How do you clean your alloy wheels ?

Discussion in 'Cars, cycling and transport' started by twofor1, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. twofor1

    twofor1 Frequent Poster

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    All sorts of pricey don’t work options in Halfords, Mick’s Garage etc.

    Particularly front wheels get black baked on brake dust I believe.

    Any simple economical way of dealing with this issue ?

    Thank’s.
     
  2. PaddyBloggit

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    Hot, soapy water & plenty of elbow grease.
     
  3. twofor1

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    Ah now Paddy, you either don’t have alloys or you have dirty alloys.

    Hot water & elbow grease alone will not deal with this issue.
     
  4. PaddyBloggit

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    Works for me twofor1.

    How bad are yours?
     
  5. twofor1

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    Noticeably bad on the front, a stiff brush with many different cleaners makes little impact, particularly in corners, steam / pressure washers not any better.

    A sharp metal implement will remove it, but I’m sure this is not the way to go.
     
  6. PaddyBloggit

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    What about trying Swarfega or some type of hand cleanser that removes oil?

    Use a soft sponge to work it in.
     
  7. vandriver

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    The internet suggests oven cleaner (and protective clothing/gloves).
     
  8. mathepac

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    Unless the veneer is peeling back and the bare metal has begun to corrode, warm, soapy car-shampoo in solution with water will remove brake-dust (black) / disc-rust (reddish-brown) from alloys. Use one of those little nylon brushes to remove the stubborn bits and use an old sponge as well (never use this sponge on car-body afterwards) Power-hose wheels before hand-wash and power-hose afterwards.

    Do not use acid-based cleaners, corrosive scrubs (pot-cleaners), CillitBang or other similar household solvents.

    Once cleaned, polish & shine wheels carefully with car-polish. Be careful of pads and discs.
     
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