Dec 2nd, 2011, 12:16 PM
Hello all, this is only my second post, but since everyone was so helpful last time i thought id do so again!
Since ive had my mini, almost 6 months now, i clean it religiously. It comes up rather nicely just with good quality car shampoo etc. However, even though the shampoo gets the new breakdust and general crap from the wheel spokes, there is some old yellowy/orangey coloured stains on the white alloys in places - obviously from where previous owners didnt clean them as often as me and regular shampooing etc wont shift it.
Any ideas for shifting such long dried in stains on white alloys? Any product suggestions specifically for the white wheels would be really appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
Dec 2nd, 2011, 05:00 PM
have a look at this link see if its any help
Wheel care | Product Awards 2010 | Products | Auto Express (http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/products/product_awards_2010/251545/wheel_care.html)
there is also a link on the right to see what are the best rated cleaners and sealers.
once you have cleaned them with a wheel cleaner if it does move it try something like auto glym polish or a very very fine polish see if it moves it.
if you try wheel cleaner try it somewhere you will not see it in case i think they advise that on the packet anyway.
then use a sealing product to seal the wheels that will help next time you clean them
hope this helps
Dec 3rd, 2011, 12:49 PM
I can't imagine a worse colour for wheels than white to try to keep clean!
Since they stopped using asbestos in brake friction materials the I think there is alot more dust given off by them.
I use a specialist wheel cleaner, after that a good rinse with lots of water before drying and a coat of polish.
There is a special wheel wax that's supposed to make the wheels easier to clean, not tried it myself so can't comment on it's efficiency.
Dec 3rd, 2011, 12:54 PM
Try this one Valetpro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner& Poorboys Wheel Sealant | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Valetpro-Bilberry-Wheel-Cleaner-Poorboys-Wheel-Sealant-/140578850765?pt=UK_Car_Accessories_Car_Care_Cleani ng&hash=item20bb2707cd) :wink:
Dec 5th, 2011, 08:32 PM
I can recommend Autoglym Wheel Cleaner for cleaning the alloys and Poorboys Wheel Sealent for protection, it's awesome and very durable sealent (2 layers and it easily endures half year), dirt and brake dust catches lot less.
Dec 6th, 2011, 09:25 AM
I too have white wheels (and I like them that way!!) It may be brake fluid stains however which could be difficult to budge - perhaps try some cutters if the above suggestions don't shift the stains...
Dec 8th, 2011, 12:03 PM
Poorboys spray and rinse is supposed to be quite powerful, I'm hoping this will remove baked on brake dust from where the spokes meet the rim. I've heard you can use a clay bar. Just need to be careful what you put near your wheels, make sure the product is safe on that type of finish.
Dec 16th, 2011, 03:26 PM
I've heard you can use a clay bar.
I don't think clay will do much help and it's quite hard to work with it on small non-flat surface. Wheel cleaners (especially those strong ones) will do the job much easily. Spray it, wait 1 minute, use the brush to clean it off, rinse it with water. They'll look like new :)