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Old 26-10-2016, 10:12 AM   #1
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Maintenance Wheel Cleaner

What is best for cleaning lightly soiled wheels that are protected as part of a normal wash?

I was recommended Red 7 by an AS rep, but having bought and used some I feel it's a little over the top for what needs to be achieved. I'm just after something that will remove light brake dust but won't remove the wheel sealant.

Would smart wheels be suitable? It can be diluted down to the appropriate level and is considerably cheaper to use regularly.

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Old 26-10-2016, 10:14 AM   #2
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*Edit* Apologies for the previous post, didn't realise this was in the Autosmart section.

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Old 26-10-2016, 10:14 AM   #3
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If the wheels are sealed, all you will need to remove the brake dust is normal car shampoo. If the deposits are heavy, you can step up to dilute APC but it shouldn't be necessary on sealed wheels. Red 7 is wholly inappropriate on sealed wheels, not only is it over the top and will strip the sealant away but you'll be wasting your money!
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Old 26-10-2016, 10:28 AM   #4
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Bilberry is usually the go to cleaner for your situation.

I've got a sample of Dookas new wheel shampoo, which can be mixed in a bottle or put in the wheel bucket. Only used it once but not sure it was any better than normal shampoo...

Need to test more I think.
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If the wheels are sealed, all you will need to remove the brake dust is normal car shampoo. If the deposits are heavy, you can step up to dilute APC but it shouldn't be necessary on sealed wheels. Red 7 is wholly inappropriate on sealed wheels, not only is it over the top and will strip the sealant away but you'll be wasting your money!
It did confuse me a bit when I was told that Red 7 wouldn't strip sealants. I like to spray something and leave it to dwell, so a diluted APC would make sense
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Old 26-10-2016, 10:41 AM   #6
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Bilberry is usually the go to cleaner for your situation.
I've used Bilberry in the past and was very impressed to be fair.
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Old 26-10-2016, 10:44 AM   #7
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I use smart wheels each time, it can be diluted down well so it works out cheap. Obviously heavily baked in brake dust will need a stronger solution. Very good wheel cleaner.
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Old 26-10-2016, 12:44 PM   #8
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On sealed wheels soapy water should be more than enough.
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Thank you for your question.

If wheels are sealed then a shampoo should be fine..but in our experience some sealants are not 100% effective and even the best wear off eventually.

Which product has the biggest affect on the wheel sealant will depend on the composition of the wheel sealant being used.

In general to preserve the life of the sealant we recommend using the mildest cleaner possible, clean often so brake dust does not build up and avoid harsh brushing.

On this basis use a neutral shampoo such as duet for cleaning and use a microfiber or soft bristle non- scratch brush if necessary.

If this process doesn’t s remove the brake dust it is likely that the sealant coating is failing then you have a choice:
• An alkaline wheel cleaner diluted appropriately – smartwheels if fine for painted wheels or use Hazsafe if unlacquered or polished
• Red 7 or a similar neutral product. This often gives a deeper cleaner however is a higher cost option.

We hope this helps - Regards Cheri (Autosmart Customer Services Team)
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Old 27-10-2016, 12:36 PM   #10
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get yourself down to tesco and by the simoniz ultracare wheel cleaner 5 litre bottle. think its like £5.
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