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Autoglym Clean Wheels

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Ive just bought some Autoglym stuff for my car including some Clean Wheels.

On the back it says "Only use on lacquered alloys."

Are the 17' GT wheels lacquered alloys? Can I use this stuff?
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no sure buddy but go easy on wheel cleaners - they are tough stuff and can cause damage

ruse little (if you must) and rinse off ASAP

one at a time
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Thanks Bob, will just stick to the shampoo then!

How can cleaning a car be so complicated?
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Yes the standard wheels are lacquered. I personally would'nt use Clean Wheels, it's an acidic-based formula and will damage wheels over a period of time.
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Re: Autoglym Clean Wheels

I use the AG non acid trade wheel cleaner. I think it's called Custom Wheel Cleaner in retail form
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Thanks Guys
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Autoglym has nicely screwed my wheels up Body work polish is superb but I won't use their wheel cleaner any more.
 
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Re: Autoglym Clean Wheels

I wouldn't use ANY wheel cleaner period!

Wash and wax your wheels and keep them clean and there is no necessity to use any of these products. They are all either Acidic or alkaline.

Even better apply a product like Poorboys Wheel Sealant, a dedicated wax sealant for alloys.
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The Custom Wheel Cleaner is the better/safer AG one yes, but if your carefull and keep your wheels washed well and polished/waxed now and again it will be fine to use the one you've got with care as has been previously mentioned....spray on and rinse off quite quickly before shampooing car.
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Get some Mer on your wheels
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Re: Autoglym Clean Wheels

Don't get Clean Wheels anywhere near your wheel bolts, either, it rusts them.

I use Wonder Wheels VERY sparingly and infrequently for the odd really stubborn stain.
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When I had by Horseshoes Refurbed by Laptab in Brum they told me to simply wash the wheels weekly with a bucketfull of hot water with fairy liquid in. No need for any 'cleaners' other than that.......
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Re: Autoglym Clean Wheels

A house plant sprayer with washing-up liquid in solution (I like the lemony type) , squirt , leave , clean with small sponge/toothbush in the tricky bits , rinse & dry...job's a goodun.


And when you've finished , could you pop round & do mine , please ?
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Re: Autoglym Clean Wheels

If you use washing up liquid you will have no wax protection on your wheels. The dirt and brake dust will therefore adhere even better, be more and more difficult to remove, and you are in a vicious circle of them always looking dirty. Thats when people start using harsh wheel cleaners which pit the alloys, the brake dust goes into the little holes and so the situation gets even worse.

Why treat your wheels any different from your paintwork?

Would you wash your car with "fairy liquid"?

Alloys are painted and clearcoated. They should be washed, clayed if necessary and then waxed. Then all you have to do from then on is wash them every time you wash your car.
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If you use washing up liquid you will have no wax protection on your wheels. The dirt and brake dust will therefore adhere even better, be more and more difficult to remove, and you are in a vicious circle of them always looking dirty. Thats when people start using harsh wheel cleaners which pit the alloys, the brake dust goes into the little holes and so the situation gets even worse.

Why treat your wheels any different from your paintwork?

Would you wash your car with "fairy liquid"?

Alloys are painted and clearcoated. They should be washed, clayed if necessary and then waxed. Then all you have to do from then on is wash them every time you wash your car.
Sorry , coffee hasn't quite kicked-in yet !

Typical solution is about the same as you would use to do the dishes , the "leave" time is how long it takes to squirt the other 3 , and whenever I wax the paintwork , I wax the wheels...
In fact , I seem to have left out more than i posted , really !!

Anyways , the point is , this is the method that I was shown some 20-25 years ago , and I have used it on every car , motorbike & wheelbarrow since.
So I guess I owe the subseqent owners an apology for their carp wheels , don't I ?

Che cosa che il suono strano ? Dovrei smettere ?
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Do it weekly and theres no problem
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Oh , I've done much worse things than that...

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I wash weekly.... sorry I wash the car weekly. And Every now and again use AG SRP followed by megs Gold class on the alloys and they hold up well.

Usually the weekly wipe withthe sponge gets them clean
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Re: Autoglym Clean Wheels

If you're using the wheel cleaner regularly, autoglym recommend diluting it 50/50 rather than neat, hope this helps too!
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Don't use wheel cleaner, repeat, don't use wheel cleaner!!
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Re: Autoglym Clean Wheels

Agree with springbok. Just wax wheels every now and again and they will be fine.I used wheel cleaner on my old car just once, and they went dull. They never looked the same again.
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Re: Autoglym Clean Wheels

There are plenty available that wont harm well maintained wheels in the slightest if used correctly, I've never had any problems on various cars and wheels over many years. And i dont even polish or wax very often.
I dont use it all the time but I will if wheels very dirty, just never leave on too long and always wash with good shampoo and dry them with a detailing spray....that keeps them slick enough.
That was a good tip about mixing with water with some cleaners like the mentioned AG one though.
Anyway try specialist car cleaning product suppliers websites for safe cleaners.

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Re: Autoglym Clean Wheels

Just reading all the above.. We produce a wheel Cleaner and no I am not going to advertise it on here.... But my point is that if you use a wheel cleaner that contains acid then you should always neutralise the wheels after. Its easy to do just add a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to a bucket of clean water and wash your wheels down. Then you wont have any long term damage. I hope this helps
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Just reading all the above.. We produce a wheel Cleaner and no I am not going to advertise it on here.... But my point is that if you use a wheel cleaner that contains acid then you should always neutralise the wheels after. Its easy to do just add a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to a bucket of clean water and wash your wheels down. Then you wont have any long term damage. I hope this helps
or to save all the hassle of doing the above , don't use wheel cleaner !

fairy liquid ??? all this will do is strip any protection they have and give the brake dust a nice surface to adhere too,making them harder to clean.

just wash them and treat like your paintwork , clay, paint clean , and seal or wax job done ! no messing about, just wash as the dust will just come off with a normal wash.
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Re: Autoglym Clean Wheels

there are a couple of professional products out there that are made from citric acids an are designed not to harm alloy wheel weather you can buy them in the shops is another question i live in Australia an the 2 companys i use for my detailing product are omikron an autosmart which is a English company....ok ive just looked at Autosmarts web an the product which i recommend which is a non acid clearer would be either G101 or Hazesafe these products can be diluted this said i have use both straight with no problems
the Hazesafe is also good for the body but you will need to wax after it as it will leave you with a bare unprotected surface
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