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Wheel cleaner #4748525
05/05/18 02:10 PM
05/05/18 02:10 PM
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Clermont, Fl
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Does anyone use a wheel cleaner that actually dissolves brake dust and cleans well? Everything I have found has left me disappointed as I might as well just use the car wash soap and wheel brush as I would get the same results.

Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: 007] #4748533
05/05/18 02:25 PM
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Sonax Full Effect.

Meguiar's Wheel Brightener.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Wheel cleaner #4748534
05/05/18 02:26 PM
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Does anyone use a wheel cleaner that actually dissolves brake dust and cleans well? Everything I have found has left me disappointed as I might as well just use the car wash soap and wheel brush as I would get the same results.

Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: 007] #4748535
05/05/18 02:27 PM
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Clermont, Fl
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Moved to the detail section. Sorry

Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: 007] #4748539
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North Carolina
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Sonax Full Effect.

Meguiar's Wheel Brightener.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: rooflessVW] #4748540
05/05/18 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Meguiar's Wheel Brightener.


Ditto on the Meguiar's. It is an acid based cleaner, so you have to be careful. Don't let the subtle grape scent fool you, it will knock you down. That said it cleans really well and at a 4:1 ratio is cost effective. Heavily soiled wheels will still require agitation, but light duty spray on and hit it with the power washer. Once you get the wheels clean if you keep up cleanings you can use a normal degreaser.


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Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: 007] #4748542
05/05/18 02:42 PM
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Meguiars Super Degreaser if you need a lot and want more pro product. Superclean, and Meguiar's Ultimate Wheel Cleaner (which is made to remove ferrous metals and works great on paint to remove them as well)


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Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: 007] #4748558
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what ever they put in a the car wash....


turn in your old jackets, shirts and other clothes to a Salvation Army or any homeless shelter this year...
Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: 007] #4748573
05/05/18 03:16 PM
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USA
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Surf City Code Red at NAPA. It’s one of those color changing ones as a chemical reaction takes place. I mostly just use a brush and soap though.

Last edited by E365; 05/05/18 03:16 PM.

Whatever’s on sale...
Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: 007] #4748618
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Eagle One around here in Kentucky


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Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: rooflessVW] #4748634
05/05/18 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Sonax Full Effect.

Meguiar's Wheel Brightener.


+1 on the Sonax. It's not cheap though. I bought a 5 liter jugs at the Toronto auto show and split it into 4 with 3 co-workers (was $100 cdn for 5 liters) you get less for $22 from Amazon.


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Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: rooflessVW] #4748652
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Sonax Full Effect.

Meguiar's Wheel Brightener.




Dittos on the Sonax.


Cannot see signatures any longer so it doesn’t matter.
Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: 007] #4748665
05/05/18 05:52 PM
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I used to be a simple green user for years. It seems to have lost its bite as of late. Switched to Meguiars all wheel cleaner $4 from Walmart and it does what simple green used to do. Spray it on, foam turns muddy looking shortly after. Slight brushing and my white letters are white again.

No complaints.

Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: 007] #4748842
05/05/18 09:02 PM
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Not sure what brake pads people use, but Ive sort of resolved to not buy wheel cleaner again.

For everything from high bite-high dust euro pads to the cleanest ceramics, the residues generally come right off. On the euro pads, the dust cleans off super-easy, but there can be some small bits of black dirt embedded. Ive not found any cleaner to be particularly effective.

Ive run the color changing stuff, and it too doesn't do much. It will change color near the caliper, as will overspray on the disc, but the dust on the wheel? Not much of anything.

Ive taken to using wheel woolies, which work great most of the time, and I use soap from the bucket. I rinse my tools constantly, so the soap bucket stays clean and grit free.

Sometimes Ive used meguiars wash and wax (waterless wash, it's a white translucent product) on the wheels, as I figure the waterless wash (though I'm not using it that way) helps lift and lubricate particles, and the wax helps protect/seal the surface. If Im going to spray the car with HydrO2, then the wheels just get soapy water from the bucket, but get that treatment along with the rest of the car.

Re: Wheel cleaner [Re: 007] #4752005
05/09/18 11:46 AM
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West Michigan
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Modern ceramic pads have 99% negated the point of dedicated wheel cleaners for me...


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