Sonax Wheel Cleaner Plus is magic! Well, it’s magic for any DeLorean owner who has ever spent hours with rags and tooth brushes trying to clean between every fin of the DeLorean rims.
Why is it magic? With very little effort, 98% of the brake dust that gets caked onto the rims comes off, leaving them surprisingly clean. With a few sprays of the bottle, a few minutes of waiting, and a hose, your rims can look pretty amazing. And if you want to get that last 2%, break out the brush and the remaining brake dust comes off easily. We used a home pressure-washer when cleaning off the Sonax, but many people on YouTube who recommend Sonax use hoses.
We took all four rims off the car to install DeLorean Go’s Brake Dust Shields, so figured we’d ‘super-clean’ the rims – outside and inside. The Sonax did an amazing job cleaning the inside, which had decades of baked-on, caked-on brake dust. (Who ever cleans the INSIDE of the rims… other than Col Bennett?) We did try a large scrub brush for a minute while cleaning the inside, but it didn’t seem to do any better than the pressure-washer. Check out the before-and-after photos below.
The instructions specifically say to spray the rims when they are cool and DRY. Do NOT wet them first. Within a few moments of spraying a dry rim, you’ll see the liquid turn a deep purple and start dripping down the rim. As most of us know, in order to get into the nooks-and-crannies of the fins, you need to get some weird angles. Of course, taking the rim off the car made it much easier. And I would say, don’t be shy when spraying. Get a good coat of the liquid on the rim. The instructions then say to wait 2-4 minutes before hosing it off.
Another interesting note – Sonax is acid-free! Which means it won’t damage your rims. As of this writing, Sonax Wheel Cleaner Plus is about $18 for a 16.9 oz. bottle. Based on our usage, I estimate that one bottle will clean (just the ‘outside’) all four rims, two times.
Check out the photos and video if your skeptical – then gamble $20 on buying a bottle and give it a try – THEN, share your comments below.