Cleaning brakes and rims?

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    New 2019 CTR owner. Forgive if this is a dumb question, but how exactly do you clean the inside of your rims and the rotors and such? What is your technique and products? I've never had a vehicle with this type of wheel. Thanks!
     
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    I use CarPro ironX

    Tip: Ceramic coating your wheels will make cleaning them MUCH easier, I am able to just wash away brake dust with water but for deep cleaning I remove my wheels and ironx them.

    You also don't need to clean your rotors, if you are referring to the caliper, microfiber cloth and hot soapy water is suffice (for this I use CarPro Reset Wash) I have seen chemical reactions on the Brembo paint (paint will discolor to a blotchy light red/pink color) with using aggressive wheel cleaners, so be careful with what you purchase over the counter and use on your wheels/brakes.
     
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    I use Car Guys wheel cleaner and brush with a long handle on it.
     
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    I’ve used Adams wheel cleaner in conjunction with some agitation (wheel Woolies/detail factory brushes) with much success. Cost does add up as I go through a spray bottle after 4 washes, so I’m looking at some other alternatives. Easy to get (Amazon) and use though.
     
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    I use Auto Fanatic's Wheel Cleaning Foam

    I apply via foam cannon

    I spray it away with a pressure washer

    Probably better if I agitate it but I'm just too lazy :)
     
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    #8 Dragnet, Jun 20, 2019
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    I use some wheel woolies that attach to a drill. It takes the majority of the manual scrubbing out of the picture. When you reach the hard to reach points of the wheels around the brembos just pull your car up a foot or so to expose the areas you couldn't reach before. Then clean as usual.
     
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    I use (and sell!) Americana Global Release. It's very similar to IronX but at a better cost point. It works very very well!

    However, I also have ceramic coated wheels so I mostly just hit them with the 40° power washer tip (25° works better probably) at close range and just blast it off. It works for getting it 'pretty good' but if you want truly clean - Release and physical agitation.
     
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    as some mentioned, best to ceramic coat your wheels. i use all gtechniq products on all my cars for last 6 years and use the c5 wheel armor on all my wheels. truly a blessing for car guys. take time to do it, and you'll thank me later.

    not only does it make washing much easier, it also prevents brake dust from not sticking as much as non-coated wheels hence easier washing.
     
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