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Old 11-17-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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Cleaning Black Wheels

I used Simple Green to spray (heavily) inside the wheels where the brake dust was really thick. It sat for about 2 or 3 minutes and then I hosed it off then repeated it. Worked great getting all the brake dust off.
Anyone find something else that works well? I could still use something better for the outside of the wheel in between the full cleanings.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:03 PM   #2
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Are the ZL1 wheels clear coated? If so, you'll want to treat them like you do your paint. There are places where you can get good product to keep them clean. I would suggest Adam's Green Wheel cleaner. It works wonders.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:11 PM   #3
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Are the ZL1 wheels clear coated? If so, you'll want to treat them like you do your paint. There are places where you can get good product to keep them clean. I would suggest Adam's Green Wheel cleaner. It works wonders.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:05 PM   #4
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I wouldn't use Simple Green on the clear coated wheels. I use a set of Wheel Woolies with same shampoo I use on the paint. They allow you to clean behind the spokes and in between the spokes, behind the brake caliper, as well as inside and outside rims.

They make a set of three Wheel Woolies that come in different sizes and it takes all three sizes to clean the polished ZL1 wheels and they work great. Awesome product highly recommended.

You can get them at Adams or any good detailing store on line.

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Old 11-18-2012, 01:09 PM   #5
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And company called Swissvax makes a good wheel wax to prevent dust build up.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:06 PM   #6
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I used Simple Green to spray (heavily) inside the wheels where the brake dust was really thick. It sat for about 2 or 3 minutes and then I hosed it off then repeated it. Worked great getting all the brake dust off.
Anyone find something else that works well? I could still use something better for the outside of the wheel in between the full cleanings.
I've used Simple Green as we'll and works fine. I just dilute the strength with water, 1/4 Simple Green to 3/4 water, Then wax them.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:48 PM   #7
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Pig Spit works great for in between cleanings. Takes break dust off, shines them up and actually repels dust pretty well also.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:50 PM   #8
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I use Mother's all wheel cleaner and it works great. I used it on my 2010 SS with the polished wheels and it worked great on them too. Just spray on all of them even on the inside and rinse off,. Works even better if you have a pressure washer, I use just a small one and that way I can clean up under the fenderwells also.
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Personally I have used Meguiars spray quick wax after just cleaning the wheels, it keeps them nice and shiny and is an easy way to wax the wheels
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...break dust is a major issue after a relatively short amount of time operating the car....no doubt....it's a hassle. I'm staying away from cleaners that can etch and compromise the paint surface since it's not anything durable or resilient to defend against potentially harsh chemicals no matter what the consumer thinks or manufacturer suggests over time. Simple green is still a strong agent no matter how much you cut it...
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:19 AM   #11
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Are the ZL1 wheels clear coated? If so, you'll want to treat them like you do your paint. There are places where you can get good product to keep them clean. I would suggest Adam's Green Wheel cleaner. It works wonders.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:24 AM   #12
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I have always used eagle one wheel cleaner. I use it sparingly and on wet cool wheels. I have used it on my 95 z28 and they are still perfect.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:02 AM   #13
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I took mine off when I first got the car and put a few coats of Zaino on them. It at least keep the dust from sticking.

Whenever I have the car on the lift (oil change or anything else). I take the wheels off, clean them good and put another coat on.

It's impossible to really keep them clean all the time.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:22 AM   #14
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Your best bet on wheels is just to use soap and water. Anything else, over time, could result in damage to the finish.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:53 PM   #15
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Your best bet on wheels is just to use soap and water. Anything else, over time, could result in damage to the finish.


I used to detail cars a long time ago. Any cleaning agent will and can cause corrosion of the paint even clear coated polished wheels as well as chrome wheels over continued use of the product. Car wash soap which is safe enough for your paint is safe enough for the wheels. Most people use the cleaning agents to save time and use less effort. Not much more effort to just use soap and water.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:21 PM   #16
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I use an old meguiars empty wheel cleaner spray bottle. Clean it out and then add new fresh water with your favorite car washing detergent. That is my wheel cleaner along with a bucket of water with my car wash detergent in it.

The reason why I like the old meguiars bottle, is it foams out the spray with my detergent just like the wheel cleaners.

I am personally afraid of long term use of anything but a car wash detergent.

Don't use dishwasher detergent as that will strip any wax.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:24 PM   #17
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Sonax wheel cleaner works great too.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:58 PM   #18
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Meguiare's Black Detail Spray 3 times a weeks with gloves on, sleeves rolled up and on your knees(!)seems to be the best answer. That's for 30 miles per day. No, there is nothing easier if they are going to be dust free. Other option is to let them dust over which creates a contrast to a very clean car.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:45 AM   #19
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Dawn dish soap and a bucket of warm water. I also use a soft wheel brush to get in between the wheels.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:13 AM   #20
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I used Simple Green a couple of times on my polished wheels but have since gone back to soap and water. I think it's too harsh and doesn't remove the gunk without scrubbing. A soft wheel brush that will reach through the spokes to the rear of the wheel really makes it pretty easy.
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