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Ferrex as a wheel cleaner?

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I'm looking for a wheel cleaner that is great with brake dust and requires minimal agitation

Essentially I am looking for something I can spray on the wheel, rinse off with a hose, and then bring my car into the garage to proceed into rinseless washing

Would Ferrex fit the bill?

Or is using it as a weekly wheel cleaner inappropriate? Thanks

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Yes, that's exactly what FerreX is formulated to do, though agitation will depend on the brake dust buildup.  If you follow the ONR wash with Opti-Seal or Spray Wax, you would reduce the buildup and might get by with simply washing it off.  You can use FerreX weekly but that will get expensive.

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Oh, now I see more where you were going in that other thread.  Let me put it this way...if your wheels have a lot of buildup or if you have pads/rotors that shed a lot of particles (or your driving style encourages that...ahem), then you are likely to have to do a lot of agitation, especially the first time.

Once you get them clean, you may be able to get away with the spray-and-rinse if you're doing it weekly.  To help with that you might want to think about coating the wheels, or at a minimum use a spray sealant or wax weekly when drying, that will go a long way.  There are also some spray on/hose off SiO2 products that are good for things like wheels, that you could do outside after the Ferrex, and refresh it every month or two.

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15 hours ago, Setec Astronomy said:

Oh, now I see more where you were going in that other thread.  Let me put it this way...if your wheels have a lot of buildup or if you have pads/rotors that shed a lot of particles (or your driving style encourages that...ahem), then you are likely to have to do a lot of agitation, especially the first time.

Once you get them clean, you may be able to get away with the spray-and-rinse if you're doing it weekly.  To help with that you might want to think about coating the wheels, or at a minimum use a spray sealant or wax weekly when drying, that will go a long way.  There are also some spray on/hose off SiO2 products that are good for things like wheels, that you could do outside after the Ferrex, and refresh it every month or two.

Thanks for the reply

I tend to wash late at night and was originally looking for a solution that did not require running water so that I could do everything inside my garage. I haven't found one that worked (undiluted Power Clean was not enough to get all the brake dust off my wheels) so I figured I would give Ferrex a try this weekend.

Because it's late at night with no outdoor cover and no outside lighting, I wanted a solution where I can foam the product on the wheels and then rinse off using a regular garden hose (giving the car a nice pre-rinse as well). Then I could pull the car indoors and ramp right into a rinseless wash. I do live in a safe neighborhood but I'd rather not be agitating with wheel brushes and barrel brushes at midnight in near pitch black conditions outside.

I do clean the wheels weekly. I do use Hyperseal as a drying aid on the wheels (applied to the barrel via a microfiber barrel brush and applied to the face of the wheels via a mitt)

Will report back with this weekend's findings :)

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To be honest I haven't developed a rinseless wheel regimen that I'm happy with.  Partly because I have tons of conventional shampoo, I tend to do a conventional wash on wheels, even if I am doing  a rinseless on the rest of the car.  A lot of this is to scrub the tire, and maybe that will change if I ever run out of tire dressing and switch to a coating.

Again I would suggest a coating on the wheels, that will go a long way towards helping you get to a "spray and rinse" result.  Not sure how Gloss-Coat will hold up to Ferrex; I have some old Opti-Coat 2.0 I use for wheels.

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FerreX should not remove ceramic coatings - though like anything, using it frequently will reduce the coating over time.  I agree with Setec that applying a coating or sealant will make wheel cleaning easier.

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