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Old 11-06-2014, 09:41 AM   #1
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Is it OCD to remove the wheels to clean them?

I bought my car with 10,000 miles. It was well cared for and had the usual inch thick tire crap on it from the dealer or previous owner. Behind the wheels and wheel wells seem about average for a one year old car. Is pulling each wheel to thoroughly clean and detail the backsides and wheel wells overkill? It's not a daily driver. Any opinions or recommendations on products, methods or tools would be greatly appreciated. I had to clean each tire 4-6 times with goo gone just to get the thick layer of tire shine slop they put on it.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:49 AM   #2
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Yes, that is a little OCD, if you do that every time, at least for a DD.
But you said it's not a DD, so maybe more of a show piece, then it just means that you really love your 'Maro
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:19 AM   #3
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Who cares about what anyone says about what you do to YOUR car. I think its good to do every once and a while.
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:29 AM   #5
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It was really to settle a bet with my wife. The car is a garage queen that will eventually be modified and drag raced a few times a year so one good cleaning in there will last for a very long time.
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:36 AM   #6
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OCD, but who cares. Its your car, and your time, so if you want to do it, go for it.

In terms of washing, when I had chrome wheels, I do a nice powerwash, then take a microfiber cloth to it, and then a polishing compound. Now I have black plastidip on my wheels, so I can just wipe it off with a damp cloth, or peel and reapply if its really dirty.
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:18 PM   #7
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Yes its OCD, but most of us here on the forum have some form of "Obsessive Camaro Disorder" so I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:31 PM   #8
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my question is when will you put the car on a lift or jack stands so you can wash the undercarriage? then you will be OCD if my drive way wasn't in a steep incline I probably be there right with you... LOL
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:08 PM   #9
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Funny you said that about the undercarriage. When my headers are going on in a few weeks at my friends shop I have my undercarriage detailing materials to go along with me. I will spend the better part of the day cleaning and detailing the undercarriage while he's breaking his ass installing the headers lolol.
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:08 PM   #10
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:19 PM   #11
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yes, this all sounds a little OCD
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:28 PM   #12
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I've done it a few times... but yeah, I'm OCD about clean. It's a never ending battle of brake dust though.
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I pull and detail the wheels when I polish and wax the car every 3-4 months. Just part of a complete detail IMO.

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I do it to clean and detail the suspension and fender liners as much as to clean the backs of the wheels. If you're gonna detail, might as well detail everything. If you've never removed them before you'll be amazed how much dirt you can never get to unless the wheels are off. It also gives you a chance to detail and wipe out the backs of the wheels and tires while they're off. I also make a point to stick my hands between the spokes with a towel and some detail spray to wipe out the dust from my liners and wheels (while on the car of course)every time I get home, if not sooner. Doesn't take that much effort to keep 'em clean if you do it often. I hate dusty wheels and dirty inner fenders!
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:06 PM   #15
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I qualify as OCD, lol.

I wash my car every week and even though I don't actually take the wheels off, I will jack up the car on every corner so I can freely spin the wheels for easy access, otherwise the calipers don't get completely clean. I do this every week.
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Old 11-07-2014, 03:03 PM   #16
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I bought my car with 10,000 miles. It was well cared for and had the usual inch thick tire crap on it from the dealer or previous owner. Behind the wheels and wheel wells seem about average for a one year old car. Is pulling each wheel to thoroughly clean and detail the backsides and wheel wells overkill? It's not a daily driver. Any opinions or recommendations on products, methods or tools would be greatly appreciated. I had to clean each tire 4-6 times with goo gone just to get the thick layer of tire shine slop they put on it.
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Invest in some dedicated wash media. I love wheel woollies and Adams Wash pads. I used a seperate wash bucket with a grit guard just for wheels.

For your first total OCD deacon I would recommend purchasing some Sonax Wheel cleaner I find it superior to other cleaners when attempting to remove all imbedded contaminants.

Spray this on Dry cold to the touch wheels.
Let it dwell and agitate it with a decent boars hair brush of your choice (Montana makes several that I love).
After fronts and backs are done rinse extremely well.

This next step may be over kill but if you are going this far lets knock the cover off the ball.

Buy a large bottle of TRIX from carpro.

Same process as the Sonax with the TRIX but this will insure that all the iron and tar is removed from your wheels.

Now clay the wheels.

Then rewash with dawn or some APC.

Inspect.

If they have imperfections or scratches then polish them I like Megs M205 with a micro fiber applicator for mild imperfections by hand. If you have a polisher with a 3in backing plate that is ideal for the faces and the barrels.

Once the condition is acceptable to you then I would use a sealant or coating as my LSP there are many choices for this. I like HYDRO2 for its ease of application but others may recommend something more durable like MODESTA or OPTIGUARD.

Remember to retorque the lug nuts to factory specs when you reinstall and you should be good to go.

If you keep up with them weekly a simple wash with car soap should keep them looking mint for a long time.

Good luck and have fun.
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:13 PM   #17
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I do it twice a year as part of wheel, wheel well, caliper, rotor cleaning.
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:29 PM   #18
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I don't think it's OCD, honestly if you want to take that good of care of your wheels, more power to you. Reminds me of this to be honest:


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In all seriousness though, you should NOT be using goo gone or goof-off or any variation of that on your wheels. Rule of thumb, if you wouldn't feel safe putting it on the paint on your car, and everyone should know how strong goo-gone is, it will take up clear coat and will pull up paint as well. I only use soap and water just like in that link, but maybe not as sensual as the above
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OK, now I know I have to pull the wheels off next spring, got to keep up with the jones's
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Old 11-07-2014, 11:21 PM   #20
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I've been tempted to take them off to wash, but this brush makes it much easier while they are on:

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Old 11-08-2014, 04:44 PM   #21
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I don't think it's OCD, honestly if you want to take that good of care of your wheels, more power to you. Reminds me of this to be honest:


LINK BELOW IS NSFW - Make sure your wife is out of the room before you click. Didn't want to post this picture up just because of the obvious.
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In all seriousness though, you should NOT be using goo gone or goof-off or any variation of that on your wheels. Rule of thumb, if you wouldn't feel safe putting it on the paint on your car, and everyone should know how strong goo-gone is, it will take up clear coat and will pull up paint as well. I only use soap and water just like in that link, but maybe not as sensual as the above
How do you teach a girl to do this..
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:10 PM   #22
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How do you teach a girl to do this..
Generally takes about 18 years of bad parenting.
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Sometime even less... lol

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Old 11-08-2014, 06:15 PM   #24
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You need some sonax wheel cleaner and wheel woolies in your life.
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Generally takes about 18 years of bad parenting.

Or a shopping spree to Neiman Marcus
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