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Old 11-22-2008, 12:18 PM   #1
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Default Motorized brush safe on the clearcoat for cleaning BBS brakedust?

I've read many posts on how to keep our BBS' clean from ps21 to eagle one to pressure washing etc.....

It's hard to get in the crevices for the baked in dust and was wondering if the sonic scrubber (Walmart $10, another $10 for 3 accessory pack including soft brush) is safe on the BBS' clearcoat coupled with a cleaner like Meguire's hot wheel cleaner. Will the standard brush be safe? OR do I have to use the optional soft brush.

The pic below shows it being used on an elise or something. So i'm hoping it's alright to use on the bbs. Thanks


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Old 11-23-2008, 03:36 AM   #2
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I use Purple Power degreaser/cleaner from Walmart. I use it on everything from under the hood, wheels, exhaust, to get bugs off paint, i just spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes (usually Ill spray the wheels and exhaust then wash the rest of the car !!!Unless it is hot out then it dries to fast and looks like crap!!! then I hose it off and wash the rest of the wheel with a mit. applying more purple power if needed. also this is in another thread of mine. I spray it directly on the wheel and the tire and it strips off the old nasty dirty tire shines and protectants then I re apply clean tire shine, it seems to last longer and looks better. and use a wash mit and for the hard to get areas i use a soft tooth brush and they come brand new clean. BUT!!! I must say from past experience if you have a anodized aluminum (my wife has a anodized red BOV from GFB) if it gets on there it leaves like white spots and they are impossible to get off so i just cover it with a plastic bag. Good luck hope i helped

Oh and I will answer your question for you too.... It should be fine to use the sonic scrubber the BBS wheels are tough and if i can handle a tooth brush it wil be fine. but look into both I think my way works out better for me and is cheaper than spending $10 on the scrubber plus money on the brushes and batterys. all I spend is 3-15 on purple power (normal sized spray bottle windex, black magic size for about $3 and I bought a 2 gallon refill jug for like $15 and it last forever. you can also dilute it but I always use it straight) and 1-3 for a toothbrush/detail brush
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:47 AM   #3
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I use Purple Power degreaser/cleaner from Walmart. I use it on everything from under the hood, wheels, exhaust, to get bugs off paint, i just spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes (usually Ill spray the wheels and exhaust then wash the rest of the car !!!Unless it is hot out then it dries to fast and looks like crap!!! then I hose it off and wash the rest of the wheel with a mit. applying more purple power if needed. also this is in another thread of mine. I spray it directly on the wheel and the tire and it strips off the old nasty dirty tire shines and protectants then I re apply clean tire shine, it seems to last longer and looks better. and use a wash mit and for the hard to get areas i use a soft tooth brush and they come brand new clean. BUT!!! I must say from past experience if you have a anodized aluminum (my wife has a anodized red BOV from GFB) if it gets on there it leaves like white spots and they are impossible to get off so i just cover it with a plastic bag. Good luck hope i helped

Oh and I will answer your question for you too.... It should be fine to use the sonic scrubber the BBS wheels are tough and if i can handle a tooth brush it wil be fine. but look into both I think my way works out better for me and is cheaper than spending $10 on the scrubber plus money on the brushes and batterys. all I spend is 3-15 on purple power (normal sized spray bottle windex, black magic size for about $3 and I bought a 2 gallon refill jug for like $15 and it last forever. you can also dilute it but I always use it straight) and 1-3 for a toothbrush/detail brush
I ended up opening up the package and using it. It works alright...if I could go back, I would've returned it. The lug nut adapter brush works well in that area where a toothbrush can't fit, otherwise a $2 toothbrush would do just fine. I will have to try out the Purple power some time, thanks.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:23 PM   #4
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There is no such thing as "hands free" wheel cleaning.
Forget all of the harsh chemicals.
Washing the car/wheels weekly, all I use is standard car soap and a small rag.
Works perfectly.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:55 PM   #5
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I take mine to the car wash and have someone else do it for me...
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:53 PM   #6
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i wash them 1x/week or 1x/2 weeks. the motorized brush head, since it's round, works very well in the corners where the brake dust builds up. I'm going to try to seal with poorboy wheel sealant this week to prevent the dust from sticking as much
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:56 PM   #7
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p21s is still the best.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:02 PM   #8
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When I had my STi, I used Griots garage wheel cleaner for my wheels, BBS approved.

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...C+35+ounces.do
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:08 PM   #9
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Hawk hps pads here almost no dusting, but i still take the wheels off to clean them. they stay cleaner longer if you do the back side and calipers.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:21 PM   #10
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p21s is still the best.
that's what i hear, but it's hard to come by (can't get it locally and $$), i use the eagle one stuff and it does the job. Maybe one day i'll try the p21s

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Hawk hps pads here almost no dusting, but i still take the wheels off to clean them. they stay cleaner longer if you do the back side and calipers.

I'm saving for hawk pads, cleaning them 1x/week is not fun
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:28 PM   #11
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that's what i hear, but it's hard to come by (can't get it locally and $$), i use the eagle one stuff and it does the job. Maybe one day i'll try the p21s




I'm saving for hawk pads, cleaning them 1x/week is not fun
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Old 01-17-2009, 12:35 PM   #12
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that's what i hear, but it's hard to come by (can't get it locally and $$), i use the eagle one stuff and it does the job. Maybe one day i'll try the p21s
do you have a harley davidson dealer near you? they sell it, just with the different name of p100 wheel gel.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:23 AM   #13
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do you have a harley davidson dealer near you? they sell it, just with the different name of p100 wheel gel.

that's what I heard. maybe i'll pick some up when I'm in Orlando, I think there's a store there. thanks
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