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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Orange County, CA
Vehicle: 2008 SLK 55
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I use Meguair's wheel cleaning solution. It's a non-acid product that is safe for clear coats and painted wheels, diluted 1:4 in a spray bottle. This is available in pre-diluted form at most auto stores or in one-gallon concentrate from auto detail supply places. I spray the diluted solution unto the rims and clean them with worn/old household sponge and home-modified wheel brush before washing the car body.
I've modified a wheel cleaning brush using the one used to clean refrigerator cooling coils (available at Wal-Mart, Target or similar stores). Been using the same brush for more than three years on the 55. I cut the thin tapered end of the brush and re-attached the rubber tip securely. Use only gentle strokes to clean the rims and it will reach the whole depth of the rims and the brush has a small enough diameter to clear the space between the caliper and the rims. Others have used a soft brush used by motorcycle enthusiasts to clean the nooks and crannies of their engine. See also Brian_74"s post on how he cleaned the engine with the same soft-brisled brush.
See photos below. I am still using the same gallon-sized concentrate bought several years ago.
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