Whatever you do dont use steel wool! however fine...you'll just make a key for the next layer of dirt to get into.....Beachbunnies right you need a alloy wheel acid cleaner, always available in accessory shops, its a mild nemonic acid I beleive (at leats thats how I think you spell it LOL).
And once they are clean.....use a good wax polish on them, the slippier the surface the harder to get dirty.....at least that holds true for alloy wheels!
Originally posted by Casey3561@Mar 16 2005, 04:33 PM I thought acid was the absolute LAST thing you wanted to use on a rim.
It only sits for a minute... and I've never bought it myself, but I believe that it's made especially for this purpose. Spray it on, wait half a minute, take a scrub brush and wipe... Keep it away from your face and hold your breath! Rinse immediately.
I have the PERFECT stuff, its sometimes hard to find, but armoral's "Quicksilver 2" wheel degreaser is amazing!!!! make sure its in the aresol can, and not the spray pump, idk y its better, but the difference is night and day. Just read the label, because ive heard and can have weird effects on some wheels... but ive never had a problem.
PS- if its brake dust, you may want to look into so "low-dust" pads.
I wouldn't use steel wool or any acid based cleaning product. Both have potentially very hazardous results. I would recomend p21s wheel gel, the gel formula helps cling to surfaces that normally just have cleaning products run off them. Give the wheel a quick scrub and it should be shiny and new. If they still aren't clean you may want to clay bar the wheel to strip off any remaining contaminants. After that I would put some wheel sealant and tire shine on there to give it maximum shine and protection. Poorboy's World makes a good version of these products.
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You can try Eagle One A2Z cleaner (orange bottle). It is on the acid side of pH balanced, but is quite effective. You would not want to use it as a standard (read weekly) detailing product. Griot's is fantastic and approved for BBS rims. P21S is also very effective and pH balanced, I believe.
After cleaning, clay and then apply Klasse AIO. You could even put a layer or 2 of SG while you're at it and then future cleaning should be relatively painless.
DO NOT USE SIMPLE GREEN. That stuff is nasty and will potentially pit the clear coat on the rim.
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