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    WD-40 to clean wheel wells

    Saw a vid where a guy did this. Bad for plastic? Would it simply attract more dust?
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    Re: WD-40 to clean wheel weels?

    I think there are better products out there for this. One component of WD-40 are oil(s) in concentration that resemble kerosene. The residual oils left are going to be a dust magnet unless thoroughly removed by a degreaser, pressure washer, etc.

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    Re: WD-40 to clean wheel weels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carvin View Post
    Saw a vid where a guy did this. Bad for plastic? Would it simply attract more dust?
    I'd say yes on both counts. The last thing I want on my wheels is an oily substance which is more prone to attracting grime and break dust than the normal surface.

    Depending on your preference, you can use all manner of wheel cleaners, APC dilutions, or even just your car wash shamoo to get wheels clean. Not sure why someone would use WD-40. Even if there are tar splatters or other hard to remove grime, something like Tarminator would probably work better and you'd still want to wash the wheel afterwards.
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    Re: WD-40 to clean wheel weels?

    I'm with the folks above thinking it just doesn't seem like a good idea.

    Hard part with videos online - there's all types. I saw one where I guy was showing how to clean carpets. He sprayed so much purple power and water in the carpet that there were standing pools of water in the car. He then used a shop vac to clean it out.

    Working at a repair shop where I've had to deal with the wiring corrosion aftermath of (even plain) water at that level it's frustrating that people could think that's ok...

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    Re: WD-40 to clean wheel weels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carvin View Post
    Saw a vid where a guy did this.
    Shoot...that’s nothing.

    Wait ‘til you watch the video where
    WD-40 is proclaimed ”the holy grail”
    of liquid unguents.

    {IIRC, there’s even the mention
    of it enhancing ones love life...)


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    Re: WD-40 to clean wheel weels?

    I may think of using WD40 on my wheels if they were squeaking.

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    Re: WD-40 to clean wheel weels?

    You mean videos like this. YouTube
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    Re: WD-40 to clean wheel weels?

    Not to mention if you spray it directly on the wheels. You are going to get wd40 on the brakes too. If you get Wd40 on the tires it will start breaking Down the rubber.

    Why, just why?

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    Re: WD-40 to clean wheel weels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coleroad View Post
    Not to mention if you spray it directly on the wheels. You are going to get wd40 on the brakes too. If you get Wd40 on the tires it will start breaking Down the rubber.

    Why, just why?
    You mean spraying my rotors with it so they don't rust is bad??
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    Re: WD-40 to clean wheel weels?

    On a more serious note...

    IMO:
    Rather than using WD-40 for any cleaning
    purposes—(it is, after all a water dispersing
    agent)—the below two products are more
    ideal for the cleaning, (and, if so desired:
    then the refinishing), of the greater majority
    of wheel-wells/wheel-well areas:



    Wurth Care Care Products


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