View Full Version : Cleaning wire wheels . . . .

11-18-08, 03:13 AM
Any suggestions before I take the plunge? Wheels are the factory units on my 1991 Brougham, they are the real wire wheels, not the fake steel wheels with hubcap setup.

They really aren't too bad now, but they could look better. I'm planning to take them off the car and clean the back sides as well.

Should I just use a toothbrush, soap and water? I don't want to damage the chrome by using some type of chemical. Would a green scrubby pad(used for your dishes) be too abrasive?

11-18-08, 10:16 AM
The best cleaner is any wire wheel and chrome wheel cleaner. I used to use British wire wheel cleaner on my Daytons and it worked great but any cleaner like this from Pep Boys will do. Do not use this stuff on on any type of painted or coated wheel as it will take off the finish and do not clean in the hot sun. Also, do not let this stuff dry on the wheel and rinse three or four times!This stuff is great for any chrome or stainless wheels. After this the best way to dry is with compressed air and a rag. During the winter I would take my rims off and tediously use strips of terry cloth to get in between each spoke!

11-20-08, 04:34 PM
Find out where the used car dealers and body shops get there car cleaning stuff. They might have paint or hubcaps and other detailing stuff.... they have a chrome and wire wheel cleaner that is a strong acid.. it will clean way better that any wheel cleaner you can get at any of the auto parts stores...Its about $15 a gallon ..get a lab type bottle to spray it on .. if you use a pump sprayer it well be dead after one use.... but once you use it you'll never buy anything else..

11-22-08, 10:27 AM
Hey there. I bought a well-used set of wires recently and had to do a pretty throrough cleaning job to make them look like anything at all. It seems it's very difficult to get the acidic wire wheel cleaners up here in Canada. There's a thread or two about it on here from a few months back, somewhere.

Eagle One Chrome and Wire Cleaner was advised by Benzilla, but can't be purchased up here due to the acid. I gave up looking and justed used S.O.S. pads and constant water from a hose... however I had to be gentle not to scratch the wheels, and it was hard to get in the tight spots and took for ever. I tried to use a toothbrush for the places I couldn't reach, but I think I needed something stiffer as it didn't work too well.

They ended up cleaning up well, and the pads removed a lot of the rust spots/brake dust stains. I advise grabbing the Eagle One stuff because Benzilla advised it, and he seems to know what he's doing. Should make it a ton easier than craaaaazy amounts of scrubbing... although it seems to work, and they clean the crap out of whitewalls! :thumbsup: