Automobile(s): 2009 CTS-V (TR-6060, Black Raven/Ebony, Recaros, Ultraview)
Re: Pain to clean these wheels!!
I use Griot's Garage products; all are good and safe. Use their wheel cleaner and plastic handled brushes to clean the inside of the wheel. There's no way around it; you have to get your hands dirty and spend a few minutes, but if you apply the wheel cleaner, let it sit for a few minutes, spray quickly with a hose to get mild suds, and use a sponge to clean every crevice, they will look fantastic. I wash my car once a week by hand; car washes will damage your wheels and scratch your paint.
I'm very impressed with the "Eagle One Keep Clean Wheel" brake dust repellent. Hans.
X1 - This product works! But I also found that spraying the material on, tends to lay it on a little too heavy. A better method seems to be to spray the material on a micro-fiber towel and wipe it on the accessible areas of the wheel. Then spray the areas that are inaccessible lightly. There are hardly any visible hazy areas visible, where the material was applied too heavily by just spraying it on.
I have tried several cleaners and have finally settled on Mother's FX. It is a little tough to find, but it is the closest thing to a true spray-on / spray-off product I have used. A good soaking with the FX and a solid stream spray just leaves me with a quick wipe down with a microfiber towel to buff them to a shine. It also does a great job getting the entire surface area of the wheel all the way back to the inside of the rim. Give it a shot. BTW - I have painted wheels.