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What to clean the factory alloy wheel with

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by yellowgt5, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Aug 11, 2010 at 12:54 PM
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    yellowgt5

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    I have a 2006 perunner. It has the factory alloy wheels on it. They seem to be polished or something from the factory. What should I use to clean and get them shining? Thanks.
     
  2. Aug 11, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    Pugga

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    Wash and wax :notsure:
    There's polishes out there also but a good hand washing and waxing should make em look great!
     
  3. Aug 11, 2010 at 1:06 PM
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    Can you post a picture of them? Are they clearcoated or bare aluminum?
     
  4. Aug 11, 2010 at 1:16 PM
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    rb11701

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    Get some Super Clean by castrol (purple jug) at Walmart. Mix it 1 part degreaser to 4 parts water. Spray on whole tire. Use fender brush on tires and a boar's hair brush to scrub the wheels. Follow up with a cheap microfiber towel in all the tight areas. Dry off rim. Apple wax. Buff to a shine and dress your tires. if you want to get funky, spray some dressing on a rag and wipe the inside of your wheel well to make the look brand new.
     
  5. Aug 12, 2010 at 7:01 AM
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    Gooch

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    They are most likely clearcoated, so be careful.

    I use the same soap (baby shampoo) to clean my wheels as I do my paint. Use a good stiff brush and warm water to help get the grime off.
     
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    magic eraser....works like a charm
     
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    What would be the best way to clean some stock rims like these without buying special cleaning products:
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  8. Aug 30, 2010 at 5:49 PM
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    Gooch

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    Those are the same wheels I have. I haven't used anything but baby shampoo on mine in years, but you will probably need something more aggressive to get started.

    Use warm water and dish soap. Using a fairly stiff wheel brush will be extremely helpful.

    Scrub them over and over until they're clean and then wax them. They are clearcoated, so I don't recommend using anything abrasive.
     
  9. Aug 30, 2010 at 6:08 PM
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    jamesglynn

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    This is the same stuff I use, the Castrol Super Clean is a great product, I've been using it on alloy wheels for at least 6-7 years and it does nothing to harm the finish. The wheels on my wife's 05 Honda Accord still look like brand new, and I wash them this same exact way as described, every Saturday (rain or shine)!
    Good Luck!
     
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