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    Default Alloy Wheel Contamination Removal.

    My alloys are sporting some serious hard-baked-on crusty contamination.

    Any ideas how i remove this (without using a scourer and marring the paint)???... Bill Hamber clay maybe!

    I currently use Dragons Breath wheel cleaner and Autoglym wheel brush. Spray on, agitate, dwell, jet wash followed by regular contact wash, jet wash.

    As you can see, its not working. This winters build up is horrific.
    Advice please?




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    I would try some clay too, was going to suggest what you're already using. That nasty looking!


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    Talking of Bilt Hamber, suggest you try Bilt Hamber Atom Mac.
    Its a small bottle that you dilute around 5% in water and spray on the car wheels, underside etc.

    https://www.bilthamber.com/atom-mac-148

    It dissolves any salt build up during the winter and adds a protective layer to metalwork etc

    I've got some - I can now wash the car and park it straight away in the garage and the brake discs don't 'rust-on' as you'd expect them too.
    I can leave it a few days and reverse straight out the garage.

    In my arsenal of gear I tackle wheels with:
    Bilt Hamber Auto Wheel
    Bilt Hamber Surfex HD (dilute at up to 1:1 for really heavy deposits - this is an APC)
    Bilt Hamber Korrosol (iron particle remover - Auto Wheel really does same as Surfex & Korrosol together)
    Autosmart Tardis (tar and glue remover)
    Bilt Hamber Auto Clay
    Meguiars triple detail brush - or a toothbrush.
    Wheel woolies

    Reasonably sure going thro the above will clean it up.
    I think clay will drag and mark the gloss black finish until you've got it down to almost nothing there
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    PS I've got gloss black wheels on the Clio 200 and they look like yours before a clean, but look like new when they've been done with little effort.

    I also use Bilt Hamber Auto Wash shampoo, which has corrosion inhibitors in it.
    One teaspoon per bucket !! It goes a long way
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    It's a real bugger this time of year to get the wheels clean.

    My wheel wash routine would be:

    Pre wash with Bilt Hamber Autofoam

    Then on really dirty wheels I spray on some AutoGlanz Alkalloy wheel cleaner and agitate with a soft brush.

    Then I clean wheels further with HDD Brakethrough wheel soap.

    Next I use some Car Chem tar remover before following up with some AutoGlanz Blood Tonic iron remover.

    Finally I seal the wheels with either Car Chem wheel sealant or some wheel wax. Hopefully this makes it easier to clean next time.

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    Another yay for the Bilt Hamber, atom mac is a must for the winter.

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    Autobrite products are also worth a shout, purple rain is good removes most crap, they also do very cherry wheel cleaner (Acid and non-acid).

    Once a year I use the acid very cherry cleaner followed by the purple rain after that seal them with a sealant or wax. Maintenance through the year I just use the non acid version of the very cherry cleaner, it's always worked on my EP3 alloys anyway.

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    Auto finesse "Iron Out" works really well on the sort of contamination pictured above

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    I can also vouch for Dragon's Breath not doing the job, despite its high price and supposed positive rep. Was pretty disappointed tbh.

    Just had my alloys refurbed (as I think some of the lacquer had come off, allowing brake dust to get really stuck in) and I plan to clean them every week at least. I'm trying out Supaguard brake dust repellent at the moment but will probably be looking at a proper wax product next.

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    My advice is to ceramic coat the wheels. I had mind done with the rest of my car.

    Below is a photo before and after cleaning following a 800mile trip to the Ring and Spa.

    Cleaning all four took 20min with only a mitt and shampoo.



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