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Old 08-19-2009, 12:10 PM   #1
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Cleaning wheels

I cleaned my wheels on my Torrent for the first time (thought they looked pretty grundgy). I used Windex and it took a good 45 minutes to an hour to go over everything and get the wheels all nice again. What do you use on your Camaro wheels especially the polished ones which I plan on getting?
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:12 PM   #2
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The polished one's have clearcoat paint on them so Zaino will work for you.
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:13 PM   #3
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Mothers Aluminum Polish. Works great!
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:14 PM   #4
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Mothers Aluminum Polish. Works great!
Woah - this is not aluminium he is polishing, it's clearcoat. Be careful what you use!
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:15 PM   #5
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To clean brake dust from the wheels, I use Bleeche White..works great. After that, Zaino on the wheels.

Bleeche white will cut through the crap with minimal effort. A tooth brush for the nooks, and a bottle brush for the holes.
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:15 PM   #6
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Woah - this is not aluminium he is polishing, it's clearcoat. Be careful what you use!
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:09 PM   #7
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Keep them clean and polished, and all you will need to clean them is car wash soap. No corrosive or harsh cleansers.

Remember, it's easier to keep the wheels clean than it is to scrub a few weeks worth of brake dust off...
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:18 PM   #8
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Keep them clean and polished, and all you will need to clean them is car wash soap. No corrosive or harsh cleansers.

Remember, it's easier to keep the wheels clean than it is to scrub a few weeks worth of brake dust off...
Exactly. You should be hand washing your car at least once a week. During your once a week bath, you should be using a mitt and cleaning your wheels as well. I keep a seperate mitt just for the wheels. I never have to use harsh chemicals on them because they never get dirty. If you're getting visible black brake dust on your wheels, you need to wash your car more often.
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:19 PM   #9
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:22 PM   #10
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OK Here is my take - I owned a 40th Anniversary corvette for 15 years and it had never seen a water hose and had 20,000 miles on it - It wasn't a trailer queen either - I keep a small sprayer of DI water in a spray bottle and baby diapers or these days micro fiber - Wax it every two months unless you feel it needs more.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:37 PM   #11
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For painted wheels I like to use a good car wash (z-7 for me), and a wheel brush. I also have a larger brush that can reach everywhere in the wheel well to get that all clean. Then I'll apply Z-AIO and Z-2 Pro.

All subsequent washes after that are easy. But I'm a zaino freak.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:40 PM   #12
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I've had good luck with all the products from Griot's Garage www.griotsgarage.com
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:32 PM   #13
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Zaino Z-7 car wash then Z-2 car polish for me
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:06 PM   #14
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Woah - this is not aluminium he is polishing, it's clearcoat. Be careful what you use!
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:23 AM   #15
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Does Windex still have Ammonia in it??....not good for alloys.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:42 AM   #16
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Give P21S Gel Wheel cleaner a chance ( one of the best and safe cleaners out there )and use the EZ Detail Brush also.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:05 PM   #17
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Does Windex still have Ammonia in it??....not good for alloys.
I think so. It cleaned them good but it has rained for the last two days so my work was for naught. But I think they will be easier to clean back up. I just may use soap and water this time.
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Good Call Hylton - Go see if my cars done yet!!! LOL Thanks !!!
It's just been delayed by another 2 weeks......have a nice day!
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:11 PM   #19
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Mothers Aluminum Polish. Works great!
NO NO NO!!! I have a feeling if you keep using this you're going to develop a "haze" on the rims...and they'll begin to pit.

Just regular car wax as they have a clearcoat on them!
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:59 PM   #20
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I only use mild car wash soap with a very soft brush on my Polished wheels. I think there is a blurb in the owners manuel re cleaning wheels. Remember, your not cleaning aluminum, your cleaning a clear coat finish. Brake dust will ruin these wheels.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:04 PM   #21
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I personally use a sponge with car soap. Be careful with those tire cleaning products the cheap stuff can ruin your finish.
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:20 AM   #22
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Need some advice. I have the entire Zaino line ordered and shipping to me and I want any help anyone can offer to get swirl marks out if the clearcoat on the rims - polished alum rims. Sad to say we were not as educated on washing the car until the damage was done. Would love some feedback. Thanks!
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:45 PM   #23
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I use " WHEEL WAX " so far the best product i have used in a long time.

http://www.wheelwax.com/

You can find this product cheaper locally instead of ordering direct and paying for shipping ..
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:52 PM   #24
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Soap/water and a coat of wax of your choice. Just soap and water is fine if you don't feel like waxing. Though, I wax every time.
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soap and water and a coat of Rejex, brake dust just washes off after that
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