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Old 12-28-2005, 07:22 PM   #1
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I have come to the conclusion that wheel cleaners are useless

I have used 90% of the wheel cleaners available at the mass merchandiser.Used them on many different makes of cars and trucks. I have not found one that is really spray on and hose off. Always have to get a brush and spounge out.

What spray out there really works. As in spray and hose off and clean as a bean??
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Old 12-28-2005, 08:34 PM   #2
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I have the same problem, I cannot find a product that is truly hose-off. Although, if you do it at the do-it-yourself carwash with the powerwasher attachments, the brake dust comes off very easy
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Old 12-29-2005, 07:04 AM   #3
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I havent used it in a long time but Eagle One's Wheel Cleaner works very well I'm using Maguires hot wheels with a brush and get amazing results. BTW when I used the Eagle one stuff I was using a High pressure washer wick it dont use any more.
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Old 12-29-2005, 10:19 AM   #4
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I agree I don't think there is any product that you can spray on and it will remove all build ups so its "clean as a bean". Remeber your wheels take quite a beating with all the high temperature brake dust that comes of the brake pad, tars and other road grime. If there was a wheel cleaner that could remove all of that stuff I would probably be worried about how strong the stripping power is. To reduce my time spent cleaning I apply the Poorboy's World Wheel Sealant which helps protect the wheel from build ups. The Wheel Wax does a similar job but it has more cleaning power that some people use exclusively as a one step wheel cleaner/protectant. The Poorboy's World Spray & Rinse is a pretty good wheel cleaner that breaks up most road grime for me with ease but probably not 100%.

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Old 12-29-2005, 10:48 AM   #5
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maguires wheel cleaners, both kinds work amazing.
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Old 12-29-2005, 03:39 PM   #6
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Old 12-29-2005, 03:55 PM   #7
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Poorboys Spray and Rinse Wheel Cleaner. Literally, spray it on and wait 30 secs and spray it off. Just used it on my salty grimey brakepad full wheels and came out spotless with a nice rinse. I have 8 - 16oz bottles of this stuff after I tried it the first time. Detailedimage.com, a sponsor here, carries it.
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Old 12-31-2005, 12:31 AM   #8
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I've been told that the rinse off sprays can be pretty harsh on the wheel's finish.

I recently switched to Griot's wheel cleaner which works pretty well. They sell a bunch of different mits which make cleaning go by a lot faster. What used to take 20 minutes now takes 10.

If you wax your wheels regularly, the brake dust comes off a little easier.
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There is a company called Ardex, they make a wheel cleaner called Buster. By far the best product that I have used. You might have to find a local distributor for their products though. Here is the link http://www.ardexlabs.com/index2.html

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I love the Dupont Teflon wheel cleaner. I haven't washed my car in three months, and I noticed that my wheels had the famous brake dust. So, it rain the other day and woolah. Wheels are clean. But usally I keep a nice coat of this product on. Inbetween washes, I pulled up to the car wash and hose off my wheels. try it.
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Old 01-17-2006, 01:58 AM   #11
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Sorry to break it to you, but if you want something that really works: get different pads. OEM/OE BMW pads (and most German pads too) shed brake dust like it's going out of style. When I switched pads, in 2 weeks buildup it was the equiv. of about 3 days with OE pads.
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