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Cleaning alloys

Post by Gaznrx8 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:16 pm

Has any of you found a brush that will clean the inside of the lip behind the spokes on the standard m140i alloys ?

I always seem to miss this as you have to have tiny hands to clean inside the spokes.

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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by Menace » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:48 pm

Gaznrx8 wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:16 pm
Has any of you found a brush that will clean the inside of the lip behind the spokes on the standard m140i alloys ?

I always seem to miss this as you have to have tiny hands to clean inside the spokes.

Thanks
I use a standard sized detailing brush with a cut down handle which I can then move around the wheel between the hub and the gutter. I use it in with Bilt Hamber auto wheel spray and do so every other week so tend not to have too much dust build up to deal with - never been much of an issue for me.
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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by ryzie » Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:28 pm

i use a brush like this bent at 90' angle works pretty good

https://www.homebase.co.uk/kent-car-car ... sh_p736801

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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by W80BUC » Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:35 pm

Get a set of original wheel woolies. You get three in a pack and all work perfectly in the right areas.
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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by neilmcl » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:26 pm

W80BUC wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:35 pm
Get a set of original wheel woolies. You get three in a pack and all work perfectly in the right areas.
They struggle to fit these alloys although they are the best wheel brush imho. I'd try the Microfibre Madness "flat" Incredibrush as an alternative.

Or for tiny areas like the one the OP describes would a toothbrush do?
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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by Jiggaman » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:30 pm

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... reId=10001

I use one of these and seems to do a good job.
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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by W80BUC » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:39 pm

neilmcl wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:26 pm
W80BUC wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:35 pm
Get a set of original wheel woolies. You get three in a pack and all work perfectly in the right areas.
They struggle to fit these alloys although they are the best wheel brush imho. I'd try the Microfibre Madness "flat" Incredibrush as an alternative.

Or for tiny areas like the one the OP describes would a toothbrush do?
I use these on my one with the same wheels, tight fit but do work.
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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by Gaznrx8 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:50 pm

W80BUC wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:39 pm
neilmcl wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:26 pm
W80BUC wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:35 pm
Get a set of original wheel woolies. You get three in a pack and all work perfectly in the right areas.
They struggle to fit these alloys although they are the best wheel brush imho. I'd try the Microfibre Madness "flat" Incredibrush as an alternative.

Or for tiny areas like the one the OP describes would a toothbrush do?
I use these on my one with the same wheels, tight fit but do work.
I've ordered the wo wo mitt for the alloys and spokes. But need something for the inside back of the alloys.

Does the incredibrush flat fit between the calliper and the alloy ? Looks a tight fit.

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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by neilmcl » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:58 pm

Gaznrx8 wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:50 pm
W80BUC wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:39 pm
neilmcl wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:26 pm

They struggle to fit these alloys although they are the best wheel brush imho. I'd try the Microfibre Madness "flat" Incredibrush as an alternative.

Or for tiny areas like the one the OP describes would a toothbrush do?
I use these on my one with the same wheels, tight fit but do work.
I've ordered the wo wo mitt for the alloys and spokes. But need something for the inside back of the alloys.

Does the incredibrush flat fit between the calliper and the alloy ? Looks a tight fit.

Cheers
I believe it does, which is the big issue for the wheel woolies which tend to catch on the caliper and discs, especially the biggest of the three.

There's a channel on youtube called the Forensic Detailing Channel that has video reviewing the complere Microfiber Madness range. The guy owns a M135i and really rates the Incredibrush for his alloys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMh3E4khm0I
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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by Gaznrx8 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:01 pm

Thanks Neil

I'll order one.

Cheers

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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by Paul CS » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:05 pm

Flat microfibre duster for me like this...

https://youtu.be/09eYON1MAAA

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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by neilmcl » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:08 pm

Gaznrx8 wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:01 pm
Thanks Neil

I'll order one.

Cheers
My tools of choice for the alloys on my 120D, are Wheel Woolies, but like I say the big one struggles around the discs and calipers and is a bit tattered now because of it, so my next purchase will be the Incredibrush as I really rate their range of products. I tend to use the brushes to clean the barrels of the alloys and use a mitt and smaller detailing brush for the faces and in and around the spokes.

The alloys on my newer 120D are breeze compared the last ones and so much easier to clean than those on the M140i/M135i.
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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by neilmcl » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:10 pm

Paul CS wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:05 pm
Flat microfibre duster for me like this...

https://youtu.be/09eYON1MAAA

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Very similar to the Microfiber Madness Incredibrush (flat version).
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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by Gaznrx8 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:28 pm

Bought and used the microfibre madness incredibrush (flat) and doesn’t fit between the calliper and the alloy unless use force it in and risk damaging the brush :(

Used the wo-wo wheel mit and very pleased with that.

So anyone wanting the incredibrush I’ll sell it you if the place I bought it from won’t take it back.

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Re: Cleaning alloys

Post by neilmcl » Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:33 pm

Gaznrx8 wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:28 pm
Bought and used the microfibre madness incredibrush (flat) and doesn’t fit between the calliper and the alloy unless use force it in and risk damaging the brush :(

Used the wo-wo wheel mit and very pleased with that.

So anyone wanting the incredibrush I’ll sell it you if the place I bought it from won’t take it back.
That surprises me considering the video I linked showed the chap using the Incredibrush on his M135i alloys without any issue.
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