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Old 05-06-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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Cleaning Matte-Finish Wheels

Hey yo,

I know this has been discussed a bit, and there are some pretty common guidelines to adhere to, but I would like to put together a guide for us Matte-Finish wheel owners for proper care and cleaning, as well as point out the Do's and Don'ts.

Personally, I have been used the strict "soap and water" only cleaning process, for my first go-round but I am a bit unsatisfied. I used my adams shampoo and a soft-pad, but I still have some brake dust remnants creeping out.

My Forgestar guide says for serious cleaning, use a 50/50 mix of simple green and water. However, I know there are a few horror stories out there of simple green causing some issues.

Can we establish a list of any confirmed safe spray cleaners?

Also, many have had good luck with Adam's VRT for a post-cleaning dressing. Finish-related ideas are also helpful.

If we can get some good content going, I would love to put together a guide. So lets have at it. "Before and After" pics are certainly helpful.

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Old 05-09-2013, 07:58 PM   #2
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Same as any other wheel.

Adam's has a wheel cleaner that works well.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:42 PM   #4
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I use both green wheel and deep wheel cleaner on mine
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:56 PM   #5
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Same as any other wheel.
That is definitely not correct, as many people who have thought this and used conventional wheel cleaning methods have faded or discolored their wheels.

I have read that Adams Deep Wheel cleaner works, but would love to see it in action, some before and after pics.

I use Adams Green Wheel Cleaner for my normal finished wheels, but not on matte yet. Some people have said they have had good luck with it, but I don't know if it has been specifically formulated with powdercoated finishes in mind.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:27 AM   #6
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Same as any other wheel.

Adam's has a wheel cleaner that works well.
Def not the same ... I use stuff from a local business Superior Automotive. It works great no fading or damage. They call it " wheel cleaner " lol and it smells like rotten eggs!
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Make sure the wheel isn't hot, I use deep wheel cleaner and it works great. You can use green wheel cleaner also. If there not real dirty just use some car soap, They made sure that the new dwc won't harm your matte wheels. Just don't apply it hot or let it dry. If for some reason you feel the need to use apc be careful, dilute it and rinse it off ASAP. Obviously there are other company's other than adams, but that is what I prefer.
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If not sure, just use soap and water
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:36 PM   #9
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A little common sense applies. And yes, the process is the same. Find a cleaner that works for your wheel type and clean. The wheels should also not be in the sun or hot from (the sun) or use.

EVERY wheel cleaner i've used has a warning on the label to test on a small section before applying the whole wheel. That applies to ALL wheels, not just matte finish.

The Adam's wheel cleaner I linked is highly recommended. I have some, but haven't tested/used it myself yet.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:26 PM   #10
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Iron-X, P-21S or Sonax work good on removing brake dust and other contaminates. I have used all three on my Forgeline SP3P matte finished rims with great results.
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