View Full Version : Best Way to Clean the Factory Wheels?

10-08-2004, 10:33 PM
Anodized wheels on a bike...new concept to me...how the hell do I clean these things? Used to be on Powder coated wheels, I would just use WD-40 on a rag and wipe the wheels clean.

These Blue Factoy wheels require a little bit more effort which cuts into my riding time. What cleaners are people using out there that actually work without harming the wheels but require little to no wiping...does such a beast of a chemical exist?

10-08-2004, 10:53 PM
I purchased front and rear Pitbulls. That and WD-40, have cut my cleaning time to literally 10 mins a wheel. Best money ever spent.

10-08-2004, 10:56 PM
This is what I suggest and use. Some people like and some people do not. I simply go down to the local grocery/walmart and pick up some 409. I usually use the 409 at full strength, but if you feel it may be two strong I have also diluted the concentrate by half. I does not really matter, but both seem to clean my wheels quite easily. It is cheap, you can buy it just about anywhere and I have not seen it damage my wheels at all. Although I do like to wax my wheels to make sure they have a good protective coat on them.
Also, I have used Honda Polish. It works well, removes dirt and protects at the same time. It is not that expensive and you can use it to clean anything and everything on your bike. Either way both work well the Honda Polish just saves you a step.
Good Luck,

10-08-2004, 11:04 PM
Honda Polish for everything.:plus:

10-09-2004, 12:25 AM
409 works on everything:D

10-09-2004, 08:39 AM
This is the best I found and works awesome. The wheels come out brand spankin new.

Griots Garage (http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog.jsp?L1=L1_1000&L2=L2_1002&SKU=11106)

These brushes make it even easier.

Griots wheel brush (http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog.jsp?L1=L1_1000&L2=L2_1002&SKU=15220)

10-09-2004, 02:10 PM
I have to use WD-40 on my wheels, theres something wrong with em.If I use Honda polish the turn a faded color with in 30 seconds, Wd-40 is the only thing I found that makes mine come close to shining.

10-09-2004, 09:40 PM
Try Plexus bike polish.....Its great for wheels and bodywork...,

10-10-2004, 08:23 AM
Plexus is good stuff for the body work, but I have not tried it on rims yet. WD-40 seems to be the best thing I have tried yet to clean rims. Just watch the overspray with the WD-40, it makes tires really slick. Plexus does have an evil side also. I was cleaning bike part in the kitchen last winter, and did not notice that I was overspraying it onto the tile floor. I never noticed, but when my wife walked through the kitched, she immediately noticed when she went sliding into the wall.


10-11-2004, 09:00 PM
Take care with the WD40

I told a mate to use it on his Honda...and he used it on the brake rotors too.

They came up very clean indeed. He then rode the bike down his drive and straight into the wall at the end cos it wouldnt stop.... he he... Funny that! :D

Fortunately no damage. When he said his brakes failed I realised what he'd done and was laughing so hard I fell over and grazed my hand. He he:banana:

10-11-2004, 09:14 PM

That reminds me of the guy in autoshop (high school) that oiled his brakes because they squeaked too much. True story.

RZ Rob

10-11-2004, 09:25 PM
I can understand the 409 and the WD40,but waxing your wheels??Come on guy's LOL

10-11-2004, 10:05 PM
Lemon Pledge!!!

10-11-2004, 10:18 PM
Plexus does an awesome job on my white OZ's. If you have stands, you can be riding in 15 minutes!

10-17-2004, 10:41 PM
Simple Green is the only thing safe. 409 attacks aluminum try spraying it on a piece of unfinished alum and see.