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are degreasers ok for wheels, tires, and wheel wells?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by TacoTitan11, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. Jan 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM
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    TacoTitan11

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    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???? :confused:
     
  2. Jan 20, 2012 at 9:07 PM
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    Why do you want to use a degreaser ? Just use the car wash mix and a sponge
     
  3. Jan 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM
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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.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM
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    Hmmm . Maybe invest in a pressure washer that should blast clean the wheel wells good .
     
  6. Jan 20, 2012 at 9:18 PM
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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.
     
  7. Jan 20, 2012 at 9:26 PM
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    simple green or purple power? interesting......do you have to dress inner fender walls after using a degreaser?
     
  8. Jan 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM
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  9. Jan 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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    I put simple green on everything. No issues.
     
  10. Jan 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM
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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.
     
  11. Jan 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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    simple green wont dry out the rubber will it? make it look chalky and white?
     
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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.
     
  13. Jan 21, 2012 at 8:41 AM
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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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    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..
     
  15. Jan 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM
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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.
     
  17. Jan 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM
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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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    I use nothing but simple green and rinse very well.
     
  20. Jan 25, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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    anyone else have a simple green success story?
     
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