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And it worked better than I could have ever imagined! I will upload a pic as soon as my phone stops acting retarded...if you want the magic recipe, let me know!
 

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Must be more secret than KFC!
 

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Well, I was thinking about putting out my own line of wheel cleaner but for my fellow LH brothers I will give it for free. The recipe consists of equal parts baking soda, borax, and washing soda. The washing soda comes in bar form so you have to shred it with a cheese shredder. The secret ingredient is lemon juice. Wait until you are ready to clean your rims to add the lemon extract as it interacts with the baking soda to cause a fizzing reaction. Enough water also needs to be added to get the correct pasty consistency. Dab it on your rims liberally and wait ten to twenty minutes to scrub. I used a sponge with the dark green scrub pad on it. You will still need to use some elbow grease but what do you expect!
And yes, it worked very well on the brake dust both fresh and baked on.
If you have chrome rims, I would be a bit cautious as the borax is somewhat abrassive.
I used a half cup of each ingredient and about 6 ounces of lemon juice and that maded enough for one application.
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I've been using Eagle One wheel cleaner spray on at the local car wash. Spray it on and make sure the wheel is completely covered and stays wet. Wait a minute or two and hit it with the high pressure wand and Voila! Clean wheels.

Guess I'm just too lazy to source all these ingredients and mix. The part that really worries me is you say you're using the "sponge with the dark green scrub pad on it". That dark green scrub pad is extremely abrasive...never mind the borax.

Thanks for the tip though.
 

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No scratches on mine...clean as can be. The scrub pad is made of plastic so it should be ok. You could always use something else. But like I said, if you have chrome, be cautious.
 

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OK. I just refuse to use a "green" abrasive pad on my wheels. I'm talking about the "ScotchBrite" type pad and what you're using is similar. Chrome plated or not a soft bristle brush or a cotton cloth are the only things that get close.
The Magnum in my Sig has Polished/Painted wheels and my R/T and Special have painted alloys. No "green" pads near them.
 

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The Eagle One and Mothers, etc general wheel cleaners work great without scrubbing. The key is you need to make sure they stay wet with the solution before pressure washing off. I've found if the cleaner dries on the wheel then it isn't as effective. An example is if you pulled into the self-service car wash with hot wheels from hard braking or even normal braking. If the cleaner dries on the hot wheel it won't work as well. Either hit the wheels with the spray wand to cool them off and apply the cleaner or wait until they cool a little bit.
 

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OK. I just refuse to use a "green" abrasive pad on my wheels. I'm talking about the "ScotchBrite" type pad and what you're using is similar. Chrome plated or not a soft bristle brush or a cotton cloth are the only things that get close.
The Magnum in my Sig has Polished/Painted wheels and my R/T and Special have painted alloys. No "green" pads near them.
Yea, that is probably a good idea. I woldn't use my formula unless there was some baked on and thick brake dust that won't come off any other way.
 

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Wasn't trying to hassle you just trying to get a few details clear. Those "green scrub" pads are pretty abrasive even if they are plastic. Don't believe me...try one on the paint of your car and see how it turns out.
 

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It's cool Ronbo...you made some very good points. If my rims were painted or chrome or anything other than the stock rims I guess I wouldn't use the scotch brite pads either.
I've just always been frustrated with the commercial wheel cleaners. In my experience I am better off using Windex than most of the crap they sell these days. Then again I don't think I have tried the Eagle One stuff yet.
 
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