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Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection Anything related to keeping your Camaro clean and in good cosmetic condition.

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Old 06-16-2009, 08:43 AM   #1
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How far back do you wash the wheels?

Do you clean the brake dust, road grime, etc. off the entire wheel (behind the rotor) or just the face of it?

On my 02, had only 16" wheels and I couldn't fit my hand past the rotor, but with the 20" on my new SS I can get to the entire rim. Just curious what everyone else does (or is planning to do).
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:46 AM   #2
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On my truck I just do the face, unless I am switching between the big rims and stock rims then while they are off I wash the whole she-bang.

On the camaro I will be doing the whole rim as much as I can possibly get.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:16 AM   #3
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I have the RS wheels and only clean the face. The fact that they are Dark smoked grey inside hides the dust and all. I think they designed it that way. Sure is alot easier than my 4th gen wheels were.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:40 AM   #4
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I have 20 in Polish wheels and I clean the whole rim. I use a wash mite and put my hands all the way in,,very easy and its always clean.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:20 AM   #5
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Here's an example of the brush I used to detail Number_9's car a couple of weeks ago. It's a 16" white tampico bristle spoke brush that will reaches all the way to the back of the wheel. It will even fit between the caliper and wheel.


http://www.tropi-care.com/Wheel_Spok...h_p/tc-b30.htm
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:26 AM   #6
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plan on cleaning the entire rim
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:09 PM   #7
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I do the WHOLE wheel on both my daily driver and my Camaro!
It makes the wheel look a lot cleaner. PLUS, I have OCD!!!
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:38 PM   #8
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I use the daytona speed master wheel brush


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Old 06-18-2009, 08:05 PM   #9
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I been using P21S Gel Wheel Cleaner with a EZ Detail Brush. But I would remove the wheel and clean them by hand first when you get your new ride and seal them before you put them back on. After that it's very easy to maintain.

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Old 06-18-2009, 08:24 PM   #10
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Take the wheels off and wash and wax both sides. Don't forget to do the tire treatment on both sides to. Also each lug nut should be individually polished. While the wheels are off the brake calipers should be cleaned and the wheel wells detailed.
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R u kidding Paul SS? Do u plan on parking it on the kitchen table?
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:07 AM   #12
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thats a whole lotta work Paul.
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:25 AM   #13
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Take the wheels off and wash and wax both sides. Don't forget to do the tire treatment on both sides to. Also each lug nut should be individually polished. While the wheels are off the brake calipers should be cleaned and the wheel wells detailed.
He is joking...right?
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:51 AM   #14
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Take the wheels off and wash and wax both sides. Don't forget to do the tire treatment on both sides to. Also each lug nut should be individually polished. While the wheels are off the brake calipers should be cleaned and the wheel wells detailed.
100% This is my kinda guy....total attention to DETAIL.
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R u kidding Paul SS? Do u plan on parking it on the kitchen table?
No, the car will remain in the garage on jack stands. Only the wheels and tires will be on the kitchen table.
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:28 PM   #16
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Anyone got a a really good wheel cleaner they use that is safe to use on the Camaro rims. I got the RS package. I know some of the spray on cleaners strip of the clear coat. Anyone. Anyone.
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:29 PM   #17
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Anyone got a a really good wheel cleaner they use that is safe to use on the Camaro rims. I got the RS package. I know some of the spray on cleaners strip of the clear coat. Anyone. Anyone.
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Old 06-21-2009, 05:26 PM   #18
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Yea maybe once a year. Or get a lift and it would be easier.

I know a dude with 3 vettes and a lift... that bastard.
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Anyone got a a really good wheel cleaner they use that is safe to use on the Camaro rims. I got the RS package. I know some of the spray on cleaners strip of the clear coat. Anyone. Anyone.
The safest product for rims on the market is P21S Wheel Gel Cleaner.
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