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Old 06-05-2005, 12:11 PM   #1
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Proper technique to clean rims

I have SSR GT3 rims which are silver with a polished rim. I am wondering how you guys clean your rims.

I have been using Meguiar's Hot Rims and it seems to do a good job. I use a rim brush to scrub off the brake dust.

Once I have rinced off the rims, I have been drying the rims with a 100% cotton towel. However, I'm starting to see small swirl mark type scratches in the polished rims, and I'm assuming this has to be from drying the rim.

Should I not be drying the rims after? If I should, how can I avoid putting these swirl marks in the rim? I have been drying because water pools at the bottom of the rim behind the ridge that has the bolts that go around the outside of the rim.
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Old 06-09-2005, 09:35 AM   #2
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Think about using detail spray when you dry your wheels - spray it on the wet wheel, then dry it. "Dry" towels will leave swirls / micro scrathes, and the detail spray acts like a lubricant between the towel and the surface. (works for drying the whole car too........) It also leaves a very thin layer of wax on the wheel, which seems to help shed the brake dust a little bit.
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Old 06-09-2005, 09:42 AM   #3
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That Meguiar's stuff sucks in my experience.

I use a 3 step process that works pretty well.


1. After I finish washing my car, I wet the wheels with the hose, then I pour out the soap water in my bucket and refill it with a higher concentration of soap in water. I dip my wheel brush ($5 at auto parts store) in it and start scrubbing down the rims till they're fairly clean.

2. Spray down the rims ago, and take a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser ($1 for a sample pack at Target) to it to get to the tighter parts of the rim and to clean up any missed spots. Trust me, this thing works wonders.

3. Dry the wheels off with a terry cloth, and apply wax to it. The wax you use on your car is just fine. Wait. Buff. And your wheels will look as good as new. The wax will help slow down the brake dust build up too.

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Old 06-12-2005, 08:46 AM   #4
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Another good tip for wheels to give them more enduring protection and a great shine is a wheel sealant. It's like a wax but it's designed to protect your wheel from high temperature brake dust bonding to the surface. I use Poorboy's Wheel Sealant http://secure.detailedimage.com/Merc...ory_Code=Wheel and it does a great job of keeping the brake dust and contamination on the surface for easy removal. After I use it I can usually just use a hose to get the rest of the brake dust off for regualr cleanings.
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Old 06-16-2005, 02:49 PM   #5
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I've heard rave reviews about PB's new Wheel Sealant.
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Old 06-16-2005, 06:19 PM   #6
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I've heard rave reviews about PB's new Wheel Sealant.
They're all true, this stuff is great and it even smells like watermelon bubble gum.
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Old 06-16-2005, 11:19 PM   #7
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I use the WS and its pretty good, i'm not sure if its any better than any other sealant though.

I would NOT use a magic eraser on your wheels, those things are an abrasive.
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Old 06-16-2005, 11:31 PM   #8
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Looking for some cleaning products myself
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