: Wheel cleaning tip



jimbo1320
12-03-09, 05:48 PM
Thought I would share this with everyone. When cleaning my wheels I use a coffee pot cleaning brush. You can bend it as needed so it will get into those tuff spots under the rotors and around the calipers (see pictures). You can pick them up at any restaurant supply house. It works for me.

Hawkeye2
12-03-09, 05:51 PM
I'll give that a try, the wheels are the hardest ones I've ever cleaned!

cbloveday
12-03-09, 09:25 PM
I don't like the metal stem supporting the brissles. I can see where if you are not extremely careful, you could scratch the wheels.

Mike 09 V
12-04-09, 12:59 AM
I bought a triangular soft cloth type brush made just for mags at Auto Zone (maybe Checker I forget). Works real well and no danger of scratching. They have a number of different design brushes for these purposes.

Jack B
12-04-09, 03:02 AM
A few years ago I bought a wire spoked wheel cleaning brush for a Buick I had. It works great on the V. It does not have any metal integrated with it so does not scratch the aluminum wheel. At the time they were sold by GM.

Aron9000
12-04-09, 03:28 AM
A few years ago I bought a wire spoked wheel cleaning brush for a Buick I had. It works great on the V. It does not have any metal integrated with it so does not scratch the aluminum wheel. At the time they were sold by GM.

I'd like to see a picture of said brush. These are a PITA to clean

http://www.fquick.com/images/vehicles/full/25595282979.jpg (http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewgallery.php?action=viewimg&id=282979)

Prof
12-04-09, 04:35 AM
Years ago I realized that I am a compulsive vehicle cleaner. It became immediately clear that cleaning the wheels of all vehicles is best accomplished by removing the wheel. Then it became obvious that the process allowed for very easy cleaning of the wheel well, and visible suspension...but then I am an old fart. Get a floor jack (or a lift for Christmas) and a torque wrench, you will find the process very quick, very easy and much more satisfying.

wfo
12-04-09, 09:57 AM
I like the spirit of the Thread...but do yourselves right and go to a Pep Boys or other Auto shop of your liking and in the detailing section you will find a lug brush for getting those nasty lug crevaces and a two sided with plastic handle covered with sponge/micro fiber cleaning tool for correctly cleaning those aluminum and painted wheels.

I'm afraid using a pot scrubber of any kind with metallic anything is going to lead to an eventual mi use an cause scracthes.

Prof
12-04-09, 10:33 AM
Does anyone else use their wife's jewelry sonicater to clean their lug nuts???

I will adamantly deny any future reference to this post that happens to get to my wife!!!

OldRoadDawg
12-04-09, 01:31 PM
Years ago I realized that I am a compulsive vehicle cleaner. It became immediately clear that cleaning the wheels of all vehicles is best accomplished by removing the wheel. Then it became obvious that the process allowed for very easy cleaning of the wheel well, and visible suspension...but then I am an old fart. Get a floor jack (or a lift for Christmas) and a torque wrench, you will find the process very quick, very easy and much more satisfying.
I remove them about once a month - not every time. That would get to this old fart's back


Does anyone else use their wife's jewelry sonicater to clean their lug nuts???
I thought I was anal about cleaning.....
I yield to you sir. :highfive:

chopmeat
12-04-09, 02:46 PM
I took my wheels off the other day and didn't have to clean a thing!

I use this brush for inside the wheels only...
http://classic-motoring.stores.yahoo.net/ezdetailbrush.html

Then I use a microfiber cloth with car wash other the outside and for the brakes and inside the hub I use a boars hair brush from Griot's Garage!
3 step process!!!!

cbloveday
12-04-09, 08:59 PM
I am a griots garagoholic. :shhh:
I own about item they sell. They rock!

I also buy from detailers domain. They carry swissvax products

http://www.detailersdomain.com/search.aspx?manufacturer=12&log=false&category=29

www.griotsgarage.com
www.detailersdomain.com

Prof
12-04-09, 09:42 PM
I am a griots garagoholic. :shhh:
I own about item they sell. They rock!

I also buy from detailers domain. They carry swissvax products

http://www.detailersdomain.com/search.aspx?manufacturer=12&log=false&category=29

www.griotsgarage.com
www.detailersdomain.com

Me too!

Richard Rocks!

jimbo1320
12-05-09, 11:04 PM
I have used this brush many times without scratching the finish. I only use it to get under the rotor and caliper not the actual polished part of the wheel. I have other more gental brushes for that,

Thanks for all the feedback and sugestions. As I am always open for new Ideas. Happy cleaning.