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I've finally got round to cleaning the set of 18's I purchased a few months ago, when I brought them 2 were clean and 2 weren't.

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After spending the last 4 hours trying to clean the wheels using Virsol neat and diluted with hot water and leaving to soak for a good 30 mins, then using a jet hose to clean, then using Meg Hot Rims, again soaking for 5 mins and using a wheel brush, then again using a MF. Followed by some Poorboys Bug and Tar remover, sprayed and soaked for 10 mins and removed using a MF.

Finally I resorted to using a clay bar, which resulted in 3 of the 4 wheels coming up clean, but the 4th has so much caked brake dust that it will take ages to shift.

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It looks like some sort of scourer has been used before as the cleaner of the two wheels have a lot of scratches on them.

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What else should I try ? Would steam help ?
 

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I have always used wonder wheels and it works wonders for me!!! Might suggest in using some cutting compound to try and polish them out!
 

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as a last resort try some petrol or diesel soaked on a rag...... dont smoke whilst doing this

or try some WD40 or tooth brush and baking soda
 

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Just tried some WD40, and it barely shifted anything.

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I think the problem could be due to the fact that these wheels have only been used for trackdays, so that brake dust will have got very hot.
 

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Nice wheels [Y]

Brake dust probably etched into the wheel finish.

I've got some AG Clean Wheels you're welcome to try. I'll bring a bottle to work - I'll be parked on the forecourt for the next two working weeks so you know where to find me. First thing in the morning is best.
 

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i have the same wheels and i am faced with a similar prospect of shifting a lot of brake dust and general dirt that has accrued over the last 12 months (hose pipe ban people!!)
 

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You need some acidic wheel cleaner..... its usually only available to
the trade and you need to wear gloves and gogles when using
it..... it is damn nasty stuff and is very very acidic....
Autosmart makes it and I had some a while ago......

Autosmart provide most car valeters chemicals if you see one of there
vans on the roads ask the driver to sell you some if not pop into
one of the common detailing forums these gus will be able to help
you....
 

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body line acid wheel cleaner from partco or brown brothers is very good. as andy says wear goggles and gloves when using it
 

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Dito the wonder wheels, my montreals i bought were covered with brake dust in the corners. Took two applications but its strong stuff and now there spotless plus the wonder wheels wax i got with them was pretty good.
 

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Don't laugh, you have tried most things, however apply some apc or AG motorcycle cleaner and use a pencil eraser or sponge eraser pad.
 

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autobrite wheel acid will shift pretty much anything!!
I order a sample bottle of their Brite Wheels, which I belive is non acid to see if it will shift the remaining dust.
 

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Autobrite Extra Strong Wheel Acid - descaling acid

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An extremely strong wheel cleaner! Contains 24% hydrochloric acid!
Ideal for heavy plant and commercial transport.Rapidly removes brake
dust,rust and tarnish.Not to leave more than 1 minute on surfaces.For
cleaning and brightening aluminium and its alloys. Excellent on wheels,
effective vehicle body cleaning. Removes industrial grime and stains.
Also suitable for descaling industrial and kitchen equipment. DO NO
DILUTE!


Haveing been disapointed with Meguiars Wheel Brightner I tunred to
Autobrite Extra Strong Wheel Acid - descaling acid as my wheel cleaner
for neglected alloys.

This Saturday was an ideal oppurtunity for me to test the product as I
had a neglected Hyundai Coupe SE to detail. I last saw this vehicle 12
months ago and I strugled to remove the baked on brake dust from the
alloys then so I knew it would be a good test for the Autobrite Extra
Strong Wheel Acid - descaling acid.

This is what I was up against

After rinsing all four with the PW I first tested Meguiars WB on the
alloys again which failed to remove much more than a shampoo solution.
So it was over to Autobrite Extra Strong Wheel Acid - descaling acid.
Cleaning one alloy at a time I sprayed Autobrite Extra Strong Wheel
Acid - descaling acid to the alloy. After just a few seconds the liquid
turned a bright yellow/green and the baked on brkae dust began to run
the the alloy. After leaving to dwell for 30 seconds I aggitated with a
Meguiars Spoke Brush. Once I was happy with the alloy I rolled the car
forward half a wheel turn and repeated the procedure to any areas I had
missed.

Once all four alloys were cleaned in this method I rinsed with the PW
sprayed the alloys with Autobrite Alloy Extra and rinsed again with the
PW.

I was impressed with Autobrite Extra Strong Wheel Acid - descaling
acid. Allthough not a nice product, smells horrible, very harmfull, it
contains 24% hydrochloric acid so I knew it was bad, so went eqipeed
with gloves, goggles and mask. It did a great job at removing the baked
on brake dust. I would still be going with the Meguiars WB now if it
wasnt for the Autobrite Extra Strong Wheel Acid.

If you regularly see neglected wheels this should definatley a product you should be carrying.

All done
 

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Another thumbs up for Wonder Wheels. I haven't used it in ages,
was using a general wheel clean and dust repellant spray and noticed
quite a bit of dust remaining in the edges after my last clean.
Broke out the Wonder Wheels at the weekend and they came up like new
again in no time.
 

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I'd recommend wheel acid (which is basically watered down hydrochloric acid!), or watered down brick acid.

I've used these on my car without any problems over 3years now. My dad's 10yr old Golf VR6 had brake dust much worse than those above, and they came out bright silver - not a trace of black speckles..

Just be careful using it - usual stuff, wear gloves, spray it on with a plant sprayer, wear long sleeves (to prevent it from getting onto ur skin, try not to breathe in the fumes, wash off after 20 seconds.. agitate with a sponge (try not to use a brush) if required, always make sure u rinse off completely.

Apply a coat of wax afterwards, or u can use a wet wax if u feel lazy.. Wax is just a precautionary measure, and always makes the wheels look shiney.
 

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Impressive!

You wouldn't want to do that very often though. [:O]

I usually end up using wonder wheels when things are really bad, but may have to try some of the Autobrite stuff.
 
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