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      09-21-2014, 09:12 AM   #1
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Cleaning Wheels

I just bought a set of used wheels and they are very dirty with a lot of break dust that is hard to remove. I tried cleaning them with just soap and water but still dirty. What do you guys recommend?
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Invest in some good wheel brushes (wheel woolies or Speedmaster).

Chemicals from least to most aggressive.

1. Meguiars Non-Acid Wheel & Tire Cleaner D-14301.

2. Carpro Trix or Iron X

3. SONAX Wheel Cleaner PLUS

4. Meguiars D140 Wheel Brightener
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Invest in some good wheel brushes (wheel woolies or Speedmaster).

Chemicals from least to most aggressive.

1. Meguiars Non-Acid Wheel & Tire Cleaner D-14301.

2. Carpro Trix or Iron X

3. SONAX Wheel Cleaner PLUS

4. Meguiars D140 Wheel Brightener
Great recommendation, although based on what was said in the original post I'd recommend IronX immediately and Sonax Wheel Cleaner plus to try and get off as much of the buildup as possible. Any photos of the wheels?

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Great recommendation, although based on what was said in the original post I'd recommend IronX immediately and Sonax Wheel Cleaner plus to try and get off as much of the buildup as possible. Any photos of the wheels?

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Thanks guys for the recommendation, i will take pictures and post then when I get home from work.
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Here are the picture, sorry its iphone pictures
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You could try tarminator on the inner wheels if you want to try something you can pick up locally.

Otherwise, Iron-X is a great choice. Let it sit for a while and you'll be surprised with what it can remove and break down.
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lacquer thinner should do the trick.
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elbow grease/clay.

When you are done, be sure to protect them with something like Poor Boy's Wheel Wax. I prefer that one because of the watermelon-y smell
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Iron x, sonax, or any other cleaner that converts the iron/brakedust will be what you want and a really good set of brushes and elbow grease

Go to the autogeek website and pick which ever is cheapest (cause they are pretty much the same) and buy it!
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Thanks guys for all the suggestions, i just recently got the wheels repaired and powder coated. Will post pictures when i get them.

edit: picture from the shop that did the powder coating still needs to be clear coated
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Well that's definitely the best way to "clean" them . Looks good!

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Well that's definitely the best way to "clean" them . Looks good!

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Lol...thanks bro
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If they don't wax them for you, now is the BEST time to do so to help down the road.
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