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what to use for wheel cleaning/brake dust removal?

i have some 18" boss chromes on my truck... my normal regimine is to use nxt metal polysh and wheel wax, but thats basically for the polishing step...

i'd like suggestions on a good pre-treatment wheel cleaner. i mean, before i polish and wax the wheels. I had been just hosing them off, then wiping them down with a damp rag, however just hosing them off doesnt remove enough brake dust and dirt, so i've noticed that when i wipe it down clean after with a rag, theres still brake dust and dirt there that can scratch my wheels when i'm wiping em off (and its already happened... there are very very faint scratches on the dish from wiping em down.)

i need a wheel cleaner that i can spray on and hose off, that will take off as much dirt and dust as possible before i wipe em down. any suggestions?
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use this product

http://www.meguiars.com/?wheel-care/...-Wheel-Cleaner

if you cant find that use this

http://www.meguiars.com/?wheel-care/...-Wheel-Cleaner

now use this brush

http://www.meguiars.com/?wheel-tire-...el-Spoke-Brush

lastly WATCH this video good stuff and shows you about the brush.
its called Ultra-Safe Wheel Spoke Brush 10th down under Car Detailing Accessory Demo Videos header
http://www.meguiars.com/video/
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thanks zach! on my way to pepboys now ;o)
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[i wouldnt trust zach..he has black wheels for a reason.]



j/k (notice the sarcasism brackets...lol)
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[i wouldnt trust zach..he has black wheels for a reason.]



j/k (notice the sarcasism brackets...lol)
no remeber dingo i have owned 3 other vehicals before this LOL. but yes there is a method to me madness with black wheels shhh dont tell lol

but i like this new brush i might have to get one
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just use some soap and water
works great for me
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i use OB, a commercial/industrial cleaner to clean my tires. the bad part about OB tho, is you CAN NOT let it dry on ANY painted surface which is clear coated. it works AWSOME for cleaning alot of stuff, just have to be careful, it will etch/cut your clear coat. the other bad thing is, it will etch glass if left on too long. when i was my tires with it, they come out like brand new tires. now for my wheels, i wash them thoroughly every time i wash my truck which is like 3x a week, so brake dust on the rims isnt an issue for me.

as far as getting ob? we buy it in 5 gallon buckets, dad gets it from some distributor, like i said, its not a consumer grade cleaner.

oh ya, and it works wonders on carpet. like carpet flooor mats, come out like new.
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Worked for Butler Tire in Atlanta before i moved back to Dallas. We used Windex. Shines chrome like no other and its cheap.
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just use some soap and water
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ditto thats all i use personally. i just wash the truck with my bucket of soap save the wheels for last and clean it with my sponge that i have for my wheels thats all
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i used to use the meguairs, but the acids in them messed up the clear coat on my center caps. now i use the dupont teflon wheel cleaner, and i clean the whole front clip of my truck with it, great at taking bugs and tar and bird crap off. and doesnt damage the paint.
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my rubber ducky protects my truck from bird crap
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my rubber ducky protects my truck from bird crap
um dude feeling alright today that was a little out of no where...
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Ceramic brake pads. I haven't had brake dust for months :)
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