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      10-23-2012, 03:06 AM   #1
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Best cleaner for rims?

Hey guys, I need some advice on what cleaner to buy for my wheels, they are Bbs lm reps. I want to make them shiney as possible. Thank you!!!
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Sonax Full effect wheel cleaner. Use it on my 1er, used it on my uncle's dirty dirty wheels on a M3.

I used to use mother's but it doesn't hold a match to Sonax
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      10-23-2012, 10:15 PM   #3
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Big fan of Chemical Guys Diablo Gel.
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Big fan of Chemical Guys Diablo Gel.
Is it possible that you are partial to that cleaner as it happens to be the same nick name as your car?

OT: I use Sonax Full Effect as well here.
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Is it possible that you are partial to that cleaner as it happens to be the same nick name as your car?
I was so honored when I found out CG named their product after my baby!
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+1 Sonax
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      10-24-2012, 10:50 AM   #7
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I vote for Chemical Guts Diablo wheel cleaner and a EZ-detail brush. This cleaner gets diluted and lasts a long time. Give the wheel a few sprays, scrub with the brush and rinse. I tried Sonax and was disappointed. It is fun to watch it turn the wheels red but it didn't give me good results by spraying and watching it work. I still had to get in there and do some manual srubbing to get good results. You end up using so much of the Sonax it is a pricey option where as the Diablo Gel last a long time. Both products need some manual scrubbing (more required with Diablo) so get the one that is a way better value in the long run.
Also, the EZ-detail brush is a great tool for other areas of the car. Works great for engine detailing.
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      10-24-2012, 11:58 AM   #8
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+1 EZ-Detail brush!
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      10-24-2012, 12:21 PM   #9
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Lots of people also like Sonax wheel cleaner that turns color while its working.
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      10-24-2012, 01:46 PM   #10
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+1 on the sonax suggestion. Love it.
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i like armor all extreme wheel and tire cleaner. it comes in an orange spray bottle. i couldnt find anything to get the yellow stains off my front rims. that stuff worked really well. i dont need to scrub just wipe they dirt away with a sponge. works awesome on my stock wheels. not very expensive either. i use it about every 2-3 washes. try it out. any walmart should have it.
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I actually dont like the sonax. It cost a lot and didnt work really that good at all for me. maybe i dont leave it on long enough, or maybe im not putting enough on. I completley soak the rims in sonax and let sit for 4 minutes and then scrub and water down to clean. I have better results from a cut down APC honestly. I only got 4 wheel cleans out of a bottle of sonax. refuse to buy it again.
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      11-01-2012, 12:58 AM   #13
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I vote for Chemical Guts Diablo wheel cleaner and a EZ-detail brush. This cleaner gets diluted and lasts a long time. Give the wheel a few sprays, scrub with the brush and rinse. I tried Sonax and was disappointed. It is fun to watch it turn the wheels red but it didn't give me good results by spraying and watching it work. I still had to get in there and do some manual srubbing to get good results. You end up using so much of the Sonax it is a pricey option where as the Diablo Gel last a long time. Both products need some manual scrubbing (more required with Diablo) so get the one that is a way better value in the long run.
Also, the EZ-detail brush is a great tool for other areas of the car. Works great for engine detailing.
Good to hear. The chemical brothers warehouse is about 15 minutes from where I live. I went there earlier today for the first time and stocked up on some supplies.. one of them being Diablo wheel cleaner. I haven't had the chance to try it out yet, but I have heard nothing but great things about the company and products.
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      11-01-2012, 06:51 AM   #14
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Another vote for Chemical Guys "Diablo"...great stuff.
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      11-01-2012, 08:28 AM   #15
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I wash my car every other week, so I just use soap and water... No need for fancy chemicals.
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whats good to use on cars that have black power coated rims? Thanks
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      11-03-2012, 09:24 AM   #17
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I wash my car every other week, so I just use soap and water... No need for fancy chemicals.
I totally agree. Treat the wheels the same way you treat your paint. Except I wash my car at least once a week, more often if needed.
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I totally agree. Treat the wheels the same way you treat your paint.
YES.

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I wash my car at least once a week, more often if needed.
I would too, but being in SoCal, we're trying to conserve water.
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I totally agree. Treat the wheels the same way you treat your paint.
Good in theory, not in practice. Your paint isn't subjected to the constant barrage of brake dust that your wheels are. While I wash my
wheels with regular car wash soap during the weekly wash, there are times when only a dedicated wheel cleaner will do the job right.
And CG Diablo Gel is gentle enough to use whenever you need without worry about "fancy chemicals."
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Your paint isn't subjected to the constant barrage of brake dust that your wheels are.
But the paint IS subjected to the constant barrage of fallout from air pollution, acid rain, etc., so it's a wash, so to speak.
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YES.


I would too, but being in SoCal, we're trying to conserve water.

Optimum No Rinse

I have been using it ever since I got my 1. Definitely look into it!

It only uses two buckets of water. 4 gallons. That's it.
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Optimum No Rinse

I have been using it ever since I got my 1. Definitely look into it!

It only uses two buckets of water. 4 gallons. That's it.
Cool... I'll check it out... Thanks!
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