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I bought a set of stock snowflakes last weekend. They are in great shape, aside from a ton of brake dust. I've never let a set of wheels get that dirty, so I've never had to really deep clean wheels before. I was going to use Mean Green, but was curious if anyone knew of something better. Going to take them to the car wash tonight.

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I use dawn dish soap and a soft bristle brush. Be careful not to get the soap on the car; dish soap is not really good for auto paint, but it's less harsh on the wheel paint than wheel cleaner.
 

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This is my go-to product after a track day. There's nothing harder to clean off your wheels than track pad dust. Warning: wear gloves or you'll smell it on your hands for several days.
Yeah, it does smell bad it is true!

But this is the worst smelling stuff ever: 75W90RHD gear oil

We used it for gear oil on the rally car, and it smells like seriously rotting fish -- after the maggots have been there awhile. I spilled a little on me once and wound up throwing my clothes away!

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That stuff sounds like a winner, definitely not cheap though.
You can get it cheaper at AutoZone and O'Reilly's; probably on Amazon too.
 

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Sonax full effect wheel cleaner is damn good too. I prefer it over Griot's.

Also, invest in a set of wheel woolies. Makes cleaning the barrel, caliper, and backside of the spokes super easy.


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Sonax full effect wheel cleaner is damn good too. I prefer it over Griot's.

Also, invest in a set of wheel woolies. Makes cleaning the barrel, caliper, and backside of the spokes super easy.
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werd - Sonax is the bomb - use 0000 steel wool for tough spots...



 

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Chemical Guys Diablo wheel cleaner does wonders for my ST's wheels.

Another thing to consider is a coat of wheel wax after cleaning them. If you do that, you should be able to just hit them with the hose in between washes to get rid of brake dust.
 

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Dish soap isn't good for a car? My old car literally got washed 1-2 times per month with dawn. For like 2 years. Lmao news to me.


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Chemical Guys Diablo wheel cleaner does wonders for my ST's wheels.

Another thing to consider is a coat of wheel wax after cleaning them. If you do that, you should be able to just hit them with the hose in between washes to get rid of brake dust.
Since they are my winter wheels, I'm going to plastidip for protection.

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Dawn/Dish soap doesn't hurt the paint but it's what I use when I want to remove the wax prior to using clay & the pc.
 

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If you want something cheap and readily available, Eagle One A to Z has been great for me. Follow it up with something like CG's Hybrid V07 or a spray wax (or both) and they'll stay easy to clean!
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, folks. Actually the Mean Green did a great job. Sprayed it on, let it sit for a few minutes, and it came off with light scrubbing. Now onto dipping them tomorrow

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