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Old 06-28-2013, 02:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wheel cleaning brush?

Anyone got any recommendations for a wheel cleaner brush that isn't harsh, for spoked effect wheels? (BBS style etc.)

I've tried three different ones and haven't found one I really like yet.
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Anyone got any recommendations for a wheel cleaner brush that isn't harsh, for spoked effect wheels? (BBS style etc.)

I've tried three different ones and haven't found one I really like yet.
I don't know what stores you have over there across the pond but I've used baby bottle brushes in kitchen wares about the size of me finger, it's bendable which helps sometimes. Just eyeball the size ya need
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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steel wool

at walmart they have a package of various degrees of steel wool, for discussion lets say light, medium and course. i believe they assign numbers i.e. 0000, 0001, 0002 etc.

you're gonna have to use your fingers. experiment with the different wools i.e. start at light and move up. i did this on chrome wheels that i thought were beyond shine but the steel wool brought the shine back.

then after that, if you want to be more thorough, put some cutting wax. i.e. meguiars 105, then the 205, then a wax. it worked on my chrome wheels.

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Anyone got any recommendations for a wheel cleaner brush that isn't harsh, for spoked effect wheels? (BBS style etc.)

I've tried three different ones and haven't found one I really like yet.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Anyone got any recommendations for a wheel cleaner brush that isn't harsh, for spoked effect wheels? (BBS style etc.)

I've tried three different ones and haven't found one I really like yet.
Try the pharmacy for cotton buds mate LOL...

Reminds me of the hours it took to clean the chrome wires on my Jaguar ready for concours!!

Seriously though Halfords has a great range in all different sizes and shapes
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Thanks guys. Baby bottle brush is my favourite so far, I'll give that a go. The cordless drill attachments isn't something is thought of either..

And Greeney, Halfords - noooo! :-)
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And Greeney, Halfords - noooo! :-)
I know Halfords is just a regular autostore but to quantify my comment;
However much I have paid or whatever supposed quality I have found nothing that works in one item or that lasts anymore than 2/3 washes.
So where the wheels are concerned I just buy what works for that particular wheel style and replace regularly and this usually just means buying at general auto stores.
Its usually more about being fastidious than what you use in my experience.

It used to take me a long Saturday to clean just the chrome wires ready for a car show using just a toothbrush and cotton cloths, usually old bedsheets.
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buy sonax wheel cleaner and wheel woolies from one of the online detailers,
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Hello Ian,

I use a brush I picked up at Halfords along with a Turtle Wax product to clean off the brake dust (see attached pictures). I like the brush because it is stiff enough to clean well but not scratch. The plastic tip ensures no scratches to the finish on your alloy. Two comments, Halfords here in the Netherlands is only the same in name and most of the products are not similar (I wish we had the UK version :-). The Turtle Wax product was brought back from Canada but I know a similar product is available over here. It is one of those rare products that works exactly as the instructions state.

Regarding the brush - it worked exceptionally well on the 15 hole alloys I had on my W126. If it can clean those small holes it will work anywhere. My wheels are powdered coated so that may have made maintenance somewhat easier.

Hope it helps and take care,
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your girls eyelash brush



detailers domain has some good ones
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