Bilt Hamber Auto Wheel Alloy Wheel Cleaner 1 Litre Spray Bottle/5 Litre Jerry Can
A non-acid, non-alkaline wheel cleaner that quickly and in over 90% of cases touch less reactive wheel cleaner.
In most cases steel and alloy wheels are either lacquered or painted these coatings protect the metallic surface from corrosion and provide attractive finishes to automotive road wheels.
As vehicles brake the dust generated from pads discs and drums is at elevated temperatures, amongst this hot cloud are thousands of particles of hot metallic particles, these bombard the wheel finishes and effectively embed themselves in the finish.
Once lodged they are extremely difficult to remove, acid based wheel cleaners attack these metal particles and effectively attack the particle reducing its size allowing the particle and dirt clinging to it to escape, caustic wheel cleaners are less effective than acid ones on brake dust but can attack organic coatings such as lacquers and paints on short exposure they attack any organic matter accumulated around the embedded particle and produce a seemingly clean surface, however with continued use they will dull and diminish the coating, leaving a wheel surface that needs refinishing.
Safer and more effective auto-wheel works in an entirely different way, and has proven itself by winning independent tests conducted by the UK’s biggest selling automotive magazine even against powerful acid and alkaline cleaners. See the test here!
Auto-wheel’s pH neutral formulations reacts with the oxidising surface of the metallic particle rendering it water soluble, the rapid removal of this microscopically rusted surface reduces the embedded particle size and releases it from the surface, unlike acids this method is harmless to the wheel’s finish and in fact so fast it cleans more effectively – the reaction is seen by a rapid colour change from clear to deep red, after which a simply hose or rinse leaves the wheel spotless. In severe cases a brush can be used to assist the process.
Having over the years used the acidic wheel cleaners, then moved to the gentler Ph neutral stuff I have never really been satisfied with their cleaning ability. I saw BH auto wheel on various forum boards etc and have never used a "bleeding" type cleaner so decided to give it a go.
The car had previously been cleaned a couple of days beforehand and wheels treated with a competetitors wheel cleaner, and had not been driven since, so wheels should have been pretty clean... yeah, OK, you'd think so.... I sprayed two wheels, watched them for about 30 seconds and was underwhelmed, little bit of purple run off but nothing spectacular, anyway, I went into the shed to grab my wheel brush and to also unwind the hosepipe. On my return (about 3 minutes total) the wheels had completely changed colour, Ian Gillan would have been proud of this deep purple tribute. Wheels were agitated slightly with a wheel brush and then hosed off with a trigger spray gun on the hosepipe, the stuff foamed whilst being removed and did take a fair bit of water (pressure washer will probably improve things), however the results were amazing, years of stubborn, ingrained crud from the "corners" of the alloys was simply removed and they were the best I have ever seen them in my four year ownership of the car (03 Volvo XC70), and knowing the previous owner I know that although he was a regular washer he never used specialist products (bucket & sponge or a garage wash). I was on the verge of having the wheels refurbed / powder coated but will now put this off for a while longer, as although not perfect, they now, look clean and not unsightly.
The cleaner does have a chemical type smell, so don't expect pomegranates or strawberries, but it is not overpowering, a small price to pay for an amazing product. If you are unsure / on the fence about the stuff, then try it, you won't be disappointed, I only have a pretty basic type wheel with no fiddly bits, but imagine this could save a lot of time and effort on more intricate designs.
Fantastic service and a just used it today, a great product! Thank you!