Clean Wheels | What’s the Best Wheel Cleaner?

Clean wheels are the cherry on the top of your tire experience at my tire shop. 

So installing over 4,000 tires a year, that’s a lot of clean wheels!

European cars, like BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and Volkswagen, use metallic brake pads that leave the black dust on the outside of the wheels.  Other cars use ceramic brake pads that are harder to see.

Brake dust is corrosive on wheels, particularly chrome and powder-coated finishes.

Car-wash soap won’t work and You’ll need a proper wheel cleaner to keep your wheels clean, the mild 

What’s the best wheel cleaner I’ve used? 

At the shop, we use Dark Fury, a body-shop safe wheel & bug cleaner made by Superior Products of South Roxana, Illinois.

Dark Rage works like an acid cleaner on heavy wheel dirt, but it’s acid-free and safe for any painted and plated surface. It works great for bugs on windshields and to clean gutters and RV’s. 

Diluted 4:1, it’s an economical way for us to shine for our customers!

At the shop, we spray it on and leave for a few minutes, before agitating with a brush and hosing it off. 

See how it works on the brake dust of this Mercedes GLK350 —

For the occasional wheel clean, I recommend Chemical Guys Signature Blue Wheel Cleaner – Simply spray it on when you’re in line for the car wash, or use it with a pressure washer, the results are amazing!

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