: Clean wheels with (almost) no scrubbing



Lazarus_Rooney
05-08-09, 04:50 PM
I bought a product called Eagle 1 Wire Wheel and Chrome cleaner. Its not too bad, so heres a short review.

These the before pictures....
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d33/GEARHEAD426/P5080847.jpg
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d33/GEARHEAD426/P5080848.jpg

It sprays on foamy, and you let it sit for about a minute. If the wheel is really trashed, scrub at it just a bit. Using a strong jet of water, blast away the filth....
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d33/GEARHEAD426/P5080849.jpg

Ive found a brillo pad to be the perfect thing for whitewalls.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d33/GEARHEAD426/P5080850.jpg

Still wet, and in need of more scrubbing or a second treatment, but you can see the difference.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d33/GEARHEAD426/P5080851.jpg

Its been raining for a week and a half, and she really needed a quick wash while the sun was still out. Still looks dirty to me up close, but then again I am the most anal person on the face of the earth when it comes to keeping my car clean. Im using Simple Green car soap, and Im pretty disappointed. Anyone have something real strong that they use? My car desperately needs to get waxed.... a friend of mine compounds the undersides of boats and hes gonna use his buffer and a good wax to bring back a bit of shine to whats left of my clear coat in exchange for me detailing his cars interior.

Looks better than it did anyway....
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d33/GEARHEAD426/P5080855.jpg

Benzilla
05-08-09, 05:05 PM
Caddy looks good. That wheel cleaner is great isn't it? That stuff has been my lifeline since 2006. Best combo is eagle one + a toothbrush. You eventually get a system down, I can do a wheel in about three minutes.

I didn't know simple green made a car soap. I use this Meguiar's high foaming stuff in the purple bottle, I think it works good.

Ben

sven914
05-08-09, 10:14 PM
I wish I found that stuff before I replaced my wire wheels. I got tired of taking them off every week and scrubbing them with a tooth brush.

I replaced them with hubcaps from a '76 Seville because they're easier to clean (and they add a vintage look to the ride).

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=375&pictureid=3123

CaddyshackCadillac
05-08-09, 10:14 PM
the fact that you time yourself cleaning wheels doesnt surprise me ben lol

DopeStar 156
05-08-09, 11:34 PM
So ya found the brillo pad trick huh? Haha, blindingly white aren't they?

Lazarus_Rooney
05-09-09, 12:43 AM
So ya found the brillo pad trick huh? Haha, blindingly white aren't they?

i learned that when i was working as a limo detailer. i love white walls, a cadillac just looks like its missing something without them. and mom has absoutley no idea why shes alwyase out of brillo pads.

so anyone else got any cheap detailing techniques?

DopeStar 156
05-09-09, 12:58 AM
i learned that when i was working as a limo detailer. i love white walls, a cadillac just looks like its missing something without them. and mom has absoutley no idea why shes alwyase out of brillo pads.

so anyone else got any cheap detailing techniques?

Hahahha, my mom says the same shit. My dad used to complain for her until he got his Buick with white walls. Now the pads are disappearing twice as fast. Hahaha.

As for cheap detailing techniques? When you buy leather protectant, get something that's not in a spray bottle, but the squeeze kind. Pick a favorite, most are pretty good. The tip is to apply it with your hand instead of a cloth, why? Cloths absorb all the oils in the conditioner, your hand won't having oils of its own and will deposit some of that onto the seat as well. After all, leather is just skin, what better for treatment than skin oils, right?

By the way I'm gonna feel like an ass if you have valour seats......

Aron9000
05-09-09, 12:58 AM
I'll have to pick up some of that wire wheel cleaner, soap and water just doesn't cut it in those impossible to reach places.

Lazarus_Rooney
05-09-09, 01:45 AM
By the way I'm gonna feel like an ass if you have valour seats......

leather cleaner+fabric seats=(three weeks later)whats that smell?

aron9000, the $5 for the spray saves priceless amounts of sanity. :smilewide: i spent 2 hours with those ear cleaner things and a steel polish on one hubcap after taking it of the car, got brake dust all over my desk, my fingers hurt, and it still didnt look half as good as they look with the spray.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
05-09-09, 01:59 AM
I use a scrub brush and some concentrated Simple Green to get my white walls clean. It works just dandy.

I have also become a huge fan of chrome polish while owning my cars. I have some nice cream like stuff that works great. It takes a little while but when you are done and you polish the chrome up with a soft cloth it makes all the difference.

MT-ED
05-09-09, 11:42 AM
Mr Clean Magic Erasers are.....well magic on white-walls.

Martin.

96Fleetwood
05-09-09, 11:41 PM
The Eagle one spray works great! I still have some left b/c I buy a Brougham every now & then with wire wheels or the wire caps.