My wheel cleaning product use has looked like this:
- I started using Griot's Wheel Cleaner about 15 years ago, then discovered Sonax Full Effect around 2010. I was never in love with Full Effect. There isn't any lubrication to it. I transitioned to Adam's Heavy Wheel Cleaner for a few months, then transitioned to NextZett Colortec for about 5 years. NextZett smells like death. I learned over the past 12 months of selling it that it's even worse in climates with less humidity. The combination of complaints about the smell and lack of supply has necessitated a change.
Adam's is the logical choice to go back to as Colortec has become increasingly hard to get and is likely being discontinued in the US. It still has decent lubrication and doesn't stink up your whole house. I would put this in the "moderate to heavy" wheel cleaner category, although I'd call this safe for most any type of wheel. I don't find it necessary to use this on my Carbon Ceramics all the time, but I really like it on any regular steel brake equipped car.
Here is how I use it:
- Spray off the wheel with pressure washer or hose.
- Spray Adam's Wheel Cleaner on the barrels and face of the wheel and calipers. - I try to avoid hitting the rotors, but I found it not to be an issue if you get some on them.
- Let sit for a minute or two. (I usually don't wait, but it's recommended.)
- Clean wheels using EZ Detail brushes, Microfiber Madness Incredibrush Flat, Lambskin Mitt, and Race Glaze XL brush
- Spray it off with pressure washer/hose.
You may want to get yourself a zip-lock bag to store this. It does have a pretty strong smell. It doesn't bother me, but I know it affects some.