: Cleaning wheels



ctsvohio
12-02-11, 10:41 AM
I searched and found a bunch of older threads. Not sure if some of those products are still made. I want to take the wheels off and really clean them up. The outside looks pretty good (a few minor scratches). The inside has a nice coat of break dust. What do you use and what do you do to make your wheels look nice (and stay nice)?

Aurora40
12-02-11, 07:00 PM
Just normal wheel cleaner and a brush should do the trick. One off-the-shelf product that works well on difficult brake dust is Eagle One A2Z wheel cleaner. However, don't spray it on the wheel on the car. I've noticed it will rust the brake rotors pretty easily (not just the friction surface), even with lots of rinsing.

Hamrhead
12-02-11, 07:36 PM
I was lucky enough to buy my '05 V with just 1,380 miles on it(in June 2010), so it was basically new.

The wheels were immaculate when I got the car, and I basically just clean them once a week. I use nothing but water, a small sponge, and a wheel brush I got from www.detailedimage.com to get in between the caliper and the wheel. I don't use any chemicals.

thebigjimsho
12-04-11, 12:05 PM
Agreed. A simple cleaner like Griots wheel cleaner and a soft brush should be all you need...

JDB
12-05-11, 10:51 PM
Sonax

http://www.detailersdomain.com/Sonax-Full-Effect-Wheel-Cleaner_p_324.html

Detroit427
12-10-11, 02:51 PM
I've been using Meguires Hot Rims wheel cleaner because it's readily available at most stores. Works quickly but it's best to agitate heavy deposits with a brush. It's not entirely spray on and hose off but what really is? It comes in 3 different bottles/formulas specialized for, all wheels(painted), chrome, or bare aluminum wheels.

2007ThunderV
12-12-11, 03:55 PM
i just use car soap with my foam gun, works great.

Natedog
12-14-11, 02:32 PM
Anyone use the Daytona Speed Master Wheel Brush? looks like it should be able to get into the barrel of the wheel fairly easily and save you from tearing up your hands... and i 2nd the Griot's wheel cleaner... works great
http://www.autogeek.net/ezdebrfca.html

Aurora40
12-15-11, 06:13 PM
Anyone use the Daytona Speed Master Wheel Brush? looks like it should be able to get into the barrel of the wheel fairly easily and save you from tearing up your hands... and i 2nd the Griot's wheel cleaner... works great
http://www.autogeek.net/ezdebrfca.html
I seem to recall reading reviews that said the handle would come off easily, or some similar annoying failure. You could search for it on autopia.org.