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bk2nrml
05-21-2011, 11:27 AM
how did you remove the old adhesive from the tire balancing weights ? adhesive remover or did the cleaner get it off ?

thyno

Nick McKees37
05-21-2011, 11:51 AM
how did you remove the old adhesive from the tire balancing weights ? adhesive remover or did the cleaner get it off ?

thyno

3M Adhesive Remover (http://www.autogeek.net/3m-adhesive-cleaner.html) and a Scraperite Plastic Razor Blade (http://www.autogeek.net/scraperite-plastic-razor-blades.html) works wonders for removing adhesive. Just use caution when using the adhesive remover not to get any over spray on the face of the wheel.

Mike Phillips
05-21-2011, 12:00 PM
Nice article Nick!


Excellent writing.
Excellent formatting of text and pictures.
Excellent pictures, I noticed they were all resized to 800 pixels wide.
Clear, concise and helpful.

:dblthumb2:

Lasthope05
05-21-2011, 12:20 PM
One thing I dont really agree on is for chrome. Chrome wheels really benefit from a good acidic cleaner not only in cleaning the wheels but also brightening the finish. Chrome is a very resilient coating so there would be no damage to the finish. Besides, most chrome wheel cleaners are already in fact acid based cleaners.

Nick McKees37
05-21-2011, 12:25 PM
One thing I dont really agree on is for chrome. Chrome wheels really benefit from a good acidic cleaner not only in cleaning the wheels but also brightening the finish. Chrome is a very resilient coating so there would be no damage to the finish. Besides, most chrome wheel cleaners are already in fact acid based cleaners.

Thanks for the information. In this case, I went with safe, over sorry. Most new cars from the factory feature "chrome tech" wheels as an option, which is basically a plastic chrome hubcap placed over an aluminum wheel. The days of high quality, factory chrome wheels is heading out the door, unless you're willing to shell out big bucks for a higher end vehicle.

Although an acid based wheel cleaner may be safe and effective on chrome wheels, when it's not used properly it is more likely to damage the finish. For someone that is not educated on proper wheel cleaning (wheel being cool to the touch, necessary agitation, proper rinsing, what wheel cleaner is compatible with each wheel type) this can turn in to disaster.

Meguiar's Wheel Brightener is an acid-based cleaner that's listed as being safe on chrome wheels, when used properly of course. Most of the wheel cleaners that we sell here at Autogeek are non-acidic, easy to use, safe, and effective on all wheel finishes.

erock
05-21-2011, 02:45 PM
awesome thread nick....very comprehensive....tommy likey wheely

BobbyG
05-21-2011, 03:03 PM
Another great review Nick! :props:

I really like the level of detail in both the photography and throughout the test demonstration. The products you used worked tremendously well and restored the wheel and tire to better than factory condition...

Awesome job buddy!! :dblthumb2:

Nick McKees37
05-23-2011, 08:38 AM
Another great review Nick! :props:

I really like the level of detail in both the photography and throughout the test demonstration. The products you used worked tremendously well and restored the wheel and tire to better than factory condition...

Awesome job buddy!! :dblthumb2:

Thanks Bobby. :cruisin:

vet
05-23-2011, 09:31 AM
Just what was needed!

Meghan
05-23-2011, 09:34 AM
Nice review, and tell Jason to clean those wheels more often! I have to say I am thinking Wolfgang is winning as one of my favorite dressings for the tires. It's not all greasey looking, has a nice matte finish.

tempter927
05-23-2011, 10:24 AM
Another great review Nick! :props:

I really like the level of detail in both the photography and throughout the test demonstration. The products you used worked tremendously well and restored the wheel and tire to better than factory condition...

Awesome job buddy!! :dblthumb2:


How are those wheels "better than factory condition"? I agree they look brand new. The wheels looked relatively clean for 6 months of not being cleaned. Did you encounter any tar spots? I dont see any in the before picture.

I spent about 3 hours yesterday cleaning my wheels, I used the pinnacle wheel gel, since I ran out of ps21 and the pinnacle worked well to wash the grime and brake dust.

I have a ton of black spots on my wheels that are very stubborn. I tested the tarminator, 3m adhesive remover, and wurth tar remover. I really did not see much results from the wurth and 3m products which were much more expensive than the tarminator. The 3m adhesive remover is very good at removing adhesive however. The tar spots dissolved little by little. I used the pinnicle bug and tar remover sponge which i cut up so it will fit into the wheel. I let the tarminator dwell, wipe away some of the dissolved tar and scrubbed with the sponge. I eventually gave up after three hours. I attempted to clay using the tarminator as lube but that didnt work, haha, maybe if i mixed in some regular clay lube also. I plan to clay and see how that works out. I will try and document my steps in a seperate write-up with pictures.

rocketman7
05-23-2011, 11:12 AM
Great write-up Nick! I would like to hear your product recommendation for cleaning the "Black Chrome" wheels on my Garage Queen. Time to pull her out for Summer showin' off. TIA.

Glenn

Nick McKees37
05-24-2011, 08:37 PM
How are those wheels "better than factory condition"? I agree they look brand new. The wheels looked relatively clean for 6 months of not being cleaned. Did you encounter any tar spots? I dont see any in the before picture.

I spent about 3 hours yesterday cleaning my wheels, I used the pinnacle wheel gel, since I ran out of ps21 and the pinnacle worked well to wash the grime and brake dust.

I have a ton of black spots on my wheels that are very stubborn. I tested the tarminator, 3m adhesive remover, and wurth tar remover. I really did not see much results from the wurth and 3m products which were much more expensive than the tarminator. The 3m adhesive remover is very good at removing adhesive however. The tar spots dissolved little by little. I used the pinnicle bug and tar remover sponge which i cut up so it will fit into the wheel. I let the tarminator dwell, wipe away some of the dissolved tar and scrubbed with the sponge. I eventually gave up after three hours. I attempted to clay using the tarminator as lube but that didnt work, haha, maybe if i mixed in some regular clay lube also. I plan to clay and see how that works out. I will try and document my steps in a seperate write-up with pictures.


I didn't come across any tar on the wheels, but I didn't pull them off to completely inspect them either. The Pinnacle Bug & Tar Sponge comes in handy for a variety of uses. Way to be creative. :props:



Great write-up Nick! I would like to hear your product recommendation for cleaning the "Black Chrome" wheels on my Garage Queen. Time to pull her out for Summer showin' off. TIA.

Glenn

You can't go wrong with the Boar's Hair Wheel Brush and Pinnacle Clear Coat Safe Wheel Cleaner. If you're ever not sure which combo to use, that's your safest bet.


Nice review, and tell Jason to clean those wheels more often! I have to say I am thinking Wolfgang is winning as one of my favorite dressings for the tires. It's not all greasey looking, has a nice matte finish.

I agree, the Wolfgang is definitely going to be on the shelf at home with my other favorite tire dressings. :dblthumb2:

roguish-desires
05-24-2011, 09:07 PM
Thanks Nick!




In this case, I went with safe, over sorry. Most new cars from the factory feature "chrome tech" wheels as an option, which is basically a plastic chrome hubcap placed over an aluminum wheel.

You beat me to it! Was going to ask you if this applied to the "Chrome Tech" wheels!

Nice write up! :props:

mwtaco
01-08-2012, 07:44 PM
wow. that was a great write up. i use opti seal on my wheels. i see it there in your pic. i like it because it so much easier to apply.

anyone else use opti seal for their wheels?