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This is a discussion on Cleaning our wheels within the Mustang GT350 Detailing forums, part of the Mustang GT350 Garage category; I don't "wash" mine the typical way, water has never touched my car, not since I got it from the dealership anyway. When I clean ...

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    I don't "wash" mine the typical way, water has never touched my car, not since I got it from the dealership anyway.
    When I clean my wheels I always lift the car so I can rotate the wheels as I clean, and I use a shop light up close.
    I first use an air compressor to blow out brake dust and dirt, then I use a waterless wash product only (and my rims are ceramic coated).
    occasionally I will remove the wheels for a really thorough cleaning of the under carriage and panels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimT View Post
    Has anyone come up with any type of cleaning brush to work between spokes of wheel? Something soft and no scratch? Sorta like a soft bottle brush? Post pictures of what you use.
    yeah Jim I use this Lug Nut Cleaning Brush with my air compressor as the first step to cleaning:
    https://www.autogeek.net/lug-nut-brush.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by DTorres31 View Post
    Has anyone considered ceramic coating, or even looked into it?
    My detail guy is putting Modesta BC-06 on my wheels (as well as on the chrome exhaust tips).
    2018 GT350, Ruby Red w/black stripe, conv. pkg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimT View Post
    Has anyone come up with any type of cleaning brush to work between spokes of wheel? Something soft and no scratch? Sorta like a soft bottle brush? Post pictures of what you use.
    You can get a microfiber wheel mop just about anywhere. I used one on my '17 GT PP, with Chemical Guys Fat Foam (same stuff that goes in my foam cannon). Works a treat!
    2018 GT350, Ruby Red w/black stripe, conv. pkg.

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    Dawn work?...

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    racer172, how long have you had the ceramic coating on your wheels? I tried contacting a local shop who does it, for a quote, but they never responded. Just wondering if it is truly worth it. I see so many different products out there, that I would hate to put anything on paint or wheels that is going to mess it up down the road.

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    I treated mine with Jetseal from Chemical guys a few weeks ago and now you can basically clean them just by hitting them with a hose. I always just use the same soap I use for the body, I'm wary of wheel cleaners. Seen one too many stained calipers and engine cases in my day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DTorres31 View Post
    racer172, how long have you had the ceramic coating on your wheels? I tried contacting a local shop who does it, for a quote, but they never responded. Just wondering if it is truly worth it. I see so many different products out there, that I would hate to put anything on paint or wheels that is going to mess it up down the road.
    Ceramic coating went on my car at 200 miles and I have 980 miles on the car now, and my car never sits outside and has never been exposed to water, so if you're asking how long it holds up I'm not the person to ask at this point. BUT keep in mind the paint on our wheels is VERY cheap and if you look closely you'll probably find a spot that is super thinly painted or not covered at all, many of us have compared notes on that. That being said the sooner you can coat/protect your paint the better and longer it will last. My buddy is a detailer an he applied the CC and gave me a good deal, I think it was $150 if I remember right. But I watched the process, after I removed & cleaned the wheel he then wiped the CC product on, it's something I could do myself. I recommend you watch a YouTube video on applying CC to wheels and then order the product online and then apply it yourself, and that way you can re-apply the CC in a year or 2 if you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cptahab676 View Post
    Dawn work?...
    It probably will; however, it will strip all of the wax (if you put any on).

    I've been using Chemical Guys Fat Foam both in my foam cannon and in my soap bucket, and I like the results. I rinse my car first, then it it with the foam cannon, including the wheels (I use hot water in the soap bottle to get more suds), and let it soak while I prep my wash and rinse buckets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DTorres31 View Post
    racer172, how long have you had the ceramic coating on your wheels? I tried contacting a local shop who does it, for a quote, but they never responded. Just wondering if it is truly worth it. I see so many different products out there, that I would hate to put anything on paint or wheels that is going to mess it up down the road.
    My wheels have Modesta BC-06 (the high temp stuff) on them. I expect it will hold up for several years.
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