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Old 02-07-2018, 03:22 PM
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Default Does wheel cleaner spray hurt the clear coat on wheels?

I've had this car for about a year. The brake dust is worse than any other car I've had. I find it a pain to clean the wheels. I can clean and dry the car in about 15 minutes and I have to add at least another 20 minutes to clean the wheels.

I've thought about using the spray wheel cleaner, but I'm a little worried about the finish(clear) of the wheel.

Any thoughts or tips?

Thanks,
Old 02-07-2018, 03:41 PM
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Not if you use one that says it's safe for clear coat. Some are and some are not you need to read the label.
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Get better brake pads. My CTS-V had the same problem. Replaced the pads, no more issues
Old 02-07-2018, 03:56 PM
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You need to get one that isn't too caustic. Yes, you can damage the wheels if you use one that is too strong.
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I would worry more about my lungs and the environment. Never saw the need other than washing the wheels when washing the car.
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MAKE SURE You don't use Wheel cleaner with acid in it.I've seen many times Guys at Work spray Clear Coated Wheels down with stuff.They leave it on too long and it ruins the Clear Coat. I wax My Wheels,When I wash My Car I leave the Wheels till last and just use the Car Wash to clean My Wheels..Brake dust comes right off and they still look New. And this is on a 2002 Silverado I bought New and a 2004 Monte Carlo SS..
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What he said. PH neutral
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Replace with ceramic pads
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I use Greased Lightning cleaner. No acid and gets the wheels clean with minimal effort. Wipe with a sponge and rinse.
Old 02-07-2018, 04:19 PM
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Quality wheel cleaner like sonax
Can always wax or seal them after you finish
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Thanks all.
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My neighbor turned me on to some yellow cleaner called Fabulous or something like that from the dollar store. It works as well as any high dollar wheel cleaner I've ever tried. I've been using it for eight years and my wheels look great.
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Clear coated wheels are nothing but clear automotive paint over some other color paint on the wheel.
Just like the car, the wheels need to be cleaned and waxed/coated from time to time.
Mild (no acid) wheel cleaner works well - I have been using Megiuars (currently Hot Wheels) for the last 15 years and before that Eagle One, and it has never caused an issue.
I also every 8-12 months take the wheels off to rotate the tires, and while doing so apply Rejex to the wheels.
The keys to using any wheel cleaner are: applying it to a wet wheel and not letting the product dry, a very soft brush or microfiber cloth to do the agitating and lots and lots of what to remove the residue. I do the two wheels on one side of the car at a time.
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There are some very strong cleaners out for wheels that are acid based
We used to use one that was purple and had to be put into the hand pump sprayer because it would eat up the cheap nozzles. That stuff would also choke you if inhaled.

If you used the purple stuff on aluminum/clear coat wheels it would turn them milky white
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I would change to a pad with less dust and use a wheel cleaner marked safe for clear coated wheels.
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What do the wheels looks like?

I have a large soft bristle brush I bought many years back that is designed for wheels. Actually designed to go in between the spokes of larger wheels as well. Get the wheel wet, use a mild cleaner and then the brush. Takes a few seconds, and gets the wheels and all the corners etc very clean. Anything that helps save time is a good purchase!
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Akebono ceramic brake pads will greatly reduce your dust issue
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Just went ceramic on my M3. Amazing the reduction in brake dust although braking takes a little time to get use to but once adjustment is made, amazing...
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Originally Posted by Surfside View Post
Just went ceramic on my M3. Amazing the reduction in brake dust although braking takes a little time to get use to but once adjustment is made, amazing...
They will get better after some miles get put on them
That is all I use on my customers cars with zero issues or complaints
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That Purple Stuff from Walmart cleans everything and is cheap. I have been using it for years and it has had no harmful effects on my wife's wheels.

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