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Old 04-28-2014, 08:08 AM   #1
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Don't use no scrub wheel cleaner on replica rims

When I was getting my new rims put on last Friday I was bull****ting with the installer who is also a Mustang fanatic and he said straight up "make sure you NEVER use no-scrub wheel cleaner on these (AM) rims, ONLY soap and water". He stressed this like 10 times because he said he has had AM rims along with some other replicas pit/corrode/have the clear flake off because of wheel cleaner. I asked him would this void the 1 year finish warranty and he replied yes, it will, its happened before to him and a few other customers and AM/others will not replace a wheel that has finish issues due to a no-scrub cleaner. He also told me "yes they/we can tell if its because of a cleaner because we have to go through this with the wheels we sell too".

Just thought I would pass this along. I have always used the no-scrub stuff with no problems and this was the first I'd heard of it. I did some research and it turns out that, yes, the no-scrub cleaner can eat your finish and is a prime reason that many ppl with replica wheels have issues like this.

I used soapy water on my new Bullitts this weekend and they cleaned right up with minimal effort but they are new so YMMV. I'd suggest using ceramic brake pads if you don't already (no dust) to keep your wheels clean and stay the hell away from the no-scrub stuff. I'll still use it to clean my wife's steel Honda rims but its not going near any of my nice wheels ever again.
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I suggest putting a few coats of wax (I like Turtle Ice) on inside and outside of your rims to aid in cleaning. I wax mine when I rotate them.
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I always waxed my polished rims on my old car. Learned the hard way what happens if you don't keep up the maintenance on polished rims...
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good advice I always use liquid cleaners opps
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Thanks for the info.

+1 for waxing. Just had mine permanently coated with Opti Coat and they stay clean for weeks and washing/drying them is a breeze. It's weird seeing wheels bead water.
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I suggest putting a few coats of wax (I like Turtle Ice) on inside and outside of your rims to aid in cleaning. I wax mine when I rotate them.
And here I thought I was the only one that did this!
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And here I thought I was the only one that did this!
I do it to mine to!!
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Don't forget ab windows, windshields, lenses, and plastics. They can all be waxed/coated. Although I like to keep it old school with my plastics and use dressing after every other wash. Hell, even Chemical Guys VRP dressing beads a little bit on the tires.
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Yes sir most of the wheel cleaners sold at Walmart, etc..are garbage. I only use professional grade products diluted with water. I'd rather wash them twice, than replace them.
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To add onto this, he also said to never use the "tire shine" or "wet black" stuff because it will run down onto the rim and dry there. Honestly I don't like that stuff anyway but a ton of ppl use it. I just use some of the same Meguiar's interior cleaner I have and spray it on a paper towel and wipe around the sidewall. Dunzo.

Also staying the hell off the road with nicer wheels in the wintertime is something that'll keep your rims lasting awhile. Even if there is no snow on the ground, you're going to have that white chalky residue from the salt/calcium everywhere. I don't drive my stang in the winter but if you must I HIGHLY suggest a set of cheap OEM steel wheels and some all seasons or winter tires for those months.
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To add onto this, he also said to never use the "tire shine" or "wet black" stuff because it will run down onto the rim and dry there.
Was he talking about oil-based or water-based dressings? I can see an oil-based dressing causing damage but not a water based (what I use).
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I always just use the car wash that I use on the rest of the car. Of course, my wheels are painted gloss black, so I guess they can be treated just like the rest of the car.
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I guess they can be treated just like the rest of the car.
Gonna somewhat disagree here, just because break dust can be very corrosive and is obviously only found on the rims. I'm not saying what you're doing is bad, I personally would just take a little more precaution/use a lot more soap in the wheels than the paint.
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When I was getting my new rims put on last Friday I was bull****ting with the installer who is also a Mustang fanatic and he said straight up "make sure you NEVER use no-scrub wheel cleaner on these (AM) rims, ONLY soap and water". He stressed this like 10 times because he said he has had AM rims along with some other replicas pit/corrode/have the clear flake off because of wheel cleaner. I asked him would this void the 1 year finish warranty and he replied yes, it will, its happened before to him and a few other customers and AM/others will not replace a wheel that has finish issues due to a no-scrub cleaner. He also told me "yes they/we can tell if its because of a cleaner because we have to go through this with the wheels we sell too".

Just thought I would pass this along. I have always used the no-scrub stuff with no problems and this was the first I'd heard of it. I did some research and it turns out that, yes, the no-scrub cleaner can eat your finish and is a prime reason that many ppl with replica wheels have issues like this.

I used soapy water on my new Bullitts this weekend and they cleaned right up with minimal effort but they are new so YMMV. I'd suggest using ceramic brake pads if you don't already (no dust) to keep your wheels clean and stay the hell away from the no-scrub stuff. I'll still use it to clean my wife's steel Honda rims but its not going near any of my nice wheels ever again.
Great info man, I'm really glad you posted this, I just got the same wheels mounted and balanced on the rim on Saturday. I have washed them twice with hose water, and turtle car Soap. Is it ok to use car soap on them. Also my brake pads a make a tremendous amount of brake dust, they are stupid posi quiet semi metallic pads.

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I use the same car wash I use on the rest of the car to clean the rims. I would change out the pads asap to ceramics if I were you. The brake dust is one of the biggest wheel killers there is.
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Convert, the only precaution I do is I wait till the last to wash my wheels and I have a dedicated wash mitt for them.
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