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Old 20-02-2018, 02:28 PM   #1
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Why only one bucket for wheels?

Hi folks, a question I've had on my mind for a long time now, is why people only tend to use one bucket for cleaning their wheels ? (3BM)

From my experience with having gloss black wheels on previous cars I know that they scratch just as easily (if not more so) than the rest of the paint. As such, I tend to use 4 buckets (4BM?! ) Two for the paint and two for the wheels. I also take extra care when washing my wheels and regularly dunk my mitt back in both buckets to get any junk off of my mitt/brushes etc.

So why do most people just use the one bucket and seemingly scrub quite aggressively with the wheels? Is it just because people don't care about scratches on their wheels, or because most wheels are silver and it's not as easily seen?

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Old 20-02-2018, 02:47 PM   #2
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Interesting topic, I try to treat my wheels with the same came care as the rest of the car.

Also thought about iron fallout removers designed for painted wheels which are ok to use on painted wheels but not on painted panels on the car.. Why?
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Interesting topic, I try to treat my wheels with the same came care as the rest of the car.

Also thought about iron fallout removers designed for painted wheels which are ok to use on painted wheels but not on painted panels on the car.. Why?
No idea - I use iron fallout remover over all of my car. Perhaps the ones for wheels only have acid in them or something?

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I use the 13 bucket method, one for each panel and one for each wheel.....works a treat
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I use the 13 bucket method, one for each panel and one for each wheel.....works a treat
Now there's an idea!

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Im guilty

I to only use the 1bm for wheels, mine are gloss black caliber y spokes.

I guess its the fact that they are powder coated so im my mind its harder than car paint and also to replace them its about 400 where as my car is a lot more.

Plus most peoples wheels have a curb mark or something, I guess wheels are Sean by some as a consumable item and their fore less care is taken.

I have often taught about using a 2bm but also may just rinse on my mitt with the hose. Hmm lots to think about
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Wouldn't you just use the one rinse bucket?

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I use the 13 bucket method, one for each panel and one for each wheel.....works a treat
Are they builders buckets or bigger detailing buckets, do you need a grit guard if you use that many all so ?
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Wouldn't you just use the one rinse bucket?

Because the wheels are very dirty and have the highest concentration of iron fallout from the brakes. I wouldn't really want to be dumping that in the same bucket that would then be used to rinse the mitt for the bodywork. That's my reasoning, anyway!

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I’ve always used the 4 BM. 2 for wheels and 2 for the paintwork. Makes perfect sense to me. They do get very dirty.
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