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Old 01-02-2015, 07:57 AM
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Steam cleaning black chrome spider monkey rims ?

Anyone know if it is safe to clean black coated spider monkeys with steam cleaners ?

I found this label when I first got the car, doesn't warn against steam cleaning though, but rather only about cleaning solutions :


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Re: Steam cleaning black chrome spider monkey rims ?

I would think it's fine. It's just hot water. Don't get the nozzle super close and if you have chipping/flaking be careful not to make it worse. Then get yourself some good wheel protectant. I like Optimum Opti-seal. Dust comes right off.
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:29 AM
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Re: Steam cleaning black chrome spider monkey rims ?

Wheel sealants and all that crap is a waste of money and time. 2 easiest ways to take care of these wheels are to change to a low dust pad and use normal car soap and water on a regular basis. There is no other magic bullet.
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Re: Steam cleaning black chrome spider monkey rims ?

I've had great luck with the stuff I use. I also run Hawk ceramic pads which helps a ton. Putting an easy spray on polymer coat certainly doesn't hurt anything. I deal with salt in the winter and I like having a layer between the wheel surface and salt spray.
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Re: Steam cleaning black chrome spider monkey rims ?

Darn! After watching the YouTube video of a guy cleaning his spider monkeys with Adams deep wheel cleaner, I thought it'd be safe to use their product.

Now I'm afraid to use it.

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Re: Steam cleaning black chrome spider monkey rims ?

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Darn! After watching the YouTube video of a guy cleaning his spider monkeys with Adams deep wheel cleaner, I thought it'd be safe to use their product.



Now I'm afraid to use it.



Mike

It won't harm them, rule of thumb just don't ever put anything on them when hot. I use Sonax regularly and zero issues, but I also clean and protect them quite often. 7000k and look as good as the day I rolled off the lot. ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1420511490.800035.jpg
That being said most normal routine washes (I wash it once a week usually) I typically use car wash soap. People spend all this time "sealing" them and then spray an acidic wheel cleaner on it a week later and expect it to still be protected.


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Re: Steam cleaning black chrome spider monkey rims ?

^^^^ Hard to beat the look of black chrome when it is clean like that!!!

Soon as this damn snow melts I'll be out there giving mine a much needed bath.

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Re: Steam cleaning black chrome spider monkey rims ?

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It won't harm them, rule of thumb just don't ever put anything on them when hot. I use Sonax regularly and zero issues, but I also clean and protect them quite often. 7000k and look as good as the day I rolled off the lot. Attachment 51084
That being said most normal routine washes (I wash it once a week usually) I typically use car wash soap. People spend all this time "sealing" them and then spray an acidic wheel cleaner on it a week later and expect it to still be protected.


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Re: Steam cleaning black chrome spider monkey rims ?

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Wheel sealants and all that crap is a waste of money and time. 2 easiest ways to take care of these wheels are to change to a low dust pad and use normal car soap and water on a regular basis. There is no other magic bullet.
Low dust pads = low performance and waste of money

Stick with the carbon pads
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Re: Steam cleaning black chrome spider monkey rims ?

I wash mine with car wash soap and a microfiber mit first to get the bulk of the dust off, then come back with Griot's wheel cleaner and their microfiber wheel wands to get into the nooks and holes. Griot's is PH balanced and biodegradable.

I'd say it takes me about 5 minutes total per wheel to get them just so. Probably about half that is trying to get to the caliper and clean that too (I have big hands).

2 years in and wheels look brand new....
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