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    Just using soap and water on wheels

    I truly think that the best thing to clean wheels with is just soap and water and various brushes. I would imagine all those fancy wheel cleaners that range from 10-20 dollars a bottle work fine and maybe even speed up the process on caked on brake dusted wheels. But I always keep coming back to just car shampoo and water since it has never ever failed me and I have never really needed to reach for any wheel cleaners.

    I have found when a vechile is maintained then soap and water is all that is really necessary to be honest. All of my weekly wash customers wheels clean up extremly easily with soap and water and they are impressed with the results. I guess car washes and shampoos are underated.

    Just something to think about.

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    Re: Just using soap and water on wheels

    I very much agree that if a car is maintained, then soap and water work wonders. My fathers car which was bought brand new, and only has been washed by me only needs water and soap to make the wheels look great.

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    I have found when a vechile is maintained then soap and water is all that is really necessary to be honest.
    But the key word here is`''maintained''.
    Problem is most vehicles that are in dire need of a detail are not maintained and the detailers need alot of elbow grease to get wheels cleaned properly. That elbow grease comes in the form of wheel degreases and our favorite acronym... APC. In essence, these products act as facilitators.
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    Re: Just using soap and water on wheels

    Your right, if the car is maintained weekly or bi-weekly then they clean very easy with car wash soap. If you seal the wheels it make it alot easier to
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    Re: Just using soap and water on wheels

    Maintained is the key word, Ive done some cars where I needed some wheel acid to get them clean. But you are correct, if a vehicle is maintained properly then there is no need to put any type of wheel cleaner on other than soap and water.
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    Re: Just using soap and water on wheels

    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzly View Post
    I truly think that the best thing to clean wheels with is just soap and water and various brushes. I would imagine all those fancy wheel cleaners that range from 10-20 dollars a bottle work fine and maybe even speed up the process on caked on brake dusted wheels. But I always keep coming back to just car shampoo and water since it has never ever failed me and I have never really needed to reach for any wheel cleaners.

    I have found when a vechile is maintained then soap and water is all that is really necessary to be honest. All of my weekly wash customers wheels clean up extremly easily with soap and water and they are impressed with the results. I guess car washes and shampoos are underated.

    Just something to think about.
    My sentiments are aligned with the other members here, if the wheels are maintained then they don't need dedicated wheel cleaners. All I use is car wash soap and a brush. The dedicated wheels cleaners are mostly for wheels that have baked-on brake dust.
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    Re: Just using soap and water on wheels

    Don't forget to wax / sealant you wheels too.

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    Re: Just using soap and water on wheels

    I might disagree with one point, some brake pads (like those used on German Sedans) often times need a budge once theyve blackened the wheels. Wheel Cleaners offer this in those circumstances. The idea is to use the safest yet most effective cleaner when needed. Often times soap/water is indeed all thats needed on a protected and well cared for wheel and those that are washed/cleaned on a normal and frequent basis.


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    Re: Just using soap and water on wheels

    Agreed with kilerwheels, try soap and water on a blackened wheel and you will never get the result a wheel cleaner can give

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