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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-25-2018, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Cleaning wheels... weapon of choice?

Hi all,

I generally enjoy cleaning my cars and bikes but when it comes to the wheels on my Bobber Black... not so much. I have big hands so using a sponge/mitt etc is difficult.

I’d ideally like a nice long brush but it needs to be soft enough not the scratch the black rims and flexible enough to reach all areas.

What are you guys using to make the job as easy as possible?
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Years ago I found a brush in a m/c shop that looked like a mini old fashioned toilet brush... soft bristles into twisted plastic coated wire and then the whole thing bent into a U and the two ends in a handle... works really well... At my age you'll expect me to remember where I bought it? Na!


Like this...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kent-Car-Ca...FWX7886GVCPQGH

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At Autozone I found a sponge that was wrapped in microfiber and was on a handle to get in there. Small enough to get in-between all the spokes. I looked for it on autozone's website but couldn't fine it.

It's similar to this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tool-Auto-C...-/263433123805

Instead of the noodle sponges on this, mine, again, is like a wrapped sponge.
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hand held swifer duster, gets in between the spokes real good
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hand held swifer duster, gets in between the spokes real good
I thought they were just for dusting off dry surfaces... can they be used with soapy water?
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I thought they were just for dusting off dry surfaces... can they be used with soapy water?
Dry only, they quickly remove dust around the rim and between the spokes
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Hi all,

I generally enjoy cleaning my cars and bikes but when it comes to the wheels on my Bobber Black... not so much. I have big hands so using a sponge/mitt etc is difficult.

I’d ideally like a nice long brush but it needs to be soft enough not the scratch the black rims and flexible enough to reach all areas.

What are you guys using to make the job as easy as possible?
Google “spoke brush”. Lot of choices. I have one of the long ones from years ago when I had a need. I guess......I have a need again!

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I’ve had good luck with S100 products. Spray on and rinse off for the most part. It does a good job removing chain lube. I use a paint brush or my fingers on heavily greasy surfaces. It’s worth every penny.
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Making it as easy as possible

Hi Mike,

.....’what are you using to make it as easy as possible?’.....

...when I’m cleaning wheels, first and foremost, what makes it as easy as possible for me is a paddock stand at the back in combination with a scissor jack to pick the front end up off the ground as well.....

....then it’s a mix of everybody elsies suggestions, degreasers, various brushs, sponges, cloths......for rapid drying it all gets a blast from my leaf blower.....

Cheers,

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