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I've finally gotten round to adding some much needed products to my list of cleansing ingredients! Dragon's Breath (Iron remover) and Citrus Pre-Wash by Valet Pro and some Poor Boy's Wheel Sealant, though I am yet to receive my applicator pads for that. My wheels had started to require a bit more attention as my Bilberry Wheel cleaner (also Valet Pro) couldn't get the Iron/Tar from the corners.

Please excuse the kerbing!

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Some were definitely worse than others, look at it work its magic :)

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Ta da!

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I was a bit disappointed with the citrus pre-wash as it didn't appear to make much headway into my bug splats and general dirt (diluted 1:10 initially), though this could be because we've had a lot of heavy rain recently, giving 3 weeks worth of muck a good rinse.

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After this, I decided I wanted to play with the Iron remover a little more so I gave my dad's Vauxhall Vectra alloys a going over (twice...)

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As you can see, they were in quite a state. The car is 55 plate and has covered 140k miles. All it's ever had was sponge and turtlewax/car plan shampoo. A mule then. The rear wheel had a binding caliper due to a worn out pad for a week earlier in the year so that was heavily soiled with baked on brake dust/filings! I'll apologise now for inconsistencies in taking photo's of the same wheel...

Bilberry wheel cleaner first,

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Dragon's breath at work,

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Results after 1st application

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Still quite a lot of contamination on some of the wheels and also some discolouration possibly from my dad's attempt at cleaning with Autoglym wheel cleaner and wire brush combo... :facepalm:

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One more application to see what it lifts

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Not surprisingly all the wheels go purple again. Finished with this and just washed the rest of the car.

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I'm probably going to get some tar remover and clay next so that I can go deeper with decontaminating mine and my parents cars, but that's for another day. I can safely say the iron remover is worth it! I'm going to need another shelf for the products soon :D

Any methods of sorting the discolouration on the alloys detailing guru's?
 

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Looking much better Dan. Get yourself a VP wheel brush with the blue plastic bristles to help agitate and get rid of the stubborn bits.

With the discolouring you could try and polish but if your dad used a wire brush it's likely to have damaged the clear coat so probably looking at a refurb. :(
 

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Looking much better Dan. Get yourself a VP wheel brush with the blue plastic bristles to help agitate and get rid of the stubborn bits.

With the discolouring you could try and polish but if your dad used a wire brush it's likely to have damaged the clear coat so probably looking at a refurb. :(
Cheers, I have the soft brush from VP that I use with the wheel cleaner. A stiffer one may be a good idea for the iron remover for my dad's wheels.

I figured it might be damage to the clear coat, he's not all that fussed about them to be honest, just wanted the bulk of the mess off!
 

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Nice one Dan, re the Citrus, do you use a pressure washer?
Cheers Shaun, I've got the citrus in a pressure sprayer (weed killer style) applied then left to soak, I then blasted it off with a pressure washer. I used it on the Vectra in a higher concentration (1:6) and it worked better, softening it up for the shampoo wash.
 
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Cheers Shaun, I've got the citrus in a pressure sprayer (weed killer style) applied then left to soak, I then blasted it off with a pressure washer. I used it on the Vectra in a higher concentration (1:6) and it worked better, softening it up for the shampoo wash.
Good man.
 
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