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Old 09-26-2009, 07:25 AM   #1
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Anyone else wash the entire wheel to the back?? Tough to do but worht it.

I remember my last car getting really caked up on the inner part of the wheels that usually NEVER get touched. I decided ot try and keep up with the entire wheel from the start in hopes of them never looking nasty on the inner part as well. Man the huge Brembos make it tough but you can squeeze a sponge in there and they come out nice as long as you start from the beginning!
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:29 AM   #2
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IF you are going to be THAT determined to clean your car... do what I do. I take the whole wheel off my Suburban twice a year, clean the wheel well, inspect for damage, check your brakes and clean the wheel while it is off. I wouldn't do it every time I wash it but my car is in GREAT condition and still looks new (when it is clean).
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:04 AM   #3
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i bought a soft wheel brush at wal-mart in auto section.the name of it is blue coral it works great.gets all the way to back of the rim from the front
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:17 AM   #4
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Yeah I got a small black and gray round brush at O'Rielys and it get way back in there and clean as much as a can. They look good when I do that once a month.
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Old 09-26-2009, 12:43 PM   #5
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Absolutely! It makes a huge difference and really makes a noticeable improvement!
Trust me here, an ez detail brush is your friend for this application. It fits in very tight areas and makes cleaning the inner barrels a breeze. (note: we're waiting on more to get here, but they should be here mid week.. they sell fast!)
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Old 09-26-2009, 12:47 PM   #6
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Sweet never even thought of a brush for this application. Excellent and yes much easier idea than a sponge!
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Old 09-26-2009, 12:55 PM   #7
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Ya I do that too.. My wife get mad when ever she see's me cleaning my wheels. She always saying come inside!
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:40 PM   #8
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I've been cleaning in there as well.

This car IS NOT good for my obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). All I can think about is that silky black paint.
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:58 PM   #9
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Everytime I wash the car... who doesn't?
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Old 09-26-2009, 03:08 PM   #10
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My girlfriend's dad took all the wheels off his Pathfinder (does this about 3 times a year) cleaned the calipers off, washed out the wheel well (found some blood-caked fur ), then applied some kind of black paint to the wheel well. The paint is pretty glossy and tough. It helps keep things clean in there and all he has to do is spray water into the wheel well to clean and maybe scrub under there a couple times a year. Not sure what kind of paint he used but its nice. Keeps the wheel well clean and the shiny black looks cool. I wouldnt mind using this on my camaro because the wheel wells on my G6 look like crap after 4 years of driving.
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:22 PM   #11
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Here's a link that would help alot in this area: http://www.properautocare.com/cowhtiwhwecl.html
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:41 AM   #12
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I guess this is an advantage to having an LT/RS. Smaller rotors combined with 20" wheels makes it easy to get my hand in there to clean the inside of the wheels.
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:16 PM   #13
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I pull the wheels off a few times a year and wash AND WAX the inside of the wheel.

A long lasting wax like zaino will make it very easy to keep the inside clean. After that, pressure wash and use a leaf blower to dry.


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Old 09-27-2009, 09:35 PM   #14
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I use a brush from the Harley dealer. Also use HD's "Hogblaster"- Great for removing stash water.
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:48 PM   #15
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It's pretty easy to get a sponge through the spokes to wash the inside of the wheel except for where the calipers are. Just roll the car forward or back to get the spot where the caliper was. Don't forget to wash behind the spokes.

Wheels off a couple times a year is a good idea.
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I use a brush from the Harley dealer. Also use HD's "Hogblaster"- Great for removing stash water.
My dad uses S-100 on his bike and he claims its the best...It's worth a try!
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Old 09-27-2009, 10:38 PM   #17
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I've been doing it for a while, and its well worth the effort.

Another "tip" I received from my Zaino distributor; get a bunch of the wooden stir stick used for stirring paint, wrap a rag around them, and they make cleaning the inner wheels much easier.

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Old 09-29-2009, 07:15 PM   #18
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Well, I feel much less like Monk now.

This is the reason I usually rotate my own tires. The inner portion of your wheels gather a lot of corrosives that can harm the finish. It doesn't take much time for them to become pitted and rough. Sometimes I have someone else rotate, but the first chance I get, I pull the wheels, then wash and wax.

Besides, I have a Car Wash Rule that says: Always wash EVERYTHING you can see.

Thanks for the tip on the detail brush.
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:41 PM   #19
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I have the polished wheels and they look like hammered dog s*&t if I don't. The wheel wells get cleaned every time. I spend at minimum 30 minutes just on the wheels before I was the car.
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:03 PM   #20
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Anyone else wash the entire wheel to the back?? Tough to do but worth it.

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Old 09-30-2009, 02:54 PM   #21
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I'll clean the entire wheel about twice a month. I can get my hands to 95% of the area and just move the car to get at the rest. I have to throw away the small towels after each cleaning (pitch black) I'll think I will polish the inside this weather (while stored from snow & salt) so the dirt, brake dust, etc., will come off easier. I am afraid of the brake dust screwing up the outside polished aluminum if left on too long.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:12 PM   #22
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I am alittle (okay alot) picky with my cars, to the point that I am the only one that is "allowed " to wash & wax them. I always wash the entire wheel (front to back) and trust me it looks so much better and OTHER people notice. Happened to be at a car cruise and another new camaro was there also, someone commented on how clean my wheels looked compared to the other camaro! Luckily I have smaller hands and can fit my hand in there with one of those car wash mits on.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:28 PM   #23
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Have to clean the ENTIRE rim inside and out!. Yes it gets noticed, and only takes a day or two befor the dust is already visible. Have used sponge and brush. Take wheels off 2 to 3 times a year to wash, detail and wax.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:40 PM   #24
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Here's a link that would help alot in this area: http://www.properautocare.com/cowhtiwhwecl.html

Wow! That is Very detailed cleaning! Looks like they placed the front of the wheel down on the ground directly. I would NEVER do that!

Lots of stuff to learn/do from that page. Thanks!
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:06 PM   #25
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I take my wheels off twice a year, and dust them in between. If/When you have them off be sure to coat them with a Wheel Sealant. It'll keep the cleanup to a minimum.
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