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    Alkaline wheel cleaners and clear coated wheels?

    Will they eventually break down the clear coat? Is there different qualities of clear coats?
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    Re: Alkaline wheel cleaners and clear coated wheels?

    I'm curious about this aswell, don't mean to thread jack but do wheel cleaners contain silicone??
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    Re: Alkaline wheel cleaners and clear coated wheels?

    Quote Originally Posted by ARizzle View Post
    I'm curious about this aswell, don't mean to thread jack but do wheel cleaners contain silicone??
    Any thoughts?
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    Re: Alkaline wheel cleaners and clear coated wheels?

    The answer is eventually. In my opinion as a chemist, there is probably more risk of this than with acids (although acids have other hazards, of course). Keep in mind that strong alkaline products are sometimes used for paint strippers - whilst clearcoats are different from these paints, you should be able to appreciate that there will also be analogies.

    It is also worth remembering that some alkaline ingredients are worse than others. The paint strippers are generally caustics which you guys in the US will commonly see for dissolving drain blockages or degreasing serious grime on ovens. Realistically, if your product is non-caustic, it simply will not be strong enough to do any significant harm. Moreover, it also will be highly unlikely to stain chrome or other sensitive finishes, something which caustics will do almost as quickly as strong acids. For this reason, every product I do for detailers will be non-caustic. Unfortunately, at least here in the UK, margins are really pushed and the strong caustic products more commonly associated with industrial cleaning are now becoming common for detailers because they offer better value for money than the non-caustic alternatives.

    Silicones in wheel cleaners - mostly no. There are exceptions and you will generally find that products which also claim to 'seal' will have some silicones.

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    Re: Alkaline wheel cleaners and clear coated wheels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Megane View Post
    Keep in mind that strong alkaline products are sometimes used for paint strippers - whilst clearcoats are different from these paints
    Thanks.

    I'm actually referring to this specific product to use on clear coated paint and clear coated wheels....

    DP Cleanse-All Exterior Cleaner works as a bug & tar remover, a wheel cleaner, a tire cleaner, an engine degreaser, a convertible top cleaner, a vinyl

    Are you saying clear coated paint is different than clear coat on wheels?
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