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windflowers
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:28 pm    Post subject: Wheel cleaners Reply with quote

Can anyone recommend an effective wheel cleaner? I've read quite a few reviews and they're varied. Also, as a 'wheel protector' I have tried Autoglym but it seems to be about as useful as a bugle player on a stealth mission.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An area of car detailing which has a multitude of opinions, but from my experience, Bilt Hamber auto wheels to get that initial clean. A little smelly though. Surprised

Seal with Gtechniq C5 wheel armour. Brake dust and dirt just slide off with normal washing. Had mine on for 3 years and wheels look as good as new after every wash. Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must have tried just about everything over the last 20 years, bilberry, autoglym, etc etc.

Now I just use Virosol. 5ltrs for £7. Dilute it down and it lasts for years.

https://www.citrus-cleaning-supplies.co.uk/products/Chemicals/Housekeeping/Virosol+Citrus+Cleaner+Degreaser+x+5+ltr/871144408?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl7iBob2P2AIVp7DtCh2DSAT8EAQYAiABEgKKe_D_BwE


I've used poorboys wheel sealant before and collinite wax and things seem ok.
At the end of the day though, wheels get brake dusty and no magic potion will stop that.
As long as they're in good condition they should clean up with hot soapy water no problem. The polishes and coatings may make it marginally easier.

I avoid Gtecniq like the plague since I used the C4 plastic and trim stuff on my wife's brand new Abarth and it wrecked certain parts. You always get the "you must have applied it incorrectly" response from Gtecniq HQ too.
Poor results and poor after sales.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Warm water and suds has never let me down week after week. Dont know

Never understood people's inability to clean their wheels and get good results.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bilt Hamber Auto Wheel, if they're bad. But like Alex says, keep on top of them and soap and water should be good enough.

Wheel Woolies.

FK1000p to seal.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
Warm water and suds has never let me down week after week. Dont know

Never understood people's inability to clean their wheels and get good results.


...... ^^ that .......
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I totally agree with warm water and a double dose of good 'wash n wax' once or twice a week giving great results, in fact a guy who was stopped beside me at traffic lights a couple of weeks ago was agog when I assured him my wheels were not actually new but 10 years old thumbsup

Whenever I get a new set of wheels to deal with I always get them off the car and wash them with warm water and suds then I treat the more reluctant or detailed areas with machine cleaner (Autoglym). Then I use Autoglym polish a couple of times to lift any remaining tar/dust etc. Finally a couple of coats of Rimwax to finish.
Then it is down to regular bi weekly washing and a 3 monthly Autoglym polish and Rimwax finish..... good as new every time!

I used to work with a guy whose mantra I have adopted. He used to say that if you don't let your car get dirty it will never be hard to keep clean. He ran a very successful rally team and his cars were alway stunning. So that's what I do now, clean them before they start to show signs of grime. If you do just that normal everyday car products will give brilliant results every time. bye
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That advice works with everything in life, including your teeth.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have used Wonder Wheels as it came top in the Auto Car wheel cleaner review some years ago. Effective on the wheels but played havoc with the coloured when crests. Too harsh so steer clear.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bilt Hamber if they are very grubby, elbow grease in between. Wheel woolies are a godsend, the larger diameter ones are great for cleaning the wheel arch liners too.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A really good clean then degrease with Gyeon Q2M prep and then seal with Gyeon Q2 quartz coating, last for bloody ages and is exceedingly hydrophobic and mega easy to clean.

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/alloy-wheel-sealants/gyeon-q2-rim-coating/prod_1609.html
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gyeon Q2M? £25! Just looked at it and according to the review you have to wear a respirator and special gloves to apply it. Bloody hell Surprised !

Thanks but I'll stick with the usual soap and water for now, although it does occur to me to apply Rain-X afterwards to repel gunge and water.

Peterzoom, I agree about keeping the car dirt-free - I keep mine sparkling. It's just the wheels that need frequent attention.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GARY S wrote:
Have used Wonder Wheels as it came top in the Auto Car wheel cleaner review some years ago. Effective on the wheels but played havoc with the coloured when crests. Too harsh so steer clear.


This stuff stripped ALL the finish of the wheels on a Mk3 golf I had once , Mrs T called me in for something ( ?? ) then by the time I returned .... all off..... Never use this on your wheels ..

I like Bilt Hammer on the wheels , but never leave it on for long ......

How is it my elderly lady neighbor always thinks its a good time to come over for a chat when she sees me washing my car ... that's THE worst time possible !!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

911TEL wrote:


How is it my elderly lady neighbor always thinks its a good time to come over for a chat when she sees me washing my car ... that's THE worst time possible !!!!!!!



I have the same problem washing mine. I just don't get it Confused



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
I have the same problem washing mine. I just don't get it Confused



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Planet Polish Wheel Seal worked a treat, but it is a faff to remove and clean the wheels properly, and then apply it.

I had the rims on the 911 ceramic coated, along with the rest of the car (including the calipers) and they seem to wash very easily with ordinary car shampoo. Grin
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cone on Alex....I know that's not you.....You have fair hair.... Grin
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

911TEL wrote:
How is it my elderly lady neighbor always thinks its a good time to come over for a chat when she sees me washing my car ... that's THE worst time possible !!!!!!!

Is she hot in a Mary Berry sort of way Question
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having black gloss wheels its murder keeping them clean. Driving in the UK it's soul destroying.
Gtechniq wheel armour is good, easy to apply.
Regular washing is the key for me, spray with Virosol and then soapy water and wheel woolies. No other brushes as they will scratch gloss, even the great EZE detail brush.
Best way to learn how to clean wheels is have gloss black. You have to clean them or you wasted a grand and the car looks like s**t.
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