Wheel cleaning

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  1. SRT_HC_707

    SRT_HC_707 SRT_HC_707 Staff Member

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    I stumbled onto this video by mistake a few minutes ago while looking at some other stuff.

    I use wheel brushes now but I thought this was a good idea. I may pick one of these up and give it a try.

    I would suggest wrapping the aluminum handle (shrink sleeve or tape) so you can to in and clean the barrel of the wheel without scratching the spokes.

    Nice car too. I'm guessing it is an SRT392 as the wheels look hyper black.

     
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    Carnage SRT Hellcat Supercharged Moderator Staff Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC Charter Member

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    Funny I use a leaf blower too when removing a lot of water
     
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    C. Charles Hahn Silver Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    That looks like a nice option; what I usually prefer are "Wheel Woolies;" I find them less likely to splatter like a bristled brush can, and the handles are plastic so you don't have to worry about them scratching at all. They come in three sizes, and they also make one with a curved handle so you can get the back side of the spokes without being a contortionist.

    Wheel Woolies Clean automobile wheels the most effective way

    Available from a number of detailing supply vendors.
     
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    SRT_HC_707 SRT_HC_707 Staff Member

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    Leaf blowers are excellent for drying your car. The less you touch the paint, the less chance you have to cause micro marring (scratches) on the finish.

    I have a Toro electric leaf blower that I use a lot myself just for this purpose... HellcatdotClub give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done :D
     
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    I like Wheel woolies too. This just looks like something worth trying. I just checked and these brushes are about $10. I'm going to get one just to try them out. Sometimes you find something like this that while not for this purpose turns out to be a great too.

    Worst case I'll clean up the cobwebs in my garage. Need to do that every once in a while anyway ;)
     
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    I would also highly recommend the Wheel Woolies. I have put mine through so much abuse and they are holding up great. Better than any other wheel brush I have ever used.
     
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    This is how i dry my car, the same way the Junkman does it!!!!!
     
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    Libmann made a glass washer that was sold at many retail stores. It had a sponge barrel with a rough head on the end of the barrel. I just cut off the end grit and left the sponge barrel alone. This setup will reach into the wheel and clean very well. Because of the internal handle in the sponge barrel, front calipers are a bear to clean around. This item may still be available and is great for any custom wheel.
     
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    i put ceramic paint coating on my wheels and calipers, they still get some dust on them but way easier to clean,
     

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    cleankat SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    I bought the Woolies and ironically have maybe used them twice....I just reach in the barrel of the wheel with a soaped up microfiber and either wipe the portion that was covered by the caliper later or roll the car a few feet if I'm feeling extra OCD. I don't really see the appeal of the woolies unless of course you have big hands and can't physically get behind the spokes.

    Blowing them dry is key though makes the process much easier and safer.
     
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    Don't you have your valet do this when you get to work?
     
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    DGatzby Gold Member Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member Midwest Regional Pres.

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    You you guys are going to hate this one, but with the smooth chrome, I turn up the pressure washer all the way, hit them hard and blow off all the dust and dirt, then get out the blower and most of time I just take some Harley Gloss and touch them up!

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    I am the valet.
     
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    My OE Satin Black wheels coated with Opticoat Pro and Chemical Guys Wheel guard are similar. I can hit them with a strong hose or pressure washer and get 90%+ of everything off. I still use products, brushes, clothes and swabs to further clean them because I like a clean wheel. I pulled one off the other day and the inside was as clean as the outside with no buildup anywhere. I was so proud of myself LOL ;)
     
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    I bought one these dusters the other day after seeing the video. It really works well and is worth the $12
     

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