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Old 03-12-2004, 08:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Some of you out there must clean your wheels with a pressure washer. My 18" MV spokes are rather time consuming to do by hand so I have thought of buying a washer to deal with them.

Can you tell me, does using a washer casue damage to the wheels and will it remove the muck as well as good old fashoined elbow grease?

Also, anyone had their 330 engine remapped by Superchips in the UK? Is it worth having it done? Of course it is if it makes a car faster but by how much is what i need to know!!!


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Using a pressure washer will help get some of the dirt off...but nothing beats using a cotton towel to get them clean. I know it's time consuming, but when you're done cleaning every spoke, the outcome makes it all worthwhile. Also, try putting some wax on the rim every now and then, repels the water a little bit and makes the rim look so much better. You could use a self-acting wheel cleaner, but I'm not so sure how it stands up to a BMW rim (ie: paint fading, discoloration, etc) Someone else would probably know.
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pressure washers are usaully ok for your rims, the ones at car washes are ok for paint so they should be ok for rims.
the ones you buy at your local hardware store can however be a little to powerfull (it depends on which one you get, powerwise).
beware of how and what you use it for.

a little off topic but those high pressure ones from the hardware stores, that you see advertised cleaning fences are actually very bad for your fence. haha
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i'm not surprised..

The damn thing probably rips a thin sheet of wood off the stupid fence. Not to mention all the water you're wasting...just paint the damn thing.
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