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    I`m looking for some brushes that are good for cleaning wheels, the ones I find are too big to go under the big rotors. Does anyone have any suggestions.

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    EZ-Detail brush is what I use for the inside of the wheels and spokes .It gets in those tight spaces between the rotors and rims
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    I use the EZ Detail brush for the inner barrels and a Swissvax brush for the face. It`s a great combo.

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    +3 for the EZ Detail Brush for getting inside the wheel. I haven`t used one yet, but I know people are keen on the BHB that Phil sells for the face.

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    Guess this`ll be another of my EZ Detail Brush bashes Be careful that it doesn`t mar the paint on wheels with nice finishes, and it won`t fit between the wheel and caliper on cars like my S8 anyhow (not even close). And no matter *how* I try, I can`t get the inner barrels of most wheels 100% with the EZ...gotta follow up with something else to get that last 5%.



    Not *really* my intention to bash the EZ, I have `em, I use `em...just not for this on most vehicles.



    I clean the back sides with small sheepskin mitts, Quickee Sponge Mops, and/or the large swabs available at Danase and elsewhere. When the caliper/wheel clearance is *really* tight I often just move the vehicle to expose that area.



    The small sheepskin mitts (got mine from Griot`s) are good for doing the backsides of the spokes too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator
    Guess this`ll be another of my EZ Detail Brush bashes Be careful that it doesn`t mar the paint on wheels with nice finishes, and it won`t fit between the wheel and caliper on cars like my S8 anyhow (not even close). And no matter *how* I try, I can`t get the inner barrels of most wheels 100% with the EZ...gotta follow up with something else to get that last 5%.



    Not *really* my intention to bash the EZ, I have `em, I use `em...just not for this on most vehicles.



    I clean the back sides with small sheepskin mitts, Quickee Sponge Mops, and/or the large swabs available at Danase and elsewhere. When the caliper/wheel clearance is *really* tight I often just move the vehicle to expose that area.



    The small sheepskin mitts (got mine from Griot`s) are good for doing the backsides of the spokes too.


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    Dont worry about "bashing" i think so many people seem to have lost there sense a bit on this forum and so often you get only positive comments. Too often, people ask for opinions or would it work and you see a "+1 for XXXX" or "XXXX is great".



    I often feel the same way that i end up feeling like im saying bad things about products, when thats not always true i just need to highlight that some products might not work as well as the OP had hoped or others had implied.



    You have done well to point out other options and your fault. Good job and much repect :hifive:.



    Ptim, if you are not desperate to buy do check out some post on Detailing World with regard metal free "drumstick" brushes. These are going to be back in stock soon very soon according to a post on the wheels section this week. You get 4-5 different size, very whee safe/friendly brushes for around $50. They are a like a giant swab with soft head and plastic body.



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    I have a BMW wheel brush kit, got it at work spur of the moment works good for gettin in spokes and lug nuts, for the face of the wheel I used a MF sponge. Accumulator can you post or PM the link to sheepskin mitts and Quickee Sponge Mops? I do not remember seesing these

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    you could look at Ace PowerStick Pro-Line

    i`ve personally haven`t tried it but would like to.

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    There are decent wheelbrushes at Harbor Freight and at Autozone. Both are similar to the EZ brush....long, flexible, a vinyl cap on the front wire. The Autozone brush has softer bristles than the Harbor Freight one. I`ve reached everywhere with that brush...the inner drum of the wheel, in between spokes, the back. Very flexible. IIRC, I paid $5 or $6.

    The Harbor Freight brush set me back $3 or $4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatgain
    There are decent wheelbrushes at Harbor Freight and at Autozone. Both are similar to the EZ brush....long, flexible, a vinyl cap on the front wire. The Autozone brush has softer bristles than the Harbor Freight one. I`ve reached everywhere with that brush...the inner drum of the wheel, in between spokes, the back. Very flexible. IIRC, I paid $5 or $6.

    The Harbor Freight brush set me back $3 or $4.


    I use the black bristle cone-shaped brush from Auto Zone on both my vette and my wife`s Lexus RX 350. It`s the best brush I`ve found so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator
    Guess this`ll be another of my EZ Detail Brush bashes Be careful that it doesn`t mar the paint on wheels with nice finishes, and it won`t fit between the wheel and caliper on cars like my S8 anyhow (not even close). And no matter *how* I try, I can`t get the inner barrels of most wheels 100% with the EZ...gotta follow up with something else to get that last 5%.



    Not *really* my intention to bash the EZ, I have `em, I use `em...just not for this on most vehicles.



    I clean the back sides with small sheepskin mitts, Quickee Sponge Mops, and/or the large swabs available at Danase and elsewhere. When the caliper/wheel clearance is *really* tight I often just move the vehicle to expose that area.



    The small sheepskin mitts (got mine from Griot`s) are good for doing the backsides of the spokes too.


    I don`t have an EZ detail brush but a similar knock off I picked up at Autozone... not sure how much room the S8 has between the wheels and the calipers but on my IS350 and every other car I`ve worked on, I had enough room to get in that space. As to marring the finish on the wheel... to be frank, I never even considered it, but I think thus far I`ve been okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sal329
    ..Accumulator can you post or PM the link to sheepskin mitts and Quickee Sponge Mops? I do not remember seesing these


    For the little sheepskin mitt, just go to Griot`s and look in the wheel/tire section. Check out their various BHBs while you`re there!





    For the Quickie Sponge Mop, I forget where I found mine last (bought a few dozen as they wear fast), but start here: Welcome To Quickie.com



    Note that the Quickie thing has a metal core that could do serious damage...sorta ironic perhaps that *I* (Mr. Avoid-Potential-Marring) takes a huge risk using those things, but I`m very careful and they`re also great for the wheelwells. But use at your own risk (there, I`ve warned you ).



    User Name- The S8 is pretty tight...tighter than my M3 by far and about the same as my Porsches used to be. I can *barely* fit Danase`s foam-on-a-stick swab in there and it`s really easier to just move the car a half a wheel revolution.



    The marring issue is vehicle/wheel dependent; on the Denali XL who cares, but the paint on the back sides of most of my vehicles` wheels is awfully thin and if it gets marred (note the marring retains dirt/moisture more readily than a smooth, clean surface) the required correction will cut through the thin paint in no time (making for increased maintenance hassles). I the marring isn`t an issue for somebody then sure, the EZ might be just the thing. But I do get a spray of black [stuff] all over me when I use it on really dirty wheels and it always leaves that last bit of dirt.



    steelwind101- Thanks for the support on this one I was readying my flamesuit as my past posts on the EZ had sometimes generated a lot of apparent animosity..must`ve called somebody`s baby ugly or something.

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    depends on the kind of wheel, you dont want to use a harsh brush on a chrome or polished wheel, grab a tough spongey brush for alloy textured stock wheels, and use a softer brush/microfiber sponge to clean polished wheels, be careful what chemical you use to remove brake pad residue as some of them will damage chrome finishes i believe

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    Where does one purchase a Swissvax Brush?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michakaveli
    Where does one purchase a Swissvax Brush?
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    Swissvax Wheel Brush



    They also sell my all time favorite wheel brush:



    World`s Greatest Boar`s Hair Wheel Brush
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