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    Wheel Cleaner Confusion

    Hi there, I’m new to the forum but not new to Meguiar's products. I've been using them for over 20 years and I think they’re the best in the business. I’m very confused, however, about all of the Meguiar's wheel cleaning products because there are so many on the website:

    Meguiar's Ultimate All Wheel Cleaner G180124
    Meguiar's MB0522 Mirror Bright Wheel Cleaner
    Meguiar's Hot Rims Chrome Wheel Cleaner G19124
    Meguiar's Hot Rims Wheel & Tire Cleaner G9524
    Meguiar's Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Cleaner G14324

    We're talking brake dust here (the Chrome Wheel Cleaner does not apply to this question — at least I don’t think it does).
    I used to use the "blue bottle" Aluminum Wheel Cleaner G14324 on the 16” slotted aluminum (alloy/whatever they’re called) rims on my 1998 Ford Explorer. This cleaner worked so amazingly well that it was almost unbelievable. It was a pleasure to work with. The rims would just literally shine after using this product no matter how dirty or dusty they were beforehand.

    I now have a 2011 Ford Edge, we just put new factory 22” Ford Sport rims on it (see photo). I’ve seen these rims go by many different names, the best I can tell you is that they are called polished aluminum rims with a clear coat.

    It looks to me like I can’t use the "blue bottle" Aluminum Wheel Cleaner G14324 any longer on our new wheels (which is a shame because it worked so good on the old wheels). So I narrowed the Meguiar’s selection down to two products (athough I would still love to be able to use the "blue bottle" product):

    The "pink bottle" Hot Rims Wheel & Tire Cleaner G9524 (which I believe used to be simply called “All Wheel Cleaner”)
    The “black bottle” Ultimate All Wheel Cleaner G180124

    I would prefer not to use the Ultimate All Wheel Cleaner G180124 since it is a gel. I've heard a number of people say that it has a tendency to leave residue on the wheels and even stain a little bit if left too long. I would prefer to use something more similar to the old "blue bottle" compound (which I believe the "pink bottle" compound is like — more watery than gel). Meguiar's states that the "pink bottle" product is “safe and effective on factory painted and clear coated rims and tires” but there is no mention of pH for this product (correct me if I’m wrong but I have read that it is an acidic product which confuses me even more). Meguiar's states that the Ultimate All Wheel Cleaner G180124 gel is “pH balanced”.

    And there is also a fifth product I noticed called Mirror Bright Wheel Cleaner MB0522 wich Meguiar's says is “excellent on wheels that are chrome, aluminum, polished, painted, etc”.

    OMG. Help. Which one do I use? Safety, effectiveness and pH are all of utmost concern. Also, it is safe to use Meguiar's Ultimate Wash & Wax G17748 on our new rims (Meguiar’s says “clear coat safe surfactants gently clean the paint … and is pH neutral” so I assume that this would also apply to wheels, not just the body of the vehicle).

    Sorry for the lengthy first post. I have a few other questions, 1) how long a person can get away without cleaning off brake dust and 2) finding a satin tire dressing product but I'll save them for another post.

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    Re: Wheel Cleaner Confusion

    You can still use the blue bottle Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Cleaner, its just mild.

    I've used the Ultimate Wheel Cleaner a bunch, not sure what people are doing to get a gel, or drying any different than the Hot Rims. Just spray on, brush, and rinse like normal. It is handy for brake dust as well, so at least using once in a while is good.

    I also use the D143 Non-Acid Wheel and Tire Cleaner pretty often... you can dilute that as well for strong to mild.

    So a mild cleaning regularly, and an Ultimate cleaning once in a while is pretty solid.

    And yes, the car soaps are safe too, if you just need real mild.
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    Re: Wheel Cleaner Confusion

    Thanks for the info, the links are helpful. I don't know about using the blue bottle Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Cleaner. The Meguiar's website specifcally states for this product "safe, least-aggressive cleaner engineered specifically for uncoated aluminum and other sensitive materials".

    When I use the Product Advisor for my wheels on Meguiar's website, I select "Factory Clear Coated Alloy OEM Silver" wheels and it recommends either Mirror Bright Wheel Cleaner MB0522 or Hot Rims Wheel & Tire Cleaner G9524 Spray. I think I'll go with the pink bottle Hot Rims Wheel & Tire Cleaner G9524 Spray.

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    Re: Wheel Cleaner Confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by theEdge View Post
    Thanks for the info, the links are helpful. I don't know about using the blue bottle Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Cleaner. The Meguiar's website specifcally states for this product "safe, least-aggressive cleaner engineered specifically for uncoated aluminum and other sensitive materials".

    When I use the Product Advisor for my wheels on Meguiar's website, I select "Factory Clear Coated Alloy OEM Silver" wheels and it recommends either Mirror Bright Wheel Cleaner MB0522 or Hot Rims Wheel & Tire Cleaner G9524 Spray. I think I'll go with the pink bottle Hot Rims Wheel & Tire Cleaner G9524 Spray.
    Our Hot Rims Aluminum can really be used on anything, Hot Rims Wheel & Tire is for clear coated wheels only, and should not be used if the vehicle has painted colored brake components, Hot Rims Chrome Wheel Cleaner is for true chrome plated wheels only, and also should not be used if vehicle has painted or colored brake components. Ultimate All Wheel Cleaner can be used on anything,
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    Re: Wheel Cleaner Confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Winn View Post
    Our Hot Rims Aluminum can really be used on anything...
    So what you're saying is that is 100% safe for me to use the blue bottle Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Cleaner G14324 on the Ford rims (polished aluminum rims with a clear coat) in the photo above in my original post?

    It's kind of misleading because the product description says it's for "uncoated" aluminum. I just don't want to go messing anything ip, the blue bottle stuff works miracles though

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    Re: Wheel Cleaner Confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by theEdge View Post
    So what you're saying is that is 100% safe for me to use the blue bottle Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Cleaner G14324 on the Ford rims (polished aluminum rims with a clear coat) in the photo above in my original post?

    It's kind of misleading because the product description says it's for "uncoated" aluminum. I just don't want to go messing anything ip, the blue bottle stuff works miracles though
    Yes you can use it, especially if you like it, but with that said, it's our least aggressive wheel cleaner, because it has to be mild in order to be OK to use on sensitive wheels. The downside is that it does not have nearly as much cleaning ability as say a product like our Hot Rims Wheel & Tire Cleaner, which, you can also use, since your wheels are clear coated.

    Another option is our Ultimate All Wheel Cleaner, this cleaner utilizes a special chemistry which is safe on any wheel, but it also have very effective cleaning ability, much more than Hot Rims Aluminum Wheel Cleaner.

    Always work on one wheel at a time from to start to finish, when they are in the shade & completely cool to the touch.
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    Re: Wheel Cleaner Confusion

    Thanks so much Nick, I'll just keep using it because it is so excellent.

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