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Old 09-24-2010, 06:49 PM   #1
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Default Safe cleaner for spray painted wheels

Just spray painted the lips of my rota's looking for a wheel cleaner that is safe on painted wheels. Don't want anything to harsh that will eat up the new paint or cause it to peel of or fade. Any good quality safe wheel cleaners for painted wheels out there?

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Old 09-24-2010, 09:39 PM   #2
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The most cost effective and safest solution for you, especially if you are planning on cleaning them on a regular basis is simply car shampoo of your choice and some good brushes or a dedicated wheel-only mitt. Regular cleanings(weekly, bi-weekly etc...) really don't warrant the use of wheel cleaners and really its not cost effective otherwise.

You can make them even easier to clean by applying a durable paint sealant like FK1000P(a favorite of many) or your regular wax to make the dust easier to clean off. It really easy enough with just shampoo but something like 1000P adds some very durable protection.

For example our regular customers, we typically detail a few times a year and may or may not seal the wheels, but for cars that we see on a regular basis we don't even use a wheel cleaner because its not needed and its better for the wheel and the wallet in the long run to just use a shampoo.

A way to do this and not waste anything, is to keep your wheels ONLY bucket, and empty your leftover car soap(following your 2 bucket wash)into the wheels only bucket and just save it for the next time. This way you don't have to dump batch after batch and you know your shampoo is already clean from your 2 bucket body wash anyway
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:52 PM   #3
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just use quik detailer. works really well if your trying to clean it weekly.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:51 AM   #4
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i just use detail spray on my wheels and i works like a charm.
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:16 AM   #5
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has anyone used sonax on painted wheels?
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:27 AM   #6
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I like P21S Wheel Gel Cleaner for my painted wheels. Most of the time I'll just use carwash soap tho. I recently started try Sonax, but haven't used it enough to tell you if it's safe for rattle canned wheels.
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:09 PM   #7
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regular car soap works great on a DD........ its going to get dirty and your going to wash on a regular basis, maybe some wheel wax. You can get into all the fancy cleaners, but you will still have to ajitate using a brush. Simple green works too.....

if your are real anal about it, take the wheels off every so often and clean them that way for a deep cleaning.

Im all for expensive good quality polishes, sealants etc, but for the wheels, even when I had a set of RAYS A/X i just used the above methods and they worked wonderfull.

get a good dedicated wheel brush and mit, and use warm soapy dish soap if you are not going to wax or seal the paint.....

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