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      04-30-2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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Tips for first wheels off detail?

Been detailing the families cars for a while now (helps pay for the hobby) but will be doing my first wheels off for my e92, e70 and fam's carrera GTS and x3...any tips, tools, products anyone would recommend?

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      04-30-2012, 11:03 AM   #2
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give it a sonax bath first and agitate with all the brushes. then when the wheel is off get some ironx on there and then clay for anything that didnt come off. that should be a good 95% perfect at least depending on how bad the inner barrel of the wheel is. hope that helped
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give it a sonax bath first and agitate with all the brushes. then when the wheel is off get some ironx on there and then clay for anything that didnt come off. that should be a good 95% perfect at least depending on how bad the inner barrel of the wheel is. hope that helped
Thanks!, yeah I think that will work for 3 out of 4...my father in law's X3 has awful inner barrels...not sure what happened as he has only had it since this time last year; but when I did my first detail on it last summer there was A LOT of stuff I couldn't get off with sonax, ace turbo stick, scrubbing etc (with wheel on of course)...what would you suggest for that?
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Once cleaned, throw on a coat of wax made for wheels. I just got some Mint Rims recently.
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Thanks!, yeah I think that will work for 3 out of 4...my father in law's X3 has awful inner barrels...not sure what happened as he has only had it since this time last year; but when I did my first detail on it last summer there was A LOT of stuff I couldn't get off with sonax, ace turbo stick, scrubbing etc (with wheel on of course)...what would you suggest for that?
if the wheel stays on then you cant do much more than just the sonax and agitation. im sure the inner barrel looks fine when on the car and as long as the face is 100% clean the wheel as a whole will look good too. if you really want to clean it take off the wheels and go for sonax, ironx, clay for 100% clean wheels and top off with a rim sealant or wax
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opticoat the wheels, best thing for BMW wheels, and other wheels! Im starting to offer it to all my clients now since clean up is SOOO much easier from then on! No more sonax is needed!

Take wheels off
sonax and let them soak for a while
agitate and rinse
clay and clean whatever else didnt come off
opticoat wheel
allow to dry before touching and re-installing (two min)
re-install wheel

future washings should be done with just soap and water from then on!

if super bad, meguiars wheel brightener would/should take care of it, but use it sparingly as its an acid. Dont spray on a dry wheel, dont leave it on too long, dont let it dry! Spray on, let dwell for 30 seconds, work it and remove the brake dust, rinse off thoroughly, re-wash with a regular shampoo to neutralize the acid
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My CPO e92 with style 230's had major build up in the inner barrels. I had to use sonax and 0000 steel wool. Nothing else worked.
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Thanks for all the responses...great info for sure!
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Once its all cleaned, I recommend coating it with Opt-coating. It's lot more durable that a wheel wax. From here, just use regular car soap to clean the wheels bi-weekly.
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