cleaning flat black wheels

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  1. CRXican

    CRXican God Loves Ugly

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    Recently acquired a set of these:
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    Tried washing them today using my regular wash mit and meguiars soap. Rinsed them with the hose first.

    Since the surface is flat with no clearcoat I was very gentle. This resulted in minimal scratches (from a brief inspection I only really noticed one). Problem is I was so afraid to apply pressure that the wheels still have brake dust stuck on in some areas.

    I plan on moving to ONR to wash the car from now on but would it be worthwihle to get one of those fire hose nozzles to blast off as much of the brake dust that clings to the flat black surface or is there something else I should try instead.

    I'm afraid to use a wheel brush and I hate messing up my wheels because I think the wheels make the car :hs:
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Why did you get such high maintenance rims? :confused:

    Just stick with using MF towels, have a couple dedicated towels for the wheels. They are open enough you can just reach right in with the MFs.
     
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    I got them in a trade for stock wheels sort of deal.

    So microfiber for cleaning as well as drying, makes sense. I'll order up some more MF towels (any suggestions?) and see how that works.
     
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    Go down to Costco and get the 25 for $9.99 bag. I think they are called Ultimate Microfibers or something like that.
     
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    are those the yellow ones? if so I have 11ty of them already but was under the impression that they aren't real microfiber, sure don't look like it
     
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    I don't think the firehose would do much for the brake dust, hell a high pressure car wash hose won't. It would almost seem that the brake dust is warm/hot enough that it like "cooks" to the wheel and only wiping will get it off. May as well have rags dedicated to just wheels especially if you have high brake dust pads. If I go anymore than a week or 2 with my TL, them brembos will have the front wheels black black and one wash will basically make the rag useless for anything else and we dont dare wash it in a washing machine with any clean ones. :noes:
     
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    I had those exact rims. I washed them like normal rims and they lasted fine for 2 years till I sold them. and he in turn had them for 2 years till he sold them. They looked brand new from day one till my friend sold his car with them.
     
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    The ones I got were blue and green (two packages). Really good on glass.
     
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    thanks for the input

    I just need to stop being so anal about them. Not much I can do about scratches.

    And I have aggressive pads with slotted rotors so brake dust is abundant.
     
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    i wouldn't worry about it cause the paint they put on the rims is usually pretty touch and since its not glossy even if you do get scratches they probably wouldn't be that noticible
     

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