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ken6217
07-04-2006, 07:02 PM
I have an '06 M3 with the Competition Package. What a royal P.I.A. to clean these wheels. Even to do a half ass job it takes longer than washing the car. Right now I am just using a cloth. Does anyone know a good method or tool for cleaning these wheels> Also how do I get past the "spokes"?

Thanks a lot.
Ken

///M3lissa
07-04-2006, 07:17 PM
Yes!!!

I have the exact same wheels. I've tried quite a few different tools, and so far, I like these (http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog.jsp?&SKU=15220) from Griots. They last me a month of two each and I can reach inside the wheel with them (I do wish they were about 2 or 3 inches longer, but they work)

Johnz3mc
07-04-2006, 11:17 PM
Boys,
If you like those from Griots, try a sash brush. You'll be amazed.
-John C.

ken6217
07-05-2006, 07:54 AM
Boys,
If you like those from Griots, try a sash brush. You'll be amazed.
-John C.

What's a sash brush?
Ken

///M3lissa
07-05-2006, 08:06 AM
Boys,
If you like those from Griots, try a sash brush. You'll be amazed.
-John C.

Are girls allowed to try too? :p

I believe he means this, and we are supposed to tape the ferrule (metal part? so it doesn't scratch)

http://images.orgill.com/200x200/6767206.JPG

ken6217
07-05-2006, 09:02 AM
Are girls allowed to try too? :p

I believe he means this, and we are supposed to tape the ferrule (metal part? so it doesn't scratch)

http://images.orgill.com/200x200/6767206.JPG

Oh, a paint brush?

Johnz3mc
07-06-2006, 12:30 AM
Oh, a paint brush?
That's it. I use one, a natural fiber and probably a boar's hair brush, about 2.5 inches. Tape around the metal part.
The bristles are soft so they don't harm the clearcoat and do a wonderful job cleaning the little tight places and corners.
As an added bonus, the long bristles get into the brake calipers to keep them looking sharp.
The sash brushes are cheap and last a long time and are found at all paint shops.
Normally, they're used to paint sashes, the little wood trim parts around windows and other decorative areas.
Sorry for the gender boo-boo Melissa, sometimes I'm just a doofus and don't read names carefully.
-John C.

Technic
07-06-2006, 04:53 AM
I have an '06 M3 with the Competition Package. What a royal P.I.A. to clean these wheels. Even to do a half ass job it takes longer than washing the car. Right now I am just using a cloth. Does anyone know a good method or tool for cleaning these wheels> Also how do I get past the "spokes"?

Thanks a lot.
Ken

I use this brush...

http://www.meguiars.com/estore/products/product_X1160.jpg
http://www.meguiars.com/?wheel-tire-brushes/Ultra-Safe-Wheel-Spoke-Brush

... some cheap wheel cleaner from any parts store and a pressure washer. The brush is only used for the times that the inside of the wheel is really "gunky", otherwise the pressure washer and the cleaner take 95% of the dirt/brake dust. I changed my calipers and the pads, so I have less brake dust now than with the OEM calipers/pads anyway, so the cleaning is several times less than before. :thumbup:

DJ_INHALE
07-07-2006, 08:59 PM
rubber gloves and paper towels

competetion wheels are tough? try the stock m3 wheels? damn. plus some is of the color is gun metal so its hard to tell if its clean or not sometimes :(