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      05-19-2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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Sonax Wheel Cleaner!! Where to buy!!

Hi Guys,

Does anyone know where this brilliant wheel cleaner can be purchased? None of the overseas sights i've found can even ship to australia!!!!

I wish repco never stopped stocking it!

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Hi Guys,

Does anyone know where this brilliant wheel cleaner can be purchased? None of the overseas sights i've found can even ship to australia!!!!

I wish repco never stopped stocking it!

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Try Duragloss wheel cleaner, just as good IMO. Else Amazon will sell you Sonax.
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      05-19-2012, 08:45 PM   #3
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Jozeff, here's the Wolf's Chemicals "Brake Duster" Wheel cleaner we used on the Carlssons. You will love this product:

Available at www.carcareproducts.com.au


Results:

Before:



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Also, I have found putting a good sealant on your wheels keeps them far cleaner. I used Nanolex Alloy sealant a few weeks back and am amazed how much cleaner the wheels stay... remains to be seen how long it lasts though.

Also HIGHLY recommend this wheel brush http://www.carcareproducts.com.au/pr...na_wheel_brush
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Also, I have found putting a good sealant on your wheels keeps them far cleaner. I used Nanolex Alloy sealant a few weeks back and am amazed how much cleaner the wheels stay... remains to be seen how long it lasts though.

Also HIGHLY recommend this wheel brush http://www.carcareproducts.com.au/pr...na_wheel_brush
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Final Inspection Power Wheel Cleaner is another awesome product that is priced well and readily available.
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Bought it from this dude

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/270841336...84.m1439.l2649
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the replies. I've tried Wolf's wheel cleaner stuff.... i just didnt find that it worked as well as the Sonax. I've also tried Diablo wheel gel... hopeless..
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the replies. I've tried Wolf's wheel cleaner stuff.... i just didnt find that it worked as well as the Sonax. I've also tried Diablo wheel gel... hopeless..
This http://www.carcareproducts.com.au/pr..._wheel_cleaner
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      05-20-2012, 01:20 AM   #10
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I've used MANY good wheel cleaners, some of which are mentioned in this thread.

Although, technique plays a more important role in obtaining a decent result.

You need to aggravate the wheel with a microfibre mitt or wheel brush.
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Also, I have found putting a good sealant on your wheels keeps them far cleaner. I used Nanolex Alloy sealant a few weeks back and am amazed how much cleaner the wheels stay... remains to be seen how long it lasts though.

Also HIGHLY recommend this wheel brush http://www.carcareproducts.com.au/pr...na_wheel_brush
Putting Opticoat on my new wheels when they arrive. Hopefully this makes them super easy to clean.
I have that brush and it was good, but find it bends too easily now. Makes it hard to get a good scrub going.
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Putting Opticoat on my new wheels when they arrive. Hopefully this makes them super easy to clean.
I have that brush and it was good, but find it bends too easily now. Makes it hard to get a good scrub going.
I had OptiCoat on my old 135i's wheels. I think that Opti-Seal works better, but only lasts a few months.

Nanolex Alloy sealant is fantastic... I virtually have no brake dust now after 1 week of driving. Takes time to apply though.
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I havent tried opticoat/optiseal, but armour all's wheel proctectant is great. just spray it on and lasts ages.
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I tried looking for the sonax stuff also, but realistically not sure how much value there is after you get shafted on AUS postage.

I'm currently using autoglym custom wheel cleaner to get them spotless, after which I dry them off properly, then used almost a can of armour all wheel protectant ($12) to seal them nicely. Works a treat and you don't need to scrub them every wash, great stuff for the price, and the dust just wipes away - even with a cloth on dry rims!
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I havent tried opticoat/optiseal, but armour all's wheel proctectant is great. just spray it on and lasts ages.
Really?. I tried it and too expensive with average results. After a wash it's gone.

Opti-Seal is the easiest to apply... lasts a few months
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I'm another Sonax fan, their wheel cleaner is essentially the same as the BMW OEM wheel cleaner, basically just different packaging.

Sonax is also supplier for Ford and Holden carcare products, I've managed to stock a few at AutoBarn.

Wheel protectant is useless IMO.
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      05-21-2012, 03:18 AM   #17
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I just wash my wheels every week.

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I just wash my wheels every week.

IMO the best solutions for keeping your wheels clean without using any sealants or cleaners.
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not for BMW OEM brake pads...the wheels are PTIA to clean without wheel cleaners.
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not for BMW OEM brake pads...the wheels are PTIA to clean without wheel cleaners.
Yet I manage to do it time and time again with my own BMWs and others

On my M3 CS, I've only ever used pH neutral car wash to clean the wheels? Never used any wheel cleaners. Even on my E36 M3, never used them.

Wheel cleaners do make it easier though, but as mentioned countless times, clean your wheels AT LEAST once a week
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I still have debris stuck on my rims from EC. Every wash I get a little more but still annoys me. These rims are now definitely track rims.
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Really?. I tried it and too expensive with average results. After a wash it's gone.

Opti-Seal is the easiest to apply... lasts a few months
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I'm another Sonax fan, their wheel cleaner is essentially the same as the BMW OEM wheel cleaner, basically just different packaging.

Sonax is also supplier for Ford and Holden carcare products, I've managed to stock a few at AutoBarn.

Wheel protectant is useless IMO.
Hmm maybe i just have low expectations!
I think i might give opti seal a shot when i get some time.
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