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Thread: Suggestions for cleaning and maintaining basket weave wheels?

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    Suggestions for cleaning and maintaining basket weave wheels?

    What are you guys with basketweave wheels (BBS RS, RX, and others) doing to keep them looking their best? I've been using Eagle 1 cleaner or diluted Meguiar's "Wheel Brightener" (the purple stuff) in combination with Wheel Woolies on my E28's painted M5 wheels. (My E24 has polished BBS RS's so I have to be careful which cleaner I use on those.) Anything to make this job easier?

    Is it really necessary to wax in between all the spokes? Besides being a tremendous amount of work, it seems that the next cleaning with a decent wheel cleaner would immediately remove the wax anyway.
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    These are such a PITA! The best way of keeping them clean is... to not have to clean them. There are brake pads out there that dust very little, but you are always sacrificing initial bite and modulation IMO. Eagle one is a great cleaner for both, sidewalls and rims, but boy did they screw up with new style blue bottles!

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    For about 20 years I've been using PBR "Deluxe" brake pads which seem like a good compromise between performance and low dusting. But as you say it's still a PITA keeping them clean.

    Knowing how anal some owners can be, I'm mainly curious how many actually go through the trouble of waxing the spokes of these wheels.

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    Rejex used to be a popular sealant for wheels. Tough, resistant to most everything, and lasted quite a while.

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    ^ Good to know.

    I used Poorboy's wheel sealant and I was not impressed to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnZ3MC View Post
    Rejex used to be a popular sealant for wheels. Tough, resistant to most everything, and lasted quite a while.
    Have you ever used Menzerna/Jescar PowerLok and if so, how does it compare to Rejex?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy4trains View Post
    Have you ever used Menzerna/Jescar PowerLok and if so, how does it compare to Rejex?
    I've used PowerLok for the last three years or so, on Maybelline and on my DD and the wife's DD. I never let it go to the point of nothing because I just can't wait that long so I'll recoat after 5 - 6 months at the most. It stays really slick to the touch and beads H2O like the dickens, even after our mildish winters. I've used PowerLok on Maybelline, paint and wheels and the wheels clean up like a dream. A light pressure wash and a swipe with a microfiber towel and they're perfect again.

    I've never used Rejex but do remember it was popular for wheels in the early days of sealants entering the market. I've just checked current prices for Rejex and it's not reasonable any more. Now comparable with most sealants so no huge value any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnZ3MC View Post
    I've used PowerLok for the last three years or so, on Maybelline and on my DD and the wife's DD. I never let it go to the point of nothing because I just can't wait that long so I'll recoat after 5 - 6 months at the most. It stays really slick to the touch and beads H2O like the dickens, even after our mildish winters. I've used PowerLok on Maybelline, paint and wheels and the wheels clean up like a dream. A light pressure wash and a swipe with a microfiber towel and they're perfect again.

    I've never used Rejex but do remember it was popular for wheels in the early days of sealants entering the market. I've just checked current prices for Rejex and it's not reasonable any more. Now comparable with most sealants so no huge value any more.
    Thanks. I've been using PowerLok for awhile now but not on the wheels. Next wash I'll give it a shot.

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