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    Wheel cleaner safe to use? Other wheel questions

    Hey all,
    I have a 2011 WRX with the stock dark grey wheels (is that paint or powder-coat)?

    Can I use Meguiar's All Wheel cleaner on those, or do I need one of their specific wheel cleaners? I used the all wheel cleaner once and the next day it looked like there was just a bit of white residue left over. Is that normal?

    Finally, after washing the wheels, I noticed the next day there was a very thin layer of rust on the rotors. It came off after driving and braking for a little bit, but is that normal and ok too?

    Thanks for all the help!
    2011 Subaru WRX Limited DGM 4 door

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    I have been using Meguair's wheel cleaner on my 2011's wheels for 6 months & have not had any issues so far.I spray on,wait for 15 seconds,wipe with a damp cloth & dry with microfiber.

    Rust on the rotors is normal.Like you said it goes away after driving around.
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    thanks. Are you using their All Wheel cleaner, or one of the more specific ones they make?
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    I use the all-wheel cleaner too. No issues. First weekend I had the car, I did a full wash, clay, polish, and I put a coat of polish/wax on the wheels. Do that, and they'll be easy to clean in the future.
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    I use chemical guys' diablo gel wheel and rim cleaner and an EZ detail brush. no problems and squeaky clean results!
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    Ok, I've been unsuccessful with trying to find the right brush to clean these freakin' wheels. I can't seem to find a brush that gets in-between these narrow spokes. I need suggestions. ??
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    I use a Viking microfiber soft wand for wheels.It gets right in there between the spokes.Now I have to figure out how to get the grime off the inner rim of the wheel without taking the tire off

    http://www.amazon.com/Viking-Microfi...9&sr=8-1-fkmr1
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    I use a Viking microfiber soft wand for wheels.It gets right in there between the spokes.Now I have to figure out how to get the grime off the inner rim of the wheel without taking the tire off

    Amazon.com: Viking Microfiber Metal Free Wheel & Rim Wand: Automotive
    Does that thing have enough "gusto" to clean the wheel adequately? Seems too gentle for dirty wheels...
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    I refuse to use a brush on the wheels.I spray Amazon.com: Meguiar's G-9524 Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner. 24 oz.: Automotive and it loosens the dirt and then use the wand to clean up.
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