So, I consider myself a hobbyist detailer. I usually hand wash and detail all 7 of my family's cars whenever I am on break. I'm always trying new techniques and products out. I find it fun and relaxing.
A long time ago, I had a bottle of Sonax Full Effect that I used for cleaning my old 5 series. I loved the stuff, it worked great and handled the BMW break dust like a champ. However, there was no local retailer who carried Sonax, so the only way I could get it was by ordering it online. Also, it wasn't cheap, around $16-$17 a pop plus shipping. So instead of using Sonax, I began using Eagle One A2Z wheel cleaner, which is really good and cheap (~$4).
I was reading around on the forums one day and read a lot of good stuff about BMW's Wheel Cleaner Gel. I decided I would go pick it up and see how good this stuff really is.
I went to my local Bimmer dealership, in my Benz to get wheel cleaner for my Audi…The wheel cleaner was priced at $8.50 a bottle but I found a coupon online for 15% off.
Here are the results:
EagleOne for the tires:
EagleOne after agitation:
BMW Wheel Cleaner Bottle:
Final Product after rinse and detail with sponge:
This stuff worked great! It's not totally spray on rinse off, but then again if you really want to clean your car, you can't be lazy. What really impressed me about this wheel cleaner was the fact that whatever break dust was left after rinsing could be removed with my finger, not that I would recommend doing that. This stuff really softens the break dust. I will definitely be picking up more once my supply runs out.