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Steve McF

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Best for cleaning grime off alloys?
« on: 16 July 2022, 11:41:29 AM »
I picked up some Wonderwheels alloy cleaner yesterday - impulse purchase as I saw it in the shop, and thought I'd give it a go on the set of Aero alloys I bought a couple of months back. They were quite grubby, especially the inside surfaces and the recesses and corners. Seemed to be a combination of brake dust, grease etc.

You spray the Wonderwheels on and leave it 5 minutes before using a jet washer to get the grime off. Except, that it didn't really clean up the paintwork that well, or at all in most places. The wheels don't seem greasy now, but they are not much cleaner!!!

Anyone got any recommendations on what else I could try to try and make them at least look a bit better?

At some point they may need refurbing, but I want to put them on the car for a bit and run it on them, so don't want them looking totally shabby!!!
« Last Edit: 17 July 2022, 07:10:50 PM by Steve McF »

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Re: Best for cleaning grime off alloys?
« Reply #1 on: 16 July 2022, 12:26:08 PM »
Autoglym brush on wheel cleaner, use that, then clean the wheels with shampoo and a cloth that will go in the bin. Then clay them and then wax them and just keep them clean from there on. I can't be bothered with all that though  8)

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Re: Best for cleaning grime off alloys?
« Reply #2 on: 16 July 2022, 01:21:42 PM »
I just wash the wheels.  If they are off the car, the insides can be scrubbed with a Scotchbrite sponge pad.  The outside can be cleaned like the car.

Most of the wheel cleaning products are acid, and designed to remove brake dust that contains metal.  This is usually the racing type pad which is designed for high temperature work.  On ordinary tyres, the most you would normally need is some solvent for the tar spots.
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Re: Best for cleaning grime off alloys?
« Reply #3 on: 19 July 2022, 10:35:21 PM »
Autoglym wheel cleaner, spray on & leave 5 minutes or more, it's a weak acid
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Re: Best for cleaning grime off alloys?
« Reply #4 on: 22 July 2022, 11:37:23 AM »
I use Bilberry wheel cleaner every wash. Non-acidic and smells pleasant too.

Pressure wash the worst off then you do, I'm afraid, still need to use a brush or a wheel sponge to get the rest off. Any cleaner that doesn't need this is really quite corrosive.