Safe wheel cleaner?

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  1. dodgeboy

    dodgeboy Silver Member

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    So these are the first painted wheels I've ever owned. Most wheel cleaners say safe for chrome, or aluminum. A few say "all", but I'm always skeptical of those claims. So for those of you that have had your cat for long enough to wash the wheels a few times, what have you been using? Is it effective, and did it damage the paint/coating at all?

    I'm very familiar with the dust the Brembos can produce, so I expect that any of you that have had your car for more than a month are already experts at this. Since I just picked mine up on Monday, I haven't cleaned the wheels yet. I'm not necessarily looking for something to repel/reduce the brake dust. Just a safe cleaner for the wheels. I've used Eagle1 stuff in the past, and always been happy with it.
     
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    car wash soap
     
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    I guess that makes sense, since they are painted. I really hope there's a product out there that will get a little more aggressive to help remove the brake dust, though.
     
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    The paint is thin on these rims, I would not recommend anything too harsh. I think HCone is spot on - car wash soap. I've use a some Dawn in a separate bucket for just the rims.

    Also recommend you consider swapping the brake pads to the Power Stop Z23 - really cuts back on the dust.
     
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    The "flyer" that was attached to your driver's side visor advises to use basic soap on these wheels.
     
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    We use the Meguiars in the pink bottle on ours.
     
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    I didn't get a flyer on my driver side visor. What else did it say?
     
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    Good advice. Thanks. I had considered the power stop pads, but I really wanted to experience the full power of these brakes. I swapped to ceramics on my 06 SRT8 and the stopping power was reduced (significantly, in the rain). Since I'm over 500 miles already, it's probably a little late to swap pads now, since they are bedded in. I'll probably deal with it until the pads chew up the rotors like they did on my 06, and then go ceramic.
     
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    Power Stop comes with a break-in process to set the pads....500 miles is nothing, you aren't likely to have polished the rotors to the point you can't bed new pads...your call, just get ready to clean those rims a lot :)
     
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    I have tried several cleaners and, like some have said, the coating is thin on the wheels so it is a risk after many uses. I have found that the only thing that really works is just soap, water and elbow grease. Everything else just leaves this nasty smear mess on the wheels that you have to wash off anyway. I just wash my wheels really well, dry them off and then apply a wax cleaner. Best thing yet.:)
     
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    Dr. Beasley Products makes a cleaner & a protector for matte wheels. I have see it discussed on a detailing forum. I plan to try it soon. Has anyone on this forum tried it ?
     
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    Soap and water is what Dodge recommends. Unless you are religious about cleaning your wheels this really doesn't cut it in my opinion.

    I use and highly recommend Sonax Full Effect wheel cleaner. If you have never tried it the stuff will blow your mind. It's PH balanced, wont hurt your wheels (already been tested on my Hellcat wheels). It chemically bonds to and dissolves the iron on the rims from the break dust.

    This is very similar to Iron X for paint but it is a gel formula. It's not cheap (I buy 5 liter jugs of it) but it's excellent.

    It's supposed to be lemon scented but like Iron X it smells like a woman getting a perm in a porta-potty the night after she won a burrito eating contest. Smells nasty but man will it make your wheels CLEAN.

    Many places sell this stuff. Here is some from Amazon

    Amazon.com Sonax 230500 Wheel Cleaner Full Effect Refill - 169 fl. oz. Automotive

    or

    Amazon.com Sonax 230200-755 Wheel Cleaner Full Effect - 16.9 fl. oz. Automotive

    I would also recommend some quality wheel brushes to get in between the spokes and to get the barrels clean. Finally some microfiber clothes to clean the back side of the spokes. I use my old micro fiber towels for the wheels and after I clean all four wheels I throw the towel out! I don't want that stuff coming out in the wash and getting deposited in towels I used on the paint.
     
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    Try the Sonax... You will love me for it ;)
     
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    C. Charles Hahn Silver Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    I second the suggestion of Sonax; a similar alternative would be 1Z Colourtec which I find to react/dissolve brake dust slightly faster.

    As far as brushes/tools I'd recommend looking into some Wheel Woolies; they have multiple size options as well as one with a curved handle to get the back side of spokes/etc.
     
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