Safest wheel cleaner on machined alloys

Safest wheel cleaner on machined alloys

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Fusss

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33 posts

53 months

Tuesday 23rd November 2021
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What is the safest/best wheel cleaner to use on “machined” alloy wheels?

Smint

396 posts

8 months

Tuesday 23rd November 2021
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Bilt Hamber's 'Auto Wheel' is among the best i've used.
Only the gentlest agitation required to remove the most stubborn ingrained dirt.

595Heaven

1,680 posts

51 months

Tuesday 23rd November 2021
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Another vote for Bill Hamber’s cleaner - brilliant stuff

roscopervis

164 posts

120 months

Tuesday 23rd November 2021
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The safest is to get the wheels protected with a ceramic coating, then wash them with car shampoo and water, a nice wheel mitt and a soft brush.

irfan1712

1,156 posts

126 months

Wednesday 24th November 2021
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I'd recommend Valet Pro's Bilberry wheel cleaner as you can dilute it to what you need (i keep one bottle of strong dilution for when the wheels are bad and a lesser dilution for everyday cleaning). Autosmart's Smart Wheels is similar and also excellent.

Bilt Hamber's autowheels is excellent, but i think for a regular wash (i.e every week or fortnightly) i'd say its a little harsh especially if you have a good wheel coating on there anyway, it just wont be needed that often if your wheels are sealed with a good wax, sealant or ceramic coating. Its not acidic, but it will defo discolour and fade some plastic wheel caps if used regularly over time in my experience.

Belle427

5,859 posts

206 months

Thursday 25th November 2021
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I use bilt hamber for a deep clean every 6 months then a weekly clean with the below, very easy to maintain that way.
No real need for harsh chemicals.
I do use gyeon wet coat on the wheels too.
https://www.garagetherapy.co.uk/product-page/one-w...

liner33

9,198 posts

175 months

Thursday 25th November 2021
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I use Bilberry as well but the BH stuff is probably a better cleaner but not sure it’s safer

Chubbyross

2,860 posts

58 months

Friday 26th November 2021
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+1 for BH. By a long margin the best wheel cleaner on the market. If you’re really after great looking wheels, though, I’d take them off, give them a machine polish and coat them with Gtechniq C5 ceramic coating first. The brake dust will wash away easily with normal shampoo and pressure washing. It’s one of the first jobs I do when getting a new car.

BIRMA

3,291 posts

167 months

Sunday 5th December 2021
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Chubbyross said:
+1 for BH. By a long margin the best wheel cleaner on the market. If you’re really after great looking wheels, though, I’d take them off, give them a machine polish and coat them with Gtechniq C5 ceramic coating first. The brake dust will wash away easily with normal shampoo and pressure washing. It’s one of the first jobs I do when getting a new car.
Good advice, all of the wheels I've either bought or had on a car have been treated with the ceramic coating, seems to work a treat. Last year I bought some Swissvax Autobahn wheel wax. Like all Swissvax products it was very expensive for such a small pot but it did four sets of wheels easily and all I do is just use a gentle shampoo to get them like new.