Wheel cleaning, specifically. I have recently upgraded my brake pads, from the original Lexus spec pads, to EBC Red Stuff. The increased stopping power comes at the price of brake dust, specifically what used to be four weeks of accumulated brake dust happens in one week, but no where near the level a German car produces in one week. I like experimenting with products, so I thought well, let’s see how inexpensively I can clean my wheels. The concoction above is surprisingly effective on light to moderately dirty wheels; it does require agitation. For further context, the original finish on my 173k wheels has started degrading, so EVERYTHING sticks to wheel and particularly the barrel, the concoction has been effective. On a wheel with a nicer finish, the results may be even better.
I posed the question to OPT because I want to know if the encapsulation that I was observing is due to the nature of the water or due to the ONR.
Something that I am 100% sure of is that ONR increases the dwell time of the cleaners I have added it to, meaning evaporation doesn’t happen as quickly. It has also helped any dried on dirt rinse more freely, think Coin-op car wash scenario. Washing all of the wheels\tires with this combo and a one gallon of ONR at 128:1, all before pretreating the paint with a *normal* soap and doing the first rinse of the entire car.
In my specific application, 1:1:30 nets me 32 gallons of wheel cleaner at the price of 1 Gal of Gold Class at ~$14, 1 Gal of ONR at $40, and 1 Gal of RO H20 at $0.25. My concoction still needs further testing to make sure that it is truly effective for my desired results. If it does, the potential savings is quite nice. For perspective one would have to buy four gallons of P&S brake buster used at 1:10 to be capable of hitting 32 gallons of wheel cleaner, which would cost ~$92, so maybe a $40 savings. Unless P&S Brake Buster can be diluted to 1:13 and still be effective, then the price differential may drop down to ~$17, which at that point I’d buy the P&S.