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    Folks,
    Advice please. I have a 4 month old BMW 330D with standard 17" alloys. I know nothing really, but they look lacquered (?). I bought some of this 'wonder Wheels' wheel cleaner. Reading my car manual it says 'do not use aggressive, acidic, strong alkaline or rough cleaning agents..' and the box of wonder wheels cleaner says ' not suitable for use on any chrome surface, un-laquered wheels..'

    So, is it safe to use? (The alloys are in pristine condition at the moment), but I bought the stuff ready for when they need a good clean - I've run out of the bmw spray wheel cleaner that came with the car).

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    I used it for 6 years on both of my past e46's, and for the first year on my e93. No issues ever.

    I was then advised that it is a bit too aggressive. It is Hydrochloric Acid, same chemical they use to wash brickwork and masonry.

    I only use it now when the wheels stain.
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    Hydrochloric acid - eek! Think I'll keep it for really bad jobs, and buy some less aggressive stuff, maybe the autoglymn spray. Thanks for the reply.
     
     

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    TBH, cheap (17p a bottle) cola is the best there is really..... pour a bottle over your wheels and agitate then wash off with a jet washer.... I've done mine that way and it works ok, may need two applications though.... :-)

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    I used it last week on a second hand set of alloys I purchased, as they were caked with brake dust on the insides, but I'd advise to wash off after a few minutes maximum.

    To be honest, it didn't make a great difference, still loads of old brake dust caked on, but I'm not going to chance another application at present, too risky.
     
     

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    So what would you guys reckon for cleaning wheels? My front ones are caked in shit from my brakes lol

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    the best stuff i use is cif oven cleaner. Spray on leave for 2 mins and wash off with a jet wash. its brilliant and has never damaged any set of alloys
     
     

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    I have used it on occasions when the alloys are seriously caked up, normally diluted though 1-1 with water, do not allow it to sit for long on the surface esp in the sun, rinse with plenty of water.

    If your car is relatively new and the alloys in good order, a normal car shampoo will suffice if your washing them weekly, best to apply a wheel sealant every few weeks and then you'll not need anything quite so aggressive.
     
     

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    i some times use t cut and a toothbrush it does a good jub just dont rub in the same place for a long time to hard as it can cut through the paint does an amazing job though
     
     

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    No not without waxing them afterwards.
    Try some of this : http://www.autobritedirect.co.uk/sho...oducts_id=2076
     
     

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