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Old 09-11-2019, 11:51 AM   #1
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C5 coated Black gloss Alloys

Morning all,

What would be the correct procedure/regime in cleaning C5 coated Gloss black Alloys and barrel?

Would I be correct with the following procedure

1. Power Wash
2. BH Auto Foam/ Agitate with Wheel Woolies and Detail factory soft brush
3. Wash with mitt and car shampoo
4. Dry off with Microfiber towel

How often would you use BH Auto Wheels/Korrosol ?

I want to avoid scratching the wheels as best I can
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:16 PM   #2
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You wont scratch with those brushes��

If you are cleaning regularly (say weekly) you don't need the Auto foam which IMO is the best wheel cleaner I've used but can be expensive if used weekly. See how you get on with just soap and use korrosol or similar monthly.

I didn't get on with C5 and needed up polishing and using poor boys wax 6 monthly. Didn't feel like the c5 was helping but wheel wax was.
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Old 10-11-2019, 04:57 PM   #3
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Welcome to my Night Mare.... that was an Alice Cooper track too.

Having black gloss wheels myself, I can assure you they need a lot of care and attention. They just look terrible if only dusty or the unavoidable TF.
Stone chips are the worst things.
They will mar easy, so stay away with wheel brushes and anything other than good MF's and easy use of wheel woolie.
Rather than suggest what to do or use, I can share what I do.

Remove all wheels. Service wheel arches, callipers etc.

Decon wheels, fallout remover etc.

Inspect for chips, they will be there eventually.
Polish all spokes and barrels. Any larger chips need sorting as per that procedure.
iBrid helps, plus hand polish.
Wipe down with a PW of choice.
Set wheel on a workable surface, small table etc.

With the C5 do one wheel complete set of spokes and outside in one.
Go back and only wipe over.
Do the others.
Then do the barrels.
Then do the brake callipers.

Leave and refit next day.

My own rules. Stay with repairs and the polishing for however long it takes.
When wiping on the C5, make sure its only wipe on and get after it, don't hang about. Its a nano finish wipe on only it's not "Not painting".
Try putting on more is a waste and just grief and a waste.
When go back to wipe, only wipe over with a good MF. No need to buff.

Weekly shampoo wash I do use a PW if over dirty (not often), if not just wipe over with MF WM gently.
Wheel woolie and shampoo and gently wipe the barrels.
Forced air dry the wheels, callipers.
Wipe FSE QD on outside of wheels gently..
Wrap a MF around the med wheel woolie and spray with FSE and wipe barrels.
Change to another MF and do same to wipe/buff gently.
Disgard MF used for wiping over after, not worth the risk reusing.

If I do not follow this, it shows, water marks, in wheel nut recesses etc too.
It sound like ag, but preparation and good maintenance of gloss wheels is the hard part, keeping them clean is not too difficult. Did this today as it happens, they look great.
Reminder, they will mar so take care what you use on them.
Now you can decide what you do
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Old 10-11-2019, 06:18 PM   #4
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Stick with normal silver alloys....sorted
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Old 12-11-2019, 09:27 AM   #5
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Nothing wrong with that,

I had gloss black wheels on my Ibiza and have gloss white now that show more dirt than black and my routine is

Foam wheels with Diablo wheel gel in a dedicated snow foam lance and rinse bottom up

Use a microfiber wheel brush to clean barrels

Use a streetwise monkey mitt and car shampoo in wheel bucket

Use detailing brush to clean lug nuts and valve stem

Split end soft bristle brush from Wilko to gently clean tyres in between monthly scrubbing and re-applying dressing

I also top it up with auto finesse aqua coat
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