View Full Version : Cleaning your rims

23-06-2009, 11:29 PM
Hi all

Just wanted to get a few opinions on or of any products that anyone uses to clean their rims. I have a few spots of brake dust and little bits of tar on my rims (20in Pentagons) that im having real trouble removing.


23-06-2009, 11:36 PM
Mate with the tar marks im having the same problem with mine.
sorry but i have no info on how to help you to remove that.

LS3 050
24-06-2009, 09:40 AM
Just try a "bug and tar remover" product. I had a tar spot on my duco behind front wheel which wouldn't come off with normal washing,:mad: I got some bug and tar remover and it came off first time no worries:)

24-06-2009, 12:08 PM
I use meguiars alloy cleaner, one of their wheel brushes, a large kenco sponge and a hell of a lot of elbow grease!! :D Also, for tar etc, I use my fingernails to get it off - wont come off any other way...for me.
Just with the bug and tar remover - be careful to follow the instructions, some of them can remove protective coating off rims and paint.

Cheers, Scott.

24-06-2009, 05:58 PM
Like Brockfan05 said, lots of elbow grease. First trick is not to let them get to dirty by allowing brake dust to build up on them. Also once there clean give them a coat of polish so muk is easier to get off next time. As for the tar spots a bit of kero or petrol on a rag and it will wipe off.

24-06-2009, 06:37 PM
Soap and water. I'm told Coca Cola or Lemon works as well. But if I used any acidic or abrasive substane I would be very careful. And most rims are painted finish so a polish will help.

24-06-2009, 11:36 PM
thanks for the help, will try the ideas when she gets her next bath.

25-06-2009, 01:29 PM
a quick bit of petrol on a rag does the trick, but make sure you wash that off and polish the area straight away


go sick
27-06-2009, 12:13 PM
well i wood say the same as glen gj227 & polish the rim`s

06-10-2009, 11:55 AM
a quick bit of petrol on a rag does the trick, but make sure you wash that off and polish the area straight away


Cant beat MR SHEEN too.... Does a good job at Cleaning dust etc, and best of all stuff doesnt stick to it as bad after having used it! I find that mostly just hosing them after gets 90% of stuff off. But for tough stuff Petrol then polishing is great!

11-12-2009, 06:55 PM
I also have 20" pentagon wheels. I use silicone spray on my wheels once I haved cleaned them. it makes them slippery, shiny and hard to stick to. When you do want to clean them everything just slides of. You can get it in presure pack from super cheap auto or most motorbike shops. Motorcross riders spray it on their engines, forks and frames so they can just hose the crap off when their finished. Mr Sheen is also a very good detailer for any shiny metal parts.

08-03-2010, 11:19 PM
Thanks for the tip on Mr Sheen tried it today and works a treat!!!

Sturz GTO
04-05-2010, 08:50 PM
WD40..... also bring up a nice shine aswell