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Spray on... hose off... brake dust gone... life is good.
I have used the Eagle A2Z and it is the strongest wheel cleaner I ever tried. But it contains the harshest acids as well, thus I only use it when I've been unable to wash my car for a few weeks and there's that caked on brake dust you get when you've driven in rain, etc for prolonged periods. It works great but will easy through anything. Hell, it burns your skin. And it will cause your brake calipers to look corroded.Ripsnort said:Watch out for some of those "spray on--hose off" products..they contain acids which will etch thru the clear coat of your rims, leaving blotchy marks after a spell...I went as far as contacting the manufacturer on two products (Meguiars and Griots wheel cleaners) only to find Meguiars answer "Yes, it has acids but they're very tame compared to what others on the market use..." (Ripsnort notes it and decides to use it only in extreme cases) and Griots rep said "No acids are used in the product whatsoever" (Ripsnort also notes that this is not quite a spray on and hose off, but does required some elbow work as well)
So in summary, it may be "too good to be true"..but I digress since I know nothing about Eagle products.
I had something to contribute, so I did. ;Patyclb said:TD--I think you've somehow wandered into the wrong forum.
I don't mean this as an authoritative response, but I doubt that their "new formula" is acid-free. I've used it and it cleans as well as the old. I just don't think you can do that without gobs of acid. Call me cynical...webdanb said:The newer form of a2z (in the orange bottle) claims to have no acids. it's supposed to be alkaline based. It gets my wheels pretty darn clean though.
Just thought I'd pass on the info.
You are most likely right on the button with that call. If there's no elbow grease involved something else has to be breaking down the dirt.TD said:
I don't mean this as an authoritative response, but I doubt that their "new formula" is acid-free. I've used it and it cleans as well as the old. I just don't think you can do that without gobs of acid.
Come on Tom none of us would ever do thatCall me cynical...
I have a saying I live by...kind of an oxymoron if you would:TD said:
I don't mean this as an authoritative response, but I doubt that their "new formula" is acid-free. I've used it and it cleans as well as the old. I just don't think you can do that without gobs of acid. Call me cynical...
So you can have harsh bases also. Would you use Draino on your wheels? No acid.webdanb said:The newer form of a2z (in the orange bottle) claims to have no acids. it's supposed to be alkaline based. It gets my wheels pretty darn clean though.
Just thought I'd pass on the info.
I'm currently a satisfied Griots wheel cleaner (smells good!) user, but would welcome a cheaper alternative.Pinecone said:
I have had good luck with Mequiars Hot Rim cleaner. Very mild, but does the job.
From the Meguiar's site:scottn2retro said:I thought I saw in the Meguiar's book a Gold Class version of Hot Rims. Has anyone tried it and what would be the improvement over plain Hot Rims?:dunno:
Griots claims their wheel cleaner is not only clear coat safe, but environmentally safe as well :dunno: It works nicely, but again, its not a spray on-hose off product..elbow work is mandantory.Intermezzo said:
Personally, I stopped using any kind of wheel cleaners at all on my rims because I never let them get too dirty in the first place. Also it's hard for me to believe that any wheel cleaner, no matter how pH-neutral it is, can be clear-coat safe.
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I believe its a licorice smell, anyway, you never have to worry about overspray onto your finish..spray it on, let it sit for 3-4 minutes (1 min. minimum recommended) and then wash your wheels as usual. It won't "instantly dissolve dirt before your eyes" but it does loosen up the caked on stuff making it easy to remove. Works pretty well on tar balls too. I buy it by the gallon now (Cheaper that way, I also buy Speed Shine Detail spray by the gallon) Who knows, maybe its "Simple Green" just re-bottled? :dunno:Intermezzo said:Perhaps I might change my mind about wheel cleaners after trying out Griot's How does the stuff smell? Does accidental inhalation of its overspray cause any lung discomfort?