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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Cleaning

Creator: Mary Findley, Linda Formichelli | 2009-03-03

They are small and flexible and clean easily around the rims, nuts, and brake holes. Clean aluminum wheels with a metal polish like Flitz, Met-All, or Mary's AlumiBrite. Polishes remove brake dust and oxidation — and, ...

Publisher: Penguin

About this book
Become a green cleaning machine. Fully updated and revised to focus on cleaning the “green” way—naturally, with no chemicals—this guide takes readers room-by- room, teaching them how to clean thoroughly, efficiently, and in an environmentally sound way. New and expanded coverage includes info on making small changes that have a huge impact on cleaning difficult areas, green-ifying personal care products, and more. ·Provides specific cleaning hints and teaches how to clean quickly and efficiently ·Uses only common ingredients, but also provides suggestions for alternatives that readers might like better



112 pages

Corvette Performance Projects 1968-1982

Creator: Tom Benford | 2004-05-03

You may also have mags or aftermarket wheels. Regardless of what your rolling gear is, it has to be cleaned, and your tires have to be dressed, too. I use Busch Chrome Wash and Busch Aluminum Wash on the wheels of my Corvettes, ...

Publisher: Motorbooks

About this book
Of the five generations of Corvettes, the C3 or "shark" models are among the most popular with do-it-yourselfers. Produced from 1968 all the way up to 1982, most C3 Corvettes haven't reached the collector status (and inflated prices) of earlier models. Far from being the black sheep of the Corvette family though, these attractive cars are plentiful (500,000+ were built) and affordable enough that they can be purchased, maintained, and enjoyed by a large spectrum of car lovers. The vast majority are powered by the popular 350ci small block-perhaps the most modified and successful performance engine ever.


Motor trend

Creator: Walter A. Woron | Business & Economics - 1984

Stock, painted wheels are the easiest to care for: just wash them and apply some wax. Chrome, aluminum, and other alloy wheels require more attention. Luckily, there are many fine chemical wheel-care products that make caring for custom ...


Aluminum Directory

How To Clean and Polish Aluminum Wheels, aluminum wheel ...
When cleaned and polished, aluminum wheels have the potential to shine like chrome. Aluminum is a relatively soft metal, which means it responds well to polishing.

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How to Clean Oxidized Aluminum Rims. Discovering stains and pits on oxidized aluminum rims can make anyone throw their hands up in despair. In order to ...

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Steps to Clean Aluminum Naturally . Give it a thorough scrubbing. More than likely, your piece of aluminum has acquired a nice layer of dust. The first step to ...


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  • BooYah Clean

    BooYah Clean! Wheel Cleaner for Chrome, Aluminum, Alloy Rims 24 oz. Best Car Wheel Cleaner with Powerful Natural Eco-Friendly Ingredients that Clean, Polish and Shine. Easy Spray and Wipe Formula is Safe for All Rim and Wheel Types. BONUS Tire Pressure Gauge Included - USA Made and 100% Guaranteed

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    MADE IN THE USA with eco-friendly ingredients that will reveal a deep, lustrous shine on your wheels - without the use of dangerous hydrofluoric and sulfuric acids.
    EASY APPLICATION - Anyone can do it, spray it on, wait 30 seconds, then wipe it dry with a microfiber towel to reveal the shine you've been missing! With no added chemicals, you save water because there is no need to rinse.
    GUARANTEED TO WORK - LOVE THE RESULTS OR WE'LL SEND YOUR MONEY BACK! We keep it simple... If you don't experience the results you expect from our wheel cleaner, we will give you a full refund. No gimmicks or catch. Give it a try risk free!
    BONUS - For a limited time while supplies last, every purchase receives a FREE tire pressure gauge. So after you've cleaned your wheels, make sure your tire pressures are correct to get the best road performance. A $15 value.
    THE CLEAN YOU WANT - Through the molecular power of this mix of water and plant-based elements, you'll have clean, polished and shining rims without streaks, smudges, or greasy residue. Watch as the high foaming spray instantly break up and dissolve stubborn surface grime and brake dust on contact.


  • MOTHERS

    MOTHERS 05101 Mag & Aluminum Polish - 10 oz

    Automotive Parts and Accessories (MOTHERS)

    Rating (246 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    MOTHERS

    Mothers Vs. Simichrome

    My father bought me a tube of Simichrome some years back. The stuff produces a luster in metal so well that I didn't want to change products. But when I looked into getting an 8oz tub of Simichrome (smaller than the 10oz tub of Mothers listed here), I realized that it's more than three times the price. Now I'm trying Mothers after having used Simichrome for years. I know how Simichrome smells, how it acts on metals, how much to use, and how far how much you use can go on the type of metal it is used. Mothers polish is an affective product; it does what they say it does. It puts a very nice luster on metal. However, compared to Simichrome, it doesn't do as well on the relatively harder metals such as the brass of a bullet casing; the bullet casing was a test. Simichrome seems to have finer grits and a more concentrated concoction of chemicals. As a result, it takes less work and less polish to achieve a superior luster.In essence: Simichrome provides a better (more... 4/5 M. Duran "Matthew R. Duran" (USA) - See all my reviews, October 23, 2012

    Great Product. But BE CAREFUL!!!

    0 5/5 K N - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: MOTHERS 05101 Mag & Aluminum Polish - 10 oz (Automotive) Overall a great product. However, be careful if you're polishing a part that's only coated with a thin layer of metal because the metal will be gone. As the case with my chrome headlight housing. I baked apart the headlight assembly to polish the oxidized chrome inside only to end up buying a new headlight. So be careful. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 20, 2010

    Almost magic - and that's the problem

    I bought this product last summer to restore some vintage kitchen canisters made of brushed aluminum. It's almost magic, but in a way that's a problem. I literally spent a day polishing one canister, because I just couldn't ever get to the point where my rags and paper towels weren't continuing to pick up dark oxidized material from the surface. This stuff is so effective, that at some point, you just have to realize that there will always be a microscopically thin layer of oxidation and call it good. The challenge is to leave an even surface without darker or lighter spots. If you start saying "I'm just going to work on that little spot some more", then that little spot will be shiny enough to blind a sniper at two miles, but then it's shinier than everything else, so you you need to work on the other parts for awhile and...well, you see what I mean.I agree that it stinks to high heaven, but I use it in my kitchen anyway. Hey, the two rolls of used reeking paper... 5/5 Park City teacher (Park City, Utah, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: MOTHERS 05101 Mag & Aluminum Polish - 10 oz (Automotive) I bought this product last summer to restore some vintage kitchen canisters made of brushed aluminum. It's almost magic, but in a way that's a problem. I literally spent a day polishing one canister, because I just couldn't ever get to the point where my rags and paper towels weren't continuing to pick up dark oxidized material from the surface. This stuff is so effective, that at some point, you just have to realize that there will always be a microscopically thin layer of oxidation and call it good. The challenge is to leave an even surface without darker or lighter spots. If you start saying "I'm just going to work on that little spot some more", then that little spot will be shiny enough to blind a sniper at two miles, but then it's shinier than everything else, so you you need to work on the other parts for awhile and...well, you see what I mean.I agree that it stinks to high heaven, but I use it in my kitchen anyway. Hey, the two rolls of used reeking paper... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 23, 2011
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    Easy to apply
    Gentle enough to use on a regular basis
    Regular use provides a long lasting benefit to your vehicle
    Apply with a clean cloth and a little elbow grease for a shine


  • Meguiar's

    Meguiar's G14324 Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Cleaner - 24 oz.

    Automotive Parts and Accessories (Meguiar's)

    Rating (21 reviews):
    (3.0/5)
    Meguiar's

    Good foam, strong enough

    0 4/5 Yozhik (Portland OR) - See all my reviews This review is from: Meguiar's G14324 Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Cleaner - 24 oz. (Automotive) Good wheel cleaner - this product is less powerful than the Meguiars All Wheel wash, but it doesn't cause staining of uncoated aluminum and can be used on aftermarket calipers. It is a good alternative to P21S but it does require some scrubbing for best results. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 21, 2010

    Comparable to Sonax!

    0 5/5 Robert - See all my reviews This review is from: Meguiar's G14324 Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Cleaner - 24 oz. (Automotive) This stuff does the job, I own a BMW and brake dust is always an issue. I have used Sonax which is a great product but I was in the market for something cheaper and this did the job. Don't pay any mind to the people below who say it doesn't work, these are your lazy folks who think a magical spray and a water hose will make their wheels clean. Unless you've got a pressure washer, you will have to use a wheel brush to get the results you want. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 11, 2014

    Works Great. Better than Car Wash Soap

    0 5/5 Aaryanna (So Cal) - See all my reviews This review is from: Meguiar's G14324 Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Cleaner - 24 oz. (Automotive) I liked this Meguiar's Aluminum Wheel Wash. I thought it worked great. For light amounts of dirt and brake dust, I just sprayed it on and hosed it off. No wiping or buffing required.For really heavy amounts of caked on brake dust and very hard water spots, I'll admit that I had to use a brush. I sprayed a small section, brushed off my wheels, and the grime just melted away. For this level of dirt, my car wash soap alone (even with a brush) wouldn't do the trick. But this Meguiar's Aluminum Wheel Wash certainly did. It even worked fine in hard to reach places, like corners and around the valve stem. Thank heavens.For both levels of grime, both heavy and light, I think this product works well. In either case, there's no wiping or polishing required afterwards. Just be sure to rinse the soap off thoroughly with water. I was very happy. My aluminum wheels looked like they were new. This is a product I highly recommend. Enjoy. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 9, 2013
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    Gentle cleaning agents won't harm wheels; The sprayer tip uses a locking mechanism that must be depressed prior to turning the spray tip from the OFF to ON position
    Extreme clean foam grabs the wheel's surface
    Safe, least-aggressive cleaner
    Safe on uncoated aluminum and other sensitive materials
    Meguiar's Hot Rims aluminum wheel cleaner safely cleans uncoated, polished, anodized aluminum or alloy wheels


  • Sonax

    Sonax (230200-755) Wheel Cleaner Full Effect - 16.9 fl. oz.

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    Great results on high-end aluminum and alloys
    Safe for use on wheels various wheel finishes
    Acid-free and pH balanced formulation
    Safe on painted; anodized and clear coated wheels
    Turns red as dirt and grime is penetrated


  • Meguiar's

    Meguiar's G9524 Hot Rims Wheel Cleaner - 24 oz.

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    The sprayer tip uses a locking mechanism that must be depressed prior to turning the spray tip from the OFF to ON position
    Safe for all wheels
    Spray on & hose off
    24 oz spray
    Loosens and dissolves brake dust, road grime


  • AnytimeTools

    Anytime Tools POLISH BUFFING KIT for Mag Wheels, MANIFOLD, ALUMINUM, Stainless Steel, CHROME

    Home Improvement (AnytimeTools)

    Rating (98 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    AnytimeTools

    When the PowerBall won't cut it.

    Unfortunately, or perhaps, foolishly, I own three vehicles with polished aluminum wheels. They are all custom wheels with no lacquer finish to protect them. One is a 4X4 (Isuzu Trooper) that sees duty in all kinds of weather. One is a "classic car" that is generally protected and the last is a PU which is always subject to weather.The Trooper was driven to Kansas City this last winter when they were having some of the worst snow and ice in MO for many years. That meant road salt and other ice melting chemicals were in use while the Trooper racked up more than a thousand miles of driving. The (forged Centerline) wheels were inundated and only washed once before spring. Needless to say, they suffered considerable corrosion before I had a chance to clean and polish them.I had been using the PowerBall to polish the Centerlines, and in the East Tennessee climate, they would become only moderately corroded through the winter and the PowerBall (along with a great deal... 5/5 Amazon Customer - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Anytime Tools POLISH BUFFING KIT for Mag Wheels, MANIFOLD, ALUMINUM, Stainless Steel, CHROME (Tools & Home Improvement) Unfortunately, or perhaps, foolishly, I own three vehicles with polished aluminum wheels. They are all custom wheels with no lacquer finish to protect them. One is a 4X4 (Isuzu Trooper) that sees duty in all kinds of weather. One is a "classic car" that is generally protected and the last is a PU which is always subject to weather.The Trooper was driven to Kansas City this last winter when they were having some of the worst snow and ice in MO for many years. That meant road salt and other ice melting chemicals were in use while the Trooper racked up more than a thousand miles of driving. The (forged Centerline) wheels were inundated and only washed once before spring. Needless to say, they suffered considerable corrosion before I had a chance to clean and polish them.I had been using the PowerBall to polish the Centerlines, and in the East Tennessee climate, they would become only moderately corroded through the winter and the PowerBall (along with a great deal... Read more, August 17, 2010

    Buffing Aluminum

    0 5/5 Dale - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Anytime Tools POLISH BUFFING KIT for Mag Wheels, MANIFOLD, ALUMINUM, Stainless Steel, CHROME (Tools & Home Improvement) I used this kit to polish 4 American Racing rims that were polished but had oxidation marks from my car sitting outside 1 Ohio winter. I first tried a Mothers PowerCone but the foam prevented concentrating the buffing pressure. This buffing kit did the trick. The various shapes and diameters made it possible to reach 99% of the nooks but after the 2nd wheel they started to flatten out preventing getting every nook. I suggest buying 2 kits if you're doing 4 wheels. I bought a second buffing kit from the local Harbor Freight to finish the last 2 wheels. If your rims are not heavily oxidized then the Mothers PowerCone will get the job done. Also, because the metal polish is grease based it's a messy job. Use old clothes and wear rubber gloves or you might end up spending more time cleaning up than polishing. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 26, 2010

    One time use

    0 2/5 vet 66 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Anytime Tools POLISH BUFFING KIT for Mag Wheels, MANIFOLD, ALUMINUM, Stainless Steel, CHROME (Tools & Home Improvement) These are good for one use only.If you try to wash them they fall apart.Don't know what else to say 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 1, 2011
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    Use with any drill (drill in photo is not included)
    Shine your faded wheels, manifolds etc. with this Great PROFESSIONAL GRADE KIT!
    Shanks are 1/4" round and continue with hex shape so it does not slip on your drill.
    Specially designed for polishing recessed aread such as mag wheels, motorcycle wheels manifolds


  • MOTHERS

    Mothers 06024 Polished Aluminum Wheel Cleaner - 24 oz

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    Gentle, yet effective
    Works great on painted, clearcoated, color coated, steel, modular, chrome, custom or factory coated wheels and hubcaps
    This item is not for sale in Catalina Island
    Its unique spray on, hose off design safely penetrates, dissolves and suspends all types of brake dust, grease, dirt, and grime, making rinsing a snap
    Mothers Aluminum Wheel Cleaner is formulated to safely and easily clean uncoated polished aluminum and anodized wheels


  • Chemical Guys

    Chemical Guys WAC303 Wheel Guard Rim and Wheel Sealant - 8 oz.

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    Protects against brake dust, heat, acid raid, water spots, airborne fall out and road contaminants
    Makes cleaning your wheels easy
    Works on all wheels and leaves a durable protective coating on wheels
    Delivers an unmatched high gloss dripping wet shine to wheels and rims
    It gives a extreme shine and high gloss protection to the wheel and rim


  • Bio-Kleen

    Bio-Kleen M00107 Aluminum Cleaner, 32 oz.

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    Removes oxidation, stains and discoloration
    For a mirror finish, follow up with an application of Bio-Kleen Renew fiberglass and metal polish
    Contains corrosion inhibitors to keep rust from returning
    Cleans and brightens aluminum and metal surfaces on your boat, RV and trailer
    Excellent for removing road salt corrosion on your aluminum trailer


  • ALCLEAR

    ALCLEAR (950013) Ultra-Microfiber Wheel Rim Mitt

    Automotive Parts and Accessories (ALCLEAR)

    Rating (5 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    ALCLEAR

    Amazing wheel cleaner without chemicals

    0 5/5 tengku - See all my reviews This review is from: ALCLEAR (950013) Ultra-Microfiber Wheel Rim Mitt (Automotive) Today I tried out the wheel rim mitt on 8 different aluminium wheels and am very happy with the results. Even though the mitt was totally black afterwards, it succeeded in cleaning right to the end. It is now in the washing machine.As a mitt, it is also excellent at accessing awkward areas behind the rims, which would be very uncomfortable for the hands if done with a towel. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 15, 2014

    Easy to soap up and rinse

    0 5/5 BriLip - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: ALCLEAR (950013) Ultra-Microfiber Wheel Rim Mitt (Automotive) First time I ever cleaned my Austin rims without a brush and scraped knuckles! The fit allowed me to really "get in there" all the while feeling every nook and edge, without the concern of scratching my alloys or hands. Easy to soap up and rinse. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 7, 2015

    Excellent Mitt!

    0 5/5 RobM. - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: ALCLEAR (950013) Ultra-Microfiber Wheel Rim Mitt (Automotive) Very pleased with this wheel cleaning mitt. It has done an excellent job in cleaning the brake dust and grime off my wheels. Most importantly the microfiber material protects the wheel finish from scratches. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 29, 2014
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    Professional product, proven one thousand times over, that should not be missing from any garage; Material composition: Polyester 70 percent and Polyamide 30 percent
    With elastic cuff: Prevents slipping and injuries to the hand caused by sharp rim edges
    Extra high pile, fluffy material
    Premium ultra-microfiber wash mitt for gentle cleaning of paintwork, aluminum rims and windscreen
    Brand quality developed in Germany


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