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Old 09-27-2010, 04:46 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning Wheels with Palmolive dish soap

I tried Mother's wheel cleaner and was rather disappointed with the results.

I tested Palmolive Green Apple dish soap on a small section of a front wheel. it wisked away the heavy brake dust and left the section sparkling gold (BBS wheels). It was almost too easy besides being inexpensive. The test section (one wheel opening) took about 10 seconds to clean.

Is there any reason I shouldn't used it? Are there any precautions?
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:12 PM   #2
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Most of that spray cleaner off the shelf product is more hype then anything IMO, i have tried mothers, megs, i prefer to just get down there with a brush and clean them, and with most wheel cleaners you will end up doing that anyway, save yourself a few bucks. I have sprayed my wheels down with simple green, and that breaks up some of the dirt and grime, but again, im still down thier with a brush. The only stuff i have not tried is Sonax, which alot of people swear by.........

I dont see why dish soap is bad, just keep it off your paint, or it will strip off any polish, wax etc you may have used to detail your car.......
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:44 PM   #3
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Most dish soap will be just fine for wheels and even the car. However, it strips off any protectants you may have on there. So, if you're anal like I am/was, clean with dish soap/water and throw a few coats of wax on the wheels to make future cleaning as easy as a water-only wipe down.
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:43 AM   #4
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Use to use sg religiously but I've been warned not to use it. It's really too bad because it did a great job
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:54 AM   #5
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If you want easy to clean wheels, you need to wax them. I haven't found that magic "spray on/spray off" cleaner.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:19 AM   #6
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Any recommendations for the really tough road tar spots? There are some that just refuse to budge with even soap/fingernail scraping/strongly worded emails.
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:23 AM   #7
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plastic razor blade, and 3m adhesive remover........... detailersdomain sells both.
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:40 AM   #8
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Any recommendations for the really tough road tar spots? There are some that just refuse to budge with even soap/fingernail scraping/strongly worded emails.
Didn't think to try emailing the tar....
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:42 AM   #9
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Any recommendations for the really tough road tar spots? There are some that just refuse to budge with even soap/fingernail scraping/strongly worded emails.
....bug & tar remover which is available at most auto part retailers in some form or another. I usually have a couple of cans of something like Stoners Tarminator on hand. ....relatively cheap, readily available and effective. I would use the B&T remover first to help loosen the contaminant before attempting to scrape it off (if it doesn't fall away by itself first).
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:35 PM   #10
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We use this stuff at work called Industrial Purple Cleaner and Degreaser. This stuff is ****ing amazing at taking off really nasty stuff. My friends mother had baked on brake dust on her Jeep's rims. I mean... baked on. This stuff wouldn't even come off with a wire brush. So, I brought some of this stuff over, sprayed on, walked away, and 80% of this stuff washed right off. It was undiluted of course, but if you do happen to find this stuff, I strongly suggest diluting it or wearing gloves and glasses when you use it. It got all over my hands when I used it once and a day later my skin started to peel off my hand like sunburn. And, it can be really harsh on finishes, so diluting it and being quick with spraying it off is key.


Here's an example. It's not on a car soo....




10 years of oil stains and set in dirt...




After one good spraying and a rinse.
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Old 10-01-2010, 09:53 AM   #11
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We use this stuff at work called Industrial Purple Cleaner and Degreaser. This stuff is ****ing amazing at taking off really nasty stuff. My friends mother had baked on brake dust on her Jeep's rims. I mean... baked on. This stuff wouldn't even come off with a wire brush. So, I brought some of this stuff over, sprayed on, walked away, and 80% of this stuff washed right off. It was undiluted of course, but if you do happen to find this stuff, I strongly suggest diluting it or wearing gloves and glasses when you use it. It got all over my hands when I used it once and a day later my skin started to peel off my hand like sunburn. And, it can be really harsh on finishes, so diluting it and being quick with spraying it off is key.


Here's an example. It's not on a car soo....




10 years of oil stains and set in dirt...




After one good spraying and a rinse.
Cheshire... is that a Zep-brand product? I've heard about this a couple times now for Aluminum "power cleaning". pic of the bottle/label?

on the OP, dish soap is AWESOME, just know it strips EVERYTHING that protects the surface. So wax, protectants, etc will be gone.

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Old 10-01-2010, 01:50 PM   #12
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Cheshire... is that a Zep-brand product? I've heard about this a couple times now for Aluminum "power cleaning". pic of the bottle/label?

on the OP, dish soap is AWESOME, just know it strips EVERYTHING that protects the surface. So wax, protectants, etc will be gone.

Rob

Yep, it's Zep brand stuff. I don't have a picture of the box. It's been destroyed over the few months. We bought the big bulk sized box that reminds of boxed wine...

As for aluminum, you have to be careful. If it's shiny, it'll ruin the finish if not diluted or left on there too long.
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:06 PM   #13
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Didn't think to try emailing the tar....
It works well for unwanted passengers, so why not road tar?
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:16 PM   #14
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We use this stuff at work called Industrial Purple Cleaner and Degreaser. This stuff is ****ing amazing at taking off really nasty stuff. My friends mother had baked on brake dust on her Jeep's rims. I mean... baked on. This stuff wouldn't even come off with a wire brush. So, I brought some of this stuff over, sprayed on, walked away, and 80% of this stuff washed right off. It was undiluted of course, but if you do happen to find this stuff, I strongly suggest diluting it or wearing gloves and glasses when you use it. It got all over my hands when I used it once and a day later my skin started to peel off my hand like sunburn. And, it can be really harsh on finishes, so diluting it and being quick with spraying it off is key.
Acid based cleaners will do that. Leave it on a wheel too long and you'll damage the clear on it, though.
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LOL Zep & clear coated finishes have NEVER been in the same sentence... for anyone considering most wheel cleaners, be careful of the wheel finish as well as your fender's paint, residual spray or splash can eat the paint on both....

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Old 10-03-2010, 11:37 PM   #16
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On occasion, I use laundry detergent in powder form. It seems to get most everything off my wheels relatively easy. I use a half scoop for each 5 gallons. Good thing is that its cheap and smells nice. I have no idea about damage to the wheels, seems like everything is still ok. I don't let it sit for long. Brush it on, agitate and hose it off.
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:22 PM   #17
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We have used and recommend P21s wheel gel.



We have found that the longer you leave it on the more work it does for you (P21s states that you can leave it on for up to two hours). In addition, we have found it to be very safe to use on just about any wheel.

We feel it works so well. It is the only wheel cleaner we stock.

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