Challenger SRT Hellcat
car wash soap
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.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.
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.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.
Try the Sonax... You will love me for itI 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.
Honestly these wheels are no harder to clean than any other wheels.Anybody thought about clearing wheels to make it easier to clean I've asked my paint guy to look into it once I get my car
Remember that water alone cannot provide lubricity for the brake dust and road grime that gets stuck to the wheels; you will need something more than just water to safely carry those particles away without causing damage to the wheels over time. You'll start to notice scratches and hazing all over the finish pretty quickly if you're rubbing the wheels with a brush or cloth that only has water on it.I just use water.