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Old 01-20-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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are degreasers ok for wheels, tires, and wheel wells?

what is a safe cleaner to use on wheels, tires, and wheel wells? is there something out there that i need to watch out for? like greased lighting? i heard someone once tell me to be careful with certain degreasers. any inputs guys? simple green maybe????
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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Why do you want to use a degreaser ? Just use the car wash mix and a sponge
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:09 PM   #3
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car wash stuff not strong enough to loosen all that dirt and grime on tires and fender walls. for the wheels, i can see doing that.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:12 PM   #5
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Hmmm . Maybe invest in a pressure washer that should blast clean the wheel wells good .
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:18 PM   #6
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Simple Green or Purple Power, used both of those. Both worked fine on my wheels. They're chrome. Best results for fender wells is degreeser and dress them lightly once truck is dry. Best thing for tires?? Comet powder and water. AMAZING.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:26 PM   #7
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simple green or purple power? interesting......do you have to dress inner fender walls after using a degreaser?
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:58 PM   #8
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I put simple green on everything. No issues.
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Simple green should be pretty safe. We used it to clean the tiles around the pool I used to lifeguard at. So it would drain down in the water.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:33 PM   #11
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simple green wont dry out the rubber will it? make it look chalky and white?
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:37 PM   #12
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The stealerships around here use degreaser on those really stained wheels from brake pad erosion dust. It doesn't affect the tires and leave them with any negative wear or burn. It's when you use brake cleaner on rubber or plastic (unpainted) that destroys it.
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I use 409 on the tires.

Spray it on the tires when they are dry and let it sit for a few minutes (but don't let it dry). Scrub with a brush and some warm water.

If your tires are really dirty, you may have to do it a few times. Also, some 409 will inevitably get on the wheels. It strips the wax off, so be sure to rewax the wheels when you're done.
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:04 PM   #14
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in the owners manual it says to avoid using tire/wheel cleaners and stick to car-wash soap and water, ..perhaps a small brush and wash rag... i have one wash rag i use on the body of the vehicle, and separate one for the wheels...

keep in mind, degreasers strip wax (which is a grease), so if it gets on the painted areas or on the wheels, if you've waxed them, it will take off the wax..
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:34 PM   #15
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i dont mind if wax comes off the wheels, i just dont want them to be discolored or anything, you know.
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Carwash soap normally does the trick for me, but when it doesn't, I use Simple Green or Greased Lightning.
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:41 PM   #17
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looks like we got a winner : simple green
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Simple Green!

Ive been using it on my tires and wheel wells without any issues.

Just be sure to watch where you spray it, Simple green DOES strip wax!
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anyone else have a simple green success story?
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