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#1 Cleaning wheels

Post by bobsnicholson » Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:08 am

Never having owned a car with Chrome Wire wheels before i would be grateful for tips on "ease" of cleaning them??
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#2 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by timhum » Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:56 am

After initial cleaning and polishing with Autosol metal polish I use Meguiars Ultimate All Wheel Cleaner. Spray it on to dry wheels, leave for a couple of minutes and then jet wash it off. The hard part is the first stage of cleaning and polishing, plenty of dusters, an old toothbrush and very sore fingers.

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#3 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by malcolm » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:40 am

:yeahthat:

Wire-wheel finger syndrome consists of arthritic bent fingers with sores on. I take the wheels off once a year for a really good polish, and thereafter use MWS cleaning spray, very similar to the stuff used by Tim.
I also spread a bit of carnauba wax on after to help repel dirt and make them easier to simply wipe clean.
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#4 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by mgcjag » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:45 am

Not too much grease on the splines..or it all comes out through the spokes...and more dust sticks.....Steve
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#5 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by edriver » Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:51 am

To dry the wheels after spraying them with cleaner and rinsing with water, I have followed the recommendation of a fellow forum member and use a leaf blower. Works great!
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Post by Gfhug » Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:11 am

In Victorian days we'd have used child labour and not worried about the consequences :bigrin:
Send them to the sub-continent and they probably do just that :roll:
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#7 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by bobsnicholson » Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:23 am

Got most of the suggestions, arthritic fingers, wheel cleaner, tooth brush, (happy i saved the old ones after buying electric), leaf blower. Left the slave in Dubai when we retired. :bigrin:
Thanks guys going to spend an hour or several on them after lunch.
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Post by max-it-out » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:21 pm

On a related subject , now that the warm,dry days of Summer are coming to an end ( at least here in the UK ) i , whats the best way of protecting wheels and all the other chrome bits from deteriorating over the Winter ?

When I had my 3.8 FHC , one year I smeared everything with waxoil . Worked a treat , no moisture could penetrate , but ...it was a real PITA to get off . So I won`t be doing that again.

My garage is fairly well insulated so not much condensation .
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#9 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by Heuer » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:36 pm

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#10 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by SESH » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:46 pm

The guys that did my re-chroming said liberal amounts of car wax.

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#11 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by bobsnicholson » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:51 pm

On my bikes chrome i use the very popular ACF 50.
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#12 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by malcolm » Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:00 pm

I use bullet carnauba wax. Dead easy to put on, and dead easy to buff off after winter.
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#13 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by H7OB » Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:10 pm

GT85 and ACF50 are the most useful random collection of numbers and letters in my garage! 👍
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#14 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by Simonpfhc » Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:41 am

+1 for GT85.
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#15 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by malcolm » Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:36 am

excuse the ignorance, but what is GT85? :scratchheadyellow:
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#16 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by mgcjag » Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:42 am

Malcolm...google is your friend :bigrin:
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#17 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by Jeremy66 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:15 am

I’ve tried Maguiars and Autoglym, both good but the Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner seems to work a little better for me.

I take the wheels off a couple of times per year, go over them with the cleaner and a fine soft brush, jet wash them and then blast dry with compressed air.

They do stay better for longer after a coat of polish but it’s about two hours per wheel.

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#18 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by bobsnicholson » Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:12 am

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Quick clean.
Underbody is fine for now.
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#19 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by Barry » Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:58 pm

My father taught me how to clean wire wheels in the 60’s on his various Jaguars. The basis for this was that if I did it properly, I could earn some pocket money! I still use the vert same long round bristle brush I used to clean father’s wheels. The secret is to wrap a cloth around the brush and slot in between the wires both front and back, and slot in between the wires from different angles. You get into a rhythm and probably takes no longer than half an hour for that stage of the cleaning process. As others have said, I do spray a cleaner (Swisswax) on first, then take of with water from a high pressure hose. But it does necessarily get all the brake dust off, which is why the brush is important. To finish off, I use Swisswax canuba which comes as part of their wheel cleaning kit. SNGB sell the long bristle brush, and so do MWS.

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#20 Re: Cleaning wheels

Post by politeperson » Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:35 pm

I think the secret to cleaning wire wheels is a 3 phase jet washer.

No soap or anything else. Each wheel takes about one minute.

With stainless wheels they will take full pressure no problem.


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I would not recommend full pressure on body panels however.
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