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Help Alloy wheel cleaner

I am about to give me alfa wheels their 1st good wash, they are 19" Brera S grey alloys. I normally use wonder wheels as it always gives me a great result and is recommended by Auto Express however, with the alloys on the Brera being "grey" I was wondering if it would be too agressive and damage the alloys.

What does everybody else use for smilar alloys!
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Just use soapy water. Alloy wheel cleaners are all harsh. Seal them after with an alloy wheel sealer. Stops brake dust binding to them and makes for easy cleaning in the future....
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Use a microfiber cloth with soapy water, and keep them polished/sealed.

I have diamond cut wheels on the Benz and use water only on them, not even soap!
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Wonder wheels is good because it is acidic. Leave it on for too long, or use it too much and it can dull your wheels.

If cleaned regularly, normal car shampoo should work. If you need something more substantial, then try to use the non acidic cleaners and even then don't leave the alkaline cleaners on for too long.
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As others have said, careful with the acidic products, Wonder Wheels especially can be a killer on any alloys with defects etc.

Personally, I use an All Purpose Cleaner product... spray on, aggitage with brush, and rinse off. This is after I have sealed the wheels with something like Poorboys Wheel Sealant. This just helps to stop brake dust and other contaminants bonding to the alloy.

Regular cleaning is key with alloys.
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The best wheel cleaner by miles is Bilberry. Can be bought here:

Valet Pro - Bilberry Wheel Cleaner (5 Litre) - Clean Your Car

This stuff is non-acidic, non-corrosive, incredibly effective and really economical. It won't corrode wheel bolts, won't damage the finish on your wheels and won't eat into the alloy if the finish is already damaged in any way. For normal use, you dilute it 1:1 with water so you get 10 litres for £25! All you need is a spray bottle and a soft-ish brush to work it in. Leave a couple of minutes and rinse off.

I can't recommend it highly enough. There are equally-glowing recommendations in all the reviews on the Clean Your Car site and within their forums.

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Anything but wonder wheels (its ok for cleaning paving stones) Bilberry, Meguiars stuff or just soap and water, as said key is to seal them to making future cleaning easier.
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I find the easiest way to clean our 8 wheels, (4 x 18" horse shoes + 4 x 17" diamond spoke) is to use a pressure washer, its easier and just blasts the brake dust and road dirt off.
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