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Old 01-01-2018, 04:19 PM   #21
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If any are in doubt then just do a test on your wheels, one side with wheel soap and the other with normal bodywork shampoo. Use your normal array of wheel woolies, brushes etc....and I bet you will not see any difference in cleaning ability at all. Seriously...save your money!!
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Old 01-01-2018, 05:21 PM   #22
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Once you get your wheels clean and get a coat of wax or whatever on them then just regular car shampoo is all that is required.
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:05 PM   #23
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Auto finesse do a dedicated wheel soap:
Me too, I use Auto Finesse' wheel wash / shampoo - Revolution
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:31 PM   #24
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Once you get your wheels clean and get a coat of wax or whatever on them then just regular car shampoo is all that is required.
Unfortunately that's not the case, as it will depend on the manufacturers chosen surface finish for the wheels.

In my experience, standard silver lacquered wheels would be fine to coat/seal and then wash with shampoo. They'll resist iron fall out reasonably well for a few months.

However some of the modern satin finishes now being manufactured are not as smooth and iron fall out becomes a real problem despite being coated. My current RS4 for example really suffers and despite trying a few popular coatings on them, the iron fallout is visually present at the next wash. So I'm having to use a fall out remover now as part of my wheel wash regime.

Interestingly a development Valet Pro wheel wax I have resisted fallout the best, yet brake dust didn't come off as well compared against coatings. A 'no win' situation, and makes me pine for Carbon Ceramic brakes like I had on my previous generation RS4. They perform better and are far kinder to wheels, as there's negligible dust and fallout.

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Old 01-01-2018, 10:03 PM   #25
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A lot of suggestions of only needed very basic or mild shampoos, but no suggestions of how many miles or time between washes?

One car has gtechniq CSL and EXO on the wheels, the other car has simple wax and sealants. General road grime can be dealt with with a generous dose of generic shampoo, but using iron x soap does a better job.

My mk5 golf GTTDI, as was my mk4, is very heavy on the rear brakes. Worse than my wife's heavy S-max. My wheels are coated with CSL and EXO. Yet I still get a build up of fallout within the corner of the spokes. If I use generic shampoo or even carpro reset I still periodically need to use ironX. Using ironX soap I need it far less.

There seems to be two types of wheel shampoo. Ones that are for very delicate surfaces, then those that appears to be more aggressive with more degreasers etc. These are the types that I would opt for
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