Go Back  MBWorld.org Forums > Mercedes-Benz Sedans > C-Class (W204)
how to keep the rims clean? >

how to keep the rims clean?

Notices
C-Class (W204) 2008 - 2014: C180K, C200K, C230, C280, C300, C350, C200CDI, C220CDI, C320CDI

how to keep the rims clean?

 
Old 05-05-2008, 01:30 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 295
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
C350 4MATIC Premium Package Obsidian Black
how to keep the rims clean?

do you guys have any suggestions on how to keep the rims clean. No matter how much i wash them the brake dust seems to coat them in a couple of days. are there any products that would help to clean them up faster. i spent a good hour yesterday wipping them by hand with half a roll of paper towels. not exactly fun
blastit is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 01:37 PM
  #2  
Almost a Member!
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 64
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
08 C300 Sport P2, AMG; 06 Texas Chopper
Yes there is a way - Don't drive....
pgaduane is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 01:37 PM
  #3  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 1,000
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2013 G63 AMG
yeah, the amount of brake dust that gets onto the rims is retarded!

I think changing the break pads will help out!

and its a real pain to clean the 18'' AMGs

thats why i got a crazy pressure washer!
vcruiser is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 01:48 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 295
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
C350 4MATIC Premium Package Obsidian Black
Originally Posted by pgaduane View Post
Yes there is a way - Don't drive....
yeah...funny.
blastit is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 01:49 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 295
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
C350 4MATIC Premium Package Obsidian Black
Originally Posted by vcruiser View Post
yeah, the amount of brake dust that gets onto the rims is retarded!

I think changing the break pads will help out!

and its a real pain to clean the 18'' AMGs

thats why i got a crazy pressure washer!
cleaning between the twin spokes is a pain in the ***.
blastit is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 01:54 PM
  #6  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
jo17jC230's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Chino Hills, CA
Posts: 1,034
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2008 C300 Sport
Originally Posted by blastit View Post
cleaning between the twin spokes is a pain in the ***.
+1
jo17jC230 is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 01:56 PM
  #7  
Almost a Member!
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 59
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2008 C350, Obsidian Black, P2, MM, Pano, AMG Wheels, i-Pod and Leather
Originally Posted by blastit View Post
do you guys have any suggestions on how to keep the rims clean. No matter how much i wash them the brake dust seems to coat them in a couple of days. are there any products that would help to clean them up faster. i spent a good hour yesterday wipping them by hand with half a roll of paper towels. not exactly fun
After thouroughly cleaning the wheels, apply a wax or, my favorite, an acrylic sealer like Zaino's sealer. This will make future cleaning easier.
9elf S is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 02:11 PM
  #8  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2008 C300 MM Palladium Silver
Over the weekend I tried using TR3 resin glaze polish and the dust came off easily.
cvas is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 02:13 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
misterng's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bay Area
Posts: 253
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2008 W204
Originally Posted by 9elf S View Post
After thouroughly cleaning the wheels, apply a wax or, my favorite, an acrylic sealer like Zaino's sealer. This will make future cleaning easier.
+1, I did that same with Zaino and it lasts 2 weeks of driving before the brake dust really builds up.
misterng is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 02:41 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
itcrashed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: East Bay, CA
Posts: 387
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
MB w204 C300 Sport, Audi B7 A4 2.0TQ, Porsche Cayman 981
+1 for waxing...any old wax should do. It doesn't really prevent dust, but it sure as heck makes it easier to clean. The only way to reduce dust is to change pads to something like Axxis Deluxe or Axxis Ultimates.
itcrashed is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 03:25 PM
  #11  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: nyc
Posts: 802
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
528i, GLK
i was told ceramic breakpads will create less dust.... not sure how true it is.... very tempted to try tho.
webada is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 05:31 PM
  #12  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
360_iti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Posts: 2,255
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
W203, W211, W219, W212
Ceramic pads produce practically no dust, I swear by it. I have been using them since last fall. Get Akebono.
360_iti is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 06:04 PM
  #13  
RLE
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
RLE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: SEATTLE WASHINGTON USA
Posts: 3,986
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
'08 C300 Lux Barolo Red Beige Leather P2 MM 18" wheels '84 944
How?

[<<cleaning between the twin spokes is a pain in the ***>>

I can only imagine. Your hands would be better, probably.

Having cleaned my own 18s a few hundred times, I understand. You will now have read dozens of ideas, many of which are too much work and some which can eat the wheel finish or damage the tires.

I use P21S, a spray cleaner approved by the makers of all german car wheels. If you buy it by the small bottle, it's too costly. I buy it by the five-liter refill online which ends up costing about eighty dollars. This sounds like a lot of money but, cleaning the wheels 2-3 times per week, I get about 11 months out a jug of it.

I use a wash mitt which easily fits into the spokes.

Do not use cheapo wheel cleaning sprays, simple green, or a pressure washer.
RLE is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 06:08 PM
  #14  
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 102
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2008 Steel Grey C300 Sport 6MT
Any recommended tool to clean the 18" AMG rims other than a power-washer? Any special sponges/towels to get inbetween the spokes easier than a regular towel?
skillz1318 is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 06:09 PM
  #15  
Super Member
 
Devastator187's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: California
Posts: 556
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2008 Sport C-300, 2003 Accord Coupe V6
Originally Posted by blastit View Post
do you guys have any suggestions on how to keep the rims clean. No matter how much i wash them the brake dust seems to coat them in a couple of days. are there any products that would help to clean them up faster. i spent a good hour yesterday wipping them by hand with half a roll of paper towels. not exactly fun
You can save paper towels and trees by designate a towel just for wheels...
Devastator187 is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 06:12 PM
  #16  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 295
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
C350 4MATIC Premium Package Obsidian Black
Originally Posted by skillz1318 View Post
Any recommended tool to clean the 18" AMG rims other than a power-washer? Any special sponges/towels to get inbetween the spokes easier than a regular towel?
this is what i did take a paper towel and wrap it around your finger. then use it to get between the spokes. there maybe some tool to buy but this works, just timely.

thanks for the products guys. i will give some of them a shot to see what works well for me.

360_iti how much did you pay for the pads? and how long do they last?

edit: do the pads last as long as the regular pads?
blastit is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 07:15 PM
  #17  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
360_iti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Posts: 2,255
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
W203, W211, W219, W212
Originally Posted by blastit View Post
360_iti how much did you pay for the pads? and how long do they last?
I paid 88.30 for my front wheels but they were for the W203. I actually browsed around and couldn't find any ceramic pads for the W204, yet. Btw ceramic pads should last longer than the OEM.
360_iti is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 07:59 PM
  #18  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Derspeed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,423
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
X3 and 2012 C coming soon
Ceramic pads, Axxis Pads.

Seems like all of the Euro cars I have ever owned had dusty OE pads. I also use wheel wax.

Last edited by Derspeed; 05-06-2008 at 01:48 PM.
Derspeed is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 09:23 PM
  #19  
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: New York
Posts: 149
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
'08C300 White w P2,MM,Pano
I find that the best way to clean sport model (7spoke rims) is not to apply any water... just wipe the dust of rim with old rags... adding water makes it messy.. and if you have to drive withing 30 mins of washing... you avoid getting brake dust all over your freshly washed car.... and when applying tire wet or any tire shine... spray on old rags and rub on face of tire... try to avoid getting any on the rim... hope this helps!
theraj2 is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 10:01 PM
  #20  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 2,071
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2007 S600
Do the ceramic pads squeak less than OEM pads?
If I ever allow the dust to build up from not giving the car a biweekly wash at the touchless car wash, I just keep my wheels/brakes/tires pressure washed twice a week at the car wash using the low pressure pre-soak soap provided at the car wash. Let it sit for 2 or 3 minutes on the wheels, then blast off. After that, I go over what is left over with a dedicated wrag and re-rinse. Keeping the car washed regularly keeps the build up from becoming an overwhelming project plus it keeps the brakes from squeaking. Going through a touchless car wash twice a week (I use the $5 dollar quick wash only) keeps the car clean enough that all I have to do is go over it once in a while with Maquires Quick Detailer for detailing. Works for me and seems harmless. Been doing this for several years on cars and motorcycles.
trumpet1 is offline  
Old 05-05-2008, 10:22 PM
  #21  
Super Member
 
wingless's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 911
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Debadged 6-Speed '05 C320 Sports Coupe
Limit brake usage.

My vehicle has large glass panels, that appear to be strategically placed, surrounding the operator, which permits observation of exterior conditions. Those observations permit modulation of the throttle and transmission, decreasing the requirement to utilize the brake system.

Diminished brake usage not only keeps the wheels cleaner, but also extends the brake life (I get about 100K miles per set) and may increase fuel efficiency.

Clean the inside of the rim, near the rotor and caliper, right up to the inner lip, so less crud works to the exposed surfaces.


This image shows those inner surfaces going from normal not-yet-cleaned to really clean.

wingless is offline  
Old 05-06-2008, 02:02 AM
  #22  
Member
 
Oh Cool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New York City
Posts: 239
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2014 ML350 4Matic, 2008 C350 Sport
To clean these wheels one needs the right tools. I clean my wheels with two types of brushes and a bottle of wheel cleaner. It takes me ten minutes to do all four wheels and they come out perfectly with little effort. Here are the links to the two types of brushes I use.

http://www.goestores.com/catalog.asp...56876&detail=1

http://www.goestores.com/catalog.asp...02173&detail=1

These two brushes are the perfect combination to do the job easily; they are soft and will not harm the wheels. With the long brush it captures all of the inside and between the wheels spokes in seconds. The short green bristle brush is soft making cleaning the outside of the wheel very easy and the soft bristlesí reach into every spot on the wheel. Hose off and thatís it.
Oh Cool is offline  
Old 05-06-2008, 09:43 AM
  #23  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Derspeed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,423
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
X3 and 2012 C coming soon
Originally Posted by theraj2 View Post
I find that the best way to clean sport model (7spoke rims) is not to apply any water... just wipe the dust of rim with old rags... adding water makes it messy.. and if you have to drive withing 30 mins of washing... you avoid getting brake dust all over your freshly washed car.... and when applying tire wet or any tire shine... spray on old rags and rub on face of tire... try to avoid getting any on the rim... hope this helps!
Not using water? Are your wheels scratched up? I'd use a quick detailer at the very least.
Derspeed is offline  
Old 05-06-2008, 07:25 PM
  #24  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 295
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
C350 4MATIC Premium Package Obsidian Black
thanks for the suggestions guys! i might give the ceramic pads a try when the OE ones run low.

theraj2 - the last wash i did i used paper towels to just wipe the rims and this did work pretty good. its still a pain in the *** since you have a lot of little crevices that you need to use your finger nails to rub into. i guess that is near impossible to keep the rims spotless. looks like i will just have to clean them as frequently as possible.
blastit is offline  
 

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:
You have already rated this thread Rating: Thread Rating: 0 votes,  average.

Quick Reply: how to keep the rims clean?


Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: