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How do you clean your wheels? #5259045 11/05/19 11:27 AM
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I always find it difficult to clean the inside of the rims, even when using a good wheel cleaner. I used Griot's HD Wheel Cleaner on the truck last week. Worked great but the rims still have areas of dirt. I used one of those elongated wheel brushes to get in between, but it didn't come out 100%. Ideally I'd like to take the wheels off to clean. I may have to go underneath and just hit them from the inside.


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Re: How do you clean your wheels? [Re: buster] #5259049 11/05/19 11:36 AM
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The wheel design has a lot to do with it. More crevices and tighter openings means more places for dirt to accumulate and making them harder to clean. A power washer would be ideal. I don’t have that so I use the jet nozzle setting on my hose nozzle and have at it. That removes a good chunk of the dirt. I then use Sonax Full Effect wheel cleaner and that does a decent job. If I want to get them totally clean then after the Sonax I manually wash them.

Applying a sealant to the wheels will help keep some of the dirt off in the first place.


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Re: How do you clean your wheels? [Re: buster] #5259066 11/05/19 12:14 PM
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I'm using meguiars wheel and tire cleaner, boar hair bristle brush and a separate brush to clean the inside of the wheel. spray it liberally, wait a few minute, agitate, rinse. done. not my favorite part of the car wash though


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Re: How do you clean your wheels? [Re: buster] #5259073 11/05/19 12:22 PM
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EZ detail brush and APC when i wash it outside with buckets. But I finally invested in some quik jacks and clean the barrels of the wheels with an APC and microfiber every 5k miles when i rotate them.


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Re: How do you clean your wheels? [Re: buster] #5259075 11/05/19 12:28 PM
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might be a pain but pull them off and clean them well and then apply a sealant to them. then the next time you want to clean them they will clean a lot easier.

Re: How do you clean your wheels? [Re: buster] #5259087 11/05/19 12:40 PM
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One or two of these, in various sizes...

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.. one of these..

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.. and a diluted spray bottle of this

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.. and you're about 95% there. Throw in a high-pressure hose sprayer or pressure washer, and you're there...

Finish with some nice microfiber towels and perhaps a spray sealant to protect and shine, and you're good to go.


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Re: How do you clean your wheels? [Re: buster] #5259101 11/05/19 12:56 PM
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i've been reading around on how to clean calipers and ran into this about cleaning wheels. Prosoco 600 might work but it's acid.

https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=929586


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Re: How do you clean your wheels? [Re: buster] #5259108 11/05/19 01:06 PM
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If the wheels are really bad you might need to take them off and get them nice and clean and then try and stay on top of keeping the inside of them clean after that. Mine are painted so it was easier than raw aluminum. I took them off, cleaned them really well and put on some good sealant.


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Re: How do you clean your wheels? [Re: buster] #5259109 11/05/19 01:09 PM
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Good tips thank you I appreciate it.


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Re: How do you clean your wheels? [Re: buster] #5259110 11/05/19 01:09 PM
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I use basic car wash soap and a mitt for the wheels, with a stiff bristle brush for the tires and wheels woolies for the barrels.

They get deep cleaned every 5k miles with the rotation.


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Re: How do you clean your wheels? [Re: buster] #5259116 11/05/19 01:14 PM
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I use the same car wash soap and a separate sponge/brush/rag for them. I keep a bottle of Griot's wheel cleaner on hand for stubborn brake dust. I've had Eagle One's A2Z and other acidic wheel cleaners applied at the car wash eat away at OEM wheel clearcoat and corrode the underlying aluminum.

The most aggressive cleaner I will use on wheels is Simple Green.

Re: How do you clean your wheels? [Re: buster] #5259140 11/05/19 01:45 PM
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I'm going to clean them from the inside next wash.


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Re: How do you clean your wheels? [Re: buster] #5259181 11/05/19 02:57 PM
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I just take the car through a car wash and wipe it down afterwards. The key was using ceramic brake pads/Akebono pads, very little brake dust so they don't actually get dirty and I don't really have to clean them.

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Originally Posted by Wolf359
The key was using ceramic brake pads/Akebono pads, very little brake dust so they don't actually get dirty and I don't really have to clean them.

There is still a small bit of brake dust with Akebonos or any OEM-level NAO "ceramic" pad. It's not the thick metallic European type that can damage the finishes on your wheels due to the metal dust. The binder helps create the sticky mess from brake dust as well.

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The key was using ceramic brake pads/Akebono pads, very little brake dust so they don't actually get dirty and I don't really have to clean them.

There is still a small bit of brake dust with Akebonos or any OEM-level NAO "ceramic" pad. It's not the thick metallic European type that can damage the finishes on your wheels due to the metal dust. The binder helps create the sticky mess from brake dust as well.


Yes, it's a very thin layer. Seems to come off when going through the car wash and it just wipes off. Don't even notice it before going through the car wash so the wheels basically always looks good. OEM pads use to just make them black.

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