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      01-07-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Best Wheel Wash?

I'm lazy the part I hate cleaning the most on my car is the wheels. What wheel cleaner cleans the best and gets the most brake dust off? Every brand of wheel cleaner I've ever used does pretty much nothing and I have to clean them the old fashioned way.
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http://www.amazon.com/Sonax-230200-7...+wheel+cleaner
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thanks , read the reviews on amazon so I bought 2 bottles...
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thanks , read the reviews on amazon so I bought 2 bottles...
Have you had a chance to try it out yet?
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I was shocked how clean it got my rims. Kind of expensive as I only got 2 wheel washes out of 1 bottle, but totally worth it if you hate sitting on a bucket and scrubbing your wheels with a wheel brush. Thanks!
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Sonax Full Effect is the best choice.

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we got them here for you as well.

Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner

we also have $8.88 flat rate shipping over $50

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Haven't used the Sonax but I've been using Optimum Power Clean I pre-mix into a dual action spray bottle along with a wheel detailer brush (like above) and a boar's hair brush for the front of the wheel. I have similar results to what's shown above. The EZDetail brush is great for getting inside the wheel, around the caliper, behind the wheel spokes, and cleaning the rotor.
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Will have to check this out myself. Just bought a bottle!
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I'm lazy the part I hate cleaning the most on my car is the wheels. What wheel cleaner cleans the best and gets the most brake dust off? Every brand of wheel cleaner I've ever used does pretty much nothing and I have to clean them the old fashioned way.
There's no way dirt & brake dust will remove itself but Bilbery Wheel Cleaner by ValetPRO makeS the job easier. Spray it on, let it soak, agitate with a brush and then rinse off ...
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There's no way dirt & brake dust will remove itself but Bilbery Wheel Cleaner by ValetPRO makeS the job easier. Spray it on, let it soak, agitate with a brush and then rinse off ...
Iron-x will do just that. Make it remove it self. Just spray on and rinse off with a high pressure washer. That is all it takes.

http://www.amazon.com/CarPro-Iron-Re...eywords=iron-x
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Iron-x will do just that. Make it remove it self. Just spray on and rinse off with a high pressure washer. That is all it takes.

http://www.amazon.com/CarPro-Iron-Re...eywords=iron-x
I bought some last year but haven't used it yet as I was worried it may harm the paint finish on the wheels. Is it ok in the long term??
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Here's my opinion which is only based on one experience and talking to others. I used a Meguiars cleaner for a year + and three of my four center caps started emitting some kind of "gum". I assume it was a glue. Since it was three of four I can only assume it was the wheel cleaner that did it. There was never any affect on the wheel finish that I could see. When I saw the affect on the caps, I stopped and went back to good old fashioned soap. I have discussed this subject with many others and the consensus seems to be "if it is strong enough to eat off brake dust, it has got to be doing collateral damage elsewhere with prolonged use". I'm sure the various manufactures will say oh no we have that figured out with our product. Not sure I would buy that argument. Just my .02 cents.
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I bought some last year but haven't used it yet as I was worried it may harm the paint finish on the wheels. Is it ok in the long term??
Who knows, I haven't had any troubles with it. I have gone through a few bottles over the last year, and apart from the seriously unpleasant smell, I have nothing but good things to say about it. I was recommended to use this from known detailers here in Norway. That said, I use it only for the wheels, I never use it anywhere else.

I have OEM 350m wheels for summer and some.... god knows what aftermarket wheels for winter setup. Both seems fine, but can't say what it will do to other wheels.

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I have discussed this subject with many others and the consensus seems to be "if it is strong enough to eat off brake dust, it has got to be doing collateral damage elsewhere with prolonged use".
I have to disagree with this. You can wash your car with surfex-hd as much as you like to. It eats dirt like nothing else I have ever seen and is very common among detailers in Europe. It is in fact strong enough to get rid of most brake dust. But unless you go crazy with a strong solution, it won't even strip off the wax on your car.

Iron-x works in a different way though.
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