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    Black Painted Rims

    Iím trying to find a safe wheel cleaner for my new car. I just purchased a ZL1 1LE and it has black painted rims. The only wheel cleaner I have right now is Meguiars wheel brightener and Iím wondering if itís too aggressive for these rims. Any input on what products would be best for this situation would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Black Painted Rims

    I would stay away from the wheel brightener on painted wheels. On a sport car with heavy brake dust I like Meguiars ultimate wheel cleaner. It comes in 24 ounce bottles and does an amazing job.

    Really any wheel cleaner with fall out remover will do well. You can see most working with color change



    Most here like P&S Brake buster which I feel is good but not as good as the Meguiars. If cleaning wheel often this works. Really good price too.



    I also like iron X and hear sonax wheel cleaner plus is good too but both iron removing cleaner like Meguiars and the Megs is cheaper.

    Look into coating your wheels. Then theyíll clean up with just soap and water pretty easily.

    I went with Gtechnic C5 went with it because mike likes it and just remember it doesnít add gloss to black matte/satin wheels.


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    Re: Black Painted Rims

    Quote Originally Posted by kl0n0pin View Post
    I’m trying to find a safe wheel cleaner
    for my new car. I just purchased a ZL1
    1LE and it has black painted rims.

    Any input on what products would be
    best for this situation would be greatly
    appreciated.
    For wheel cleaners that are perfectly
    safe on all wheel types/finishes:

    I use either P21S or S100 Wheel Cleaners
    on our GM vehicles’ Black wheels: whether
    they be painted or powdercoated.


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    Re: Black Painted Rims

    I did some reading up on the suggested products and decided to go with the P21S. Seems to be the safest for painted and powdrecoated wheels. Thank you for the advice.

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    Re: Black Painted Rims

    If you car puts out lots of heavy brake dust, P21S may not cut it. I used it while owning a BMW years ago and found my wash soap actually cleaned better...and was far cheaper.

    I'd recommend the regular, green, Griot's Wheel Cleaner.
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    Re: Black Painted Rims

    Careful what kind of brush you use, you'll want something rather soft.

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    Re: Black Painted Rims

    I've been using the Blackfire Tire & Wheel Cleaner on my Daytona with Satin Black Forged Wheels and always had great results. The 6 Piston Brembo Brakes left a lot of brake dust on the wheels, but Blackfire easily cleaned them up. I also use the Speed Master Brushes when cleaning wheels.

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    Re: Black Painted Rims

    A ceramic coating helps with cleaning the wheels without using a wheel cleaner all the time.

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    Re: Black Painted Rims

    Quote Originally Posted by The Guz View Post
    A ceramic coating helps with cleaning the wheels without using a wheel cleaner all the time.
    Best wheel cleaner is soap and water.

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    Re: Black Painted Rims

    And Wheel Woolies for softness.

    I have been using the Mothers brush for the faces but it feels somewhat not soft.
    I recently bought the Wheel Woolie Boars hair brush to use instead.

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