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Wheel cleaner?

For the last couple of months now i've just been using megs gold class shampoo in a seperate bucket to the main wash and a seperate sponge i've cut down to size to clean the wheels. In the past i've used wonder wheels, turtle wax wheel cleaner kit and auto glym stuff. I have to say none them do a better job than just using shampoo.

But i'm thinking of trying a dedicated wheel cleaner again, so any recommendations other than auto glym as its crap. No better than water imo!
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I have never been a great fan of wheel cleaners. Most contain strong chemicals (many acids!) which ultimately ruin your mag wheels by pitting them.

The only one that I do use, and sparingly at that, is Sonax Wheel Cleaner. It smells terrible (a bit like grannie's hair perm lotion) but it works well on brake dust. A good indication of how strong a wheel cleaner is, is to read the instructions. If it says something like: "Do not leave on for more than 30 seconds"...avoid like the plague.

Sonax can be left on for 3 minutes or more. I don't however. I do one wheel at a time and rinse well before using conventional shampoo and a brush and sponge.
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If my wheels are realy grimey i use AG wheel cleaner or if im taking them off the car i use wonderwheels. My usaul process I wash my wheels with fairy liquid then I always use AG wheel wax after to seal them. worked for me for years
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The 159 tends to get the wheels very dirty! Cleaning the wheels is always a piece of work...
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i use comma's wheel cleaner, stinks mind, but gets caked on brake dust off a treat
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Degreasant or something similar is always a good thing I find. If you use a product like Gunk it leaves an oily film so easier cleaning next time.
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Fairy liquid is good (for alloys only!!) and a seperate bucket/sponge
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Thanks for the replies. Think i'll save myself some money and stick with the shampoo. have to admit, I have used fairy liquid (wheels only) if they are really filthy and it does leave them spotless. I tend to give them a spray down with AG wheel cleaner and a good rinse after though just to make sure i've got all the salt off the wheels from the fairy liquid.
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Aye! Hairy Liquid is salty so rinse it off well. Otherwise the car wash shampoo does the job.

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Bilberry Wheel Cleaner and a EZ Detail Brush......does the trick.....

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Thanks vee cee, i might try that stuff.
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I find the Autoglym wheel cleaner works really well. Spray it on, leave for a minute then wipe with a cloth, repeat if necessary then rinse well. Way better than any shampoo, detergent or other wheel cleaner I have tried. The only problem is it seems to be acid based and started removing the skin from my fingers last time, so gloves are essential.
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In the long run, it is far better to keep your wheels well waxed, and wash them regularly with car shampoo. Then these harsh cleaners are unnecessary.
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AG's custom wheel cleaner (or acid free in trade form) is excellent.

Their acid based stuff is good if the dust has been left on for ages.

Wear gloves with either mind you.
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Bilberry Wheel Cleaner and a EZ Detail Brush......does the trick.....

bilberry wheel cleaner
+1 acid free so does not damange your wheels, great stuff, try it, you wont get anything else
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