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    wheel cleaners

    Good afternoon,

    I was looking and wondering if anyone had seen reviews comparing these products??

    Einszett wheel cleaner
    Diablo Wheel Gel
    Sonnax wheel cleaner
    SOnnax Full effect (HD)
    P21s (golden standard from the 80's)
    P21s Gel (improved version of P21s).

    I have used the P21s products, which works great on the factory painted wheels- but now I have a mix of painted and polished wheels. Whenever the 500e gets washed at the dealership- the polished wheels are so much brighter than I get at home. I was seeing online ppl using $1.84 toilet bowel cleaner...

    Anyway, if you have experience with P21s and now are using one of these other products which you like better- please speak up!

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    Re: wheel cleaners

    Using both Sonnax cleaners in my shop for a long time with good results. Don`t leave on for too long.
    Would not use toilet cleaner!

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    Re: wheel cleaners

    Any reason to choose the full effect over the regular?

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    Re: wheel cleaners

    My vote goes for SONAX Wheel Cleaner. After using it for some years, it always get the job done and works great cleaning the brake dust from MB OEM brake pads. Never seen a negative effect on wheel's finish. The FULL EFFECT version is the regular formulation, the PLUS version is 30% stronger than the FULL EFFECT according to SONAX website.
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    Re: wheel cleaners

    I use the Griot's Garage Heavy-Duty Wheel Cleaner for major brake dust crust, and their regular Wheel Cleaner for normal touch-up and car-wash jobs. That Heavy Duty stuff is amazing !!





    Vs. Sonax

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    Re: wheel cleaners

    I might add that it really pays off to keep your wheels waxed. Easy to forget but it really makes a difference.
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    Re: wheel cleaners

    I must say I don't use 1/5 of the wheel cleaner when I moved away from MB OE pads...

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    Re: wheel cleaners

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Power View Post
    My vote goes for SONAX Wheel Cleaner. After using it for some years, it always get the job done and works great cleaning the brake dust from MB OEM brake pads. Never seen a negative effect on wheel's finish. The FULL EFFECT version is the regular formulation, the PLUS version is 30% stronger than the FULL EFFECT according to SONAX website.
    +1

    It also changes color (from neon green to red) as it reacts with the brake dust. If your wheel stays green after 5 minutes of spraying on SONAX, you're not driving your car between washings.


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    Re: wheel cleaners

    Thanks,

    Online looks like the einszett won as it cleaned the tires better than the sonnax.

    Going to get one and a nice angled brish.

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    Re: wheel cleaners

    You really don't need any of these expensive cleaners, I use an orange oil based detergent, spray it on, move it around with a cloth and fingers into the tight areas (I always wear rubber gloves) rinse off. I keep the back of my rims super clean too. A good tip is to chamois off the rim, then take a short run down the street and back, using the brakes to wipe the disc rust off, then chamois clean again. The wheels stay cleaner longer by doing this. It is a good idea to wax rims too. The orange oil detergent won't streak polished alloy, though most are cleared over.
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    Agree with the waxing of the wheels, I use a basic Meguires carnuba wash/wax. Cannot wait until the mb pads wear down for an akebono install.
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    Re: wheel cleaners

    So just diluted orange oil and water? I've got a bottle for fire ants around the garden or fruit trees.

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    Re: wheel cleaners

    For the longest time, I used Einszett's ColourTec on all my alloy wheels, and wasn't completely happy, because while it cleaned well (good enough, P21S Gel ended up being better), it felt very superficial, and I still had to scrub very hard with the wheel cleaner brush to get it cleaner.

    I have now switched to the P21S Gel, and it's a day/night difference in how it clings onto the wheel surface, is generally less effort to brush around and clean, and have found my wheels to be cleaner afterwards.

    Perhaps I am using the Einszett incorrectly, or not spraying enough, but I love using the P21S Gel. Hope this helps.
    Last edited by Lynch; 05-08-2016 at 02:50 PM.

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    Re: wheel cleaners

    For long time I was useing Sonax but then discovered IronX it's much better
    https://www.carpro-us.com/paint-deco...x-500ml-16-oz/

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    Re: wheel cleaners

    I recall that Klink explained that you shouldn't use wheel cleaners because over time they cause problems. I can't remember the specific details.

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    Re: wheel cleaners

    Just don't get any cleaner on your ball joints or tie rod booties!

    I guess you could clean them off the car if you have a lift at home.

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    Re: wheel cleaners

    Some wheel cleaners are acidic so be sure to read the label before using it long term. I prefer to use a wheel brush & lots of meguires shampoo to really scrub them every time I wash my car. That coupled with regular waxing of the wheel negates the requirement for any wheel cleaners.

    Although my daily driver gets washed once a year whether it needs it or not For it I spray TFR detergent on the wheels / tyres & powerwash off.
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    Re: wheel cleaners

    I was really hoping someone would add a link where some phd chemist gave a DIY formula. For vinyl record cleaning, I found such a thread on AudioKarma and the phd adds notes on how Library of congress does theres.. where exotically priced cleaners like groove glides key ingredients. I bet we are fleeced and all the chemicals are easily available on amazon now!

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    Re: wheel cleaners

    The Griot's Garage Wheel Cleaner is approved by BBS and is non-harmful to things.

    See at this link: https://www.griotsgarage.com/product...e=&from=Search

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    I use optimum power clean on wheels. Not as aggressive as some of the wheel specific cleaners on the market but if you clean your wheels regularly it is all you need. Not as harsh as other cleaners, and useful for a number of other applications also - safely removing bugs from paint and glass for example.

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