i use a wheel cleaner by turtle wax. its a no acid formula and seems to work quite well at cutting brake dust on the wheels. i also spray my red brake calibers as well. one thing i got that works very well is this wheel brush - http://www.properautocare.com/ezdetailbrush.html gets in everywhere except the area between the front caliber and the wheel. my procedure - spray the tire with wesleys tire cleaner - scrub with a soft brissle tire brush, then spray the wheel with the turtle wax cleaner and use the wheel cleaning brush with soap and water. rinse with water. hope this helps -
JoeC - 04 black/mod red
...and remember, nothing looks better than a clean black car, and nothing looks worse than a dirty black one!
Never found anything that doesn't need elbow grease.
Wet, spray with P21S Wheel Cleaner (PM me if you need source of supply). Use a fiber deep wheel brush and for the calipers and inside spokes use a soft bristle bottle brush ("L" the stem if you can get a wire stem brush).
When you pull wheels, wax the inside with a hard wax like Colinite "Insulator Wax"
Someone on here posted a thread trying like 6 different types of wheel cleaners. They pulled a wheel and divided the inside of the barrel into different sections. They sprayed the different ones in the dif. sections, let sit and sprayed w/ no touching. The results were hevily in favor of Meguiar's Hot Rims. It was amazing to see how much actually came off w/ just a hose. It works great. That being said I don't use it anymore b/c I have CCWs w/ an uncoated aluminum lip. I let the stuff sit on too long and it etched my wheels (not the powdercoated part at all). It's taken tons of elbow grease to get them almost back. The Hot Rims is the shit for any coated or painted wheels, just not raw aluminum.
Pulling the wheels and putting a good coat of wax inside the "barrel" of the wheel helps a lot and makes the cleaning easier. If you don't track the car swap your pads for ceramics, this alone makes a world of difference. :thumb:
My buddy owns a car wash company. I get commercial grade cleaners and dilute it. I put it in a pump up spray bottle and completely dowse the wheels. Then I used a surface brush and a small toilet type to clean the inside and outside of the whees.
Griot's Wheel Cleaner. Advertised as safe for all types of wheels & approved by BBS (mfg. of wheels for Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche, Audi, etc). Does not remove the brake dust as efficently as Meguiar's Hot Rims but I figured better safe than sorry. As others have posted, no way around the elbow grease.