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Help cleaning wheels.

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by JONNY TACO, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Mar 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM
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    JONNY TACO

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    What do you guys use to help clean the rims on a 2009 Tacoma. I have the 6 lug set up. I need something to clean betwen the thick " supports" .
     
  2. Mar 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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    I use a large soft brush with a no scrub wheel cleaner, works very well
     
  3. Mar 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM
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    if youre really picky,take off the wheel and clean it with the green scotch pad
     
  4. Mar 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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    Good idea, but too much work for me.
     
  5. Mar 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM
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    Nothing more than soap and water
     
  6. Mar 14, 2012 at 4:26 PM
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    Wheel brush and soap and water.

    Never mind... :cheers:
     
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    Like scratching the clear coat?
     
  8. Mar 14, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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    "Meguiars all wheel cleaner" (or similar) and a flexible wheel brush so you can clean the inside of the rim without taking the wheels off.
     
  9. Mar 14, 2012 at 11:20 PM
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  10. Mar 15, 2012 at 5:29 AM
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    thanks for the help
     
  11. Mar 15, 2012 at 5:51 AM
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    Yep, soap & water... I also wax my wheels and that makes for easy clean up.
     
  12. Mar 15, 2012 at 6:04 AM
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    Ditto.
     
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    sos pads on my old chrome rims still use them on my aluminum ones
     
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    Chrome is harder than steel and goes relatively unscathed from steel wool.

    Most aluminum wheels are clearcoated (acrylic-urethane paint) which will gradually be removed by using steel wool.

    If your aluminum wheels are simply polished aluminim and not clearcoated, steel wool doesn't do much harm except that they will not be as shiny as if they were polished with a high-quality polish.

    Clearcoated wheels should be treated just like body panels as far as cleaning and protection goes.
     
  15. Mar 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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    The sections where the grit layed is now rough to the touch and I can't seem to remove the grit.
     
  16. Mar 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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    You'll need a wheel cleaner to loosen that up.
     
  17. Mar 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM
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    OK any suggestions as to which works best?
     
  18. Mar 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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    LOL.
     
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    Tried it. It didn't remove the grit. That's why I asked again.
     
  20. Mar 15, 2012 at 7:18 PM
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    Any pics? I am wondering if your wheels may be pitted... PA is known for using harsh road salt that eats away the clear coat. Anytime I have used the Meguiars, it has removed everything pretty easily.

    In my State, they switched from road salt to something a little less harsh a few years back. It makes a big difference and still removes the ice from the roads.
     
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