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I also have wal-mart sold cleaning products such as the eagle one wheel/tire cleaner. It does a better job than car wash soap, but i agree that it doesn't REALLY do the best job on stubborn stuff.

Your strong cleaners are going to have an acid base. Oxylic, phosphoric, and hydrochloric. Just look for the active ingredients though you need to work quickly since acid can haze surfaces and cause harm.

The next group of cleaners are safer than acids which are solvent based. Amazing Roll Off, and Eimann Fabrik Hi-Intensity Cleaner are stronger ones than most wheel cleaners.

Do not let cleaner dry on your rim, use a soft brush for stubborn brake dust, or a cool product which I want to try is:

Wheel Wax is also a good product which supposedly removes those tiny black dots that wheel cleaner and tar remover can't. I'm going to pick some up the next chance I get.



Simple Green seems about as effective as regular wheel cleaners.
 

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I just cleaned my wheels yesterday because I was rotating my tires and I actually just used simple green which removes the previous wax I had on it.

This always works well for me because I can clean the back and inside of the wheel with ease.

Then I use a power shot cleaner spray (like nitro blast) on the calipers, then I touch up paint them because they always get chips in the paint.
 

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bad idea. . .

any wheel cleaner that claims to be spray on, hose off is corrosive, and will eat the finish over time, even more so if you ever let it dry on the finish.
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It's acid free and based on solvents which isn't that corrosive. I've personally tried it and you are going to need agitation because there's no product on the market that's truly 100% spray on/rinse off.

It's a good cleaner for what it is though there are stronger "acid based" cleaners out there.
 
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