: Best way to clean inside of wheels?



lollygagger8
03-16-09, 11:26 AM
Ok the outsides of my stockers or good, but what do you guys use to clean the inside of the rim where all the brake dust has accumulated over the years?

I tried soap and water and it didn't touch it.

Scotch Brite? Steel Wool? Any suggestions?

CTSV_510
03-16-09, 11:33 AM
Simple Green and a brush works fine for me.

http://toolmonger.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/1010040285.jpg

OldRoadDawg
03-16-09, 11:43 AM
where all the brake dust has accumulated over the years?
Am I to understand that you do NOT remove said wheels at the 'minimum' of once monthly for the purpose of washing and applying Rejex to the inside half, after thoroughly removing every speck of brake dust and road crud???

Hmm-m . . . possibly my wife is on to something when she suggests that I'm f*#kn' crazy and need to get a life.

CadiBlk
03-16-09, 12:16 PM
+1 on the simple green.

My process consists of spraying simple green all around and let it do it's magic for a minute or so. Then I use this wheel cleaner wand that I got at Autozone for about $4. The wand is basically a woven cloth on a skinny handle. I then work the wand in between the spokes and behind the rotors. The wand and the simple green loosen up all my brake dust and then I use the hose to rinse it all off. I repeat this process till I am satisfied. Takes about 10-15mins to get my wheels sparkling clean.

lollygagger8
03-16-09, 12:23 PM
The simple green is easy on the paint then? Sweet! I have a bristle brush, and then a softer one with a little patch of os scotch brite on it. I can use that.

V8V
03-16-09, 01:14 PM
The next time I have a wheel off, I'm going to take a roll of black electrical tape, and black out the area behind the spokes and see how it looks. If it looks ok, I'm going to paint the back portion charcoal (read that as brake-dust-gray) so they still look good from an angle even if I missed a spot while cleaning them. There's a good chance that it will look hokey, but I figured it's worth 15 minutes and a roll of tape to see how it looks.

Jesda
03-16-09, 01:40 PM
I do not suggest Simple Green on paint.

lollygagger8
03-16-09, 02:23 PM
What would you suggest then?

Hey Jesda, since you are super moderator, bring back our post counts please!

CTSV_510
03-16-09, 02:34 PM
I have been using simple green on the V wheels for over a year and have seen no signs of fade or damage.

Our wheels have uber-paint, just ask anyone that has tried to remove it.

The Boss V
03-16-09, 03:07 PM
grease of the elbow works for me ........... and clean them more than once a year should help

lollygagger8
03-16-09, 03:23 PM
grease of the elbow works for me ........... and clean them more than once a year should help

They were like that when I got em

Skater
03-16-09, 03:42 PM
Something has etched the paint on one of my wheels. I am assuming it was cleaner that was applied to it. Now i have an ugly black blotch on it. Not sure how tough the paint is but i need to get it refinished, just not sure with what yet.

rand49er
03-16-09, 04:38 PM
I've tried the Rejex method, and if it works, I can't imagine what it's like NOT using it. As it is, I work my hands between the spokes and loosen the brake dust, then squirt it off using a hose. 'Tis a PITA!

Oh, and OldRoadDawg, yes you are f'n crazy ... just like the rest of us! :thumbsup:



... Hey Jesda, since you are super moderator, bring back our post counts please!:yeah:

For the life of me, I fail to see the rationale for not displaying post counts anymore. Get rid of the silly Casino Cash instead. :yup:

Cowan480
03-16-09, 06:10 PM
I'm going to step out on a lim here and I don't want anyone to make fun of me.

I went to walmart/dollar tree and bought a toilet bowl brush that fits perfectly inside the wheel between the rotor and wheel itself. WORKs GREAT!! Plus I prep the wheel with " Professional's NO MORE DUST" in spray bottle from advance auto. Takes everything off with ease.

http://www.professionalsfavorite.com/

LUVMY04V
03-16-09, 06:18 PM
I'm going to step out on a lim here and I don't want anyone to make fun of me.

I went to walmart/dollar tree and bought a toilet bowl brush that fits perfectly inside the wheel between the rotor and wheel itself. WORKs GREAT!! Plus I prep the wheel with " Professional's NO MORE DUST" in spray bottle from advance auto. Takes everything off with ease.

http://www.professionalsfavorite.com/

LOL same thing i did minus the brake dust spray

SFBayV
03-16-09, 06:55 PM
You know, I stopped into Kragen a while back and picked up this cleaner called Eagle One All Wheel & Tire Cleaner. I hadn't used it before, so I figured that since they were out of the other cleaner that I use, I'd give it a try.

The first time I used it, I noticed that it seemed to cling fairly well. After letting it sit for about 1 minute or so, I blasted it off. Well low and flippin' behold. Not only did it clean the spokes, rim, lug nut wells and calipers, it also cleaned off the "over spray" areas in between the spokes with no agitating or wiping. I'd say that if you take the wheels off for a proper cleaning, this stuff should do a pretty good job for you. It smells cool too..........

Cory

rdjiv
03-16-09, 11:42 PM
Am I to understand that you do NOT remove said wheels at the 'minimum' of once monthly for the purpose of washing and applying Rejex to the inside half, after thoroughly removing every speck of brake dust and road crud???

Hmm-m . . . possibly my wife is on to something when she suggests that I'm f*#kn' crazy and need to get a life.

I second this method - certainly makes it a lot easier, life or no life. ;)

thebigjimsho
03-17-09, 12:14 AM
For the life of me, I fail to see the rationale for not displaying post counts anymore. Get rid of the silly Casino Cash instead. :yup:
I know I don't say this often, Randy, but you are a man wise beyond your considerable years...

thebigjimsho
03-17-09, 12:15 AM
Back on topic:

Griots Garage wheel cleaner and a firm brush and a lot of elbow grease will do it. And it's safe for your wheel's finish...

Jesda
03-17-09, 05:17 AM
Hey Jesda, since you are super moderator, bring back our post counts please!

lol, I didn't take them away!

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/site-news-feedback-questions-suggestions/

daVe06
03-17-09, 08:38 AM
Just did mine on the weekend. They were pretty bad. Totally covered on the inside, and brown crud running out between the spokes. Probably never done by the previous owner.
Simple Green, a rag(well a few rags actually), and some elbow grease.
Don't use anything abrasive like a scouring pad or scotch brite. You're dealing with a painted surface here.
Mothers pre wax cleaner after, and then Mothers carnuba wax. Did the calipers too.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c278/Davephoto/201_3753.jpg

thebigjimsho
03-17-09, 09:18 AM
lol, I didn't take them away!

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/site-news-feedback-questions-suggestions/
I'm leery.









and undeterred...

lollygagger8
03-17-09, 11:19 AM
lol, I didn't take them away!

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/site-news-feedback-questions-suggestions/

Well when you guys are in your next secret moderator meeting, tell them we'll trade all the casino cash (whatever it's for anyways) to get our post counts back! :banghead:

thebigjimsho
03-17-09, 11:50 AM
no kidding...