Sonax Full Effect was used for this demonstration because it's one of the strongest wheel cleaners that's also safe on all wheel finishes.
Sonax Full Effect does not require the wheel to be wet prior to cleaning, although you never want to clean a wheel that's hot to the touch.
Liberally spray the wheel and let it sit for a couple minutes before agitating. After a couple seconds of dwelling on the wheel, Sonax Full Effect changes color from green to red as it interacts with ferrous iron particles.
When it comes wheel cleaning aids, there are dozens to choose from. It's not an exact science, but there are a couple tools in particular that make the job much easier, and quicker. I've highlighted a couple different unique brushes that I've found are the most effective when cleaning a wheel.
Wheel and Tire Care
The Clean Wheel Lug Nut Brush is made of natural boar's hair and fits perfectly in hard to reach areas and lug not holes because of its size and shape. Another great feature is that the bristles are able to withstand wheel cleaners and will not degrade or fall out over time. It also features a soft rubber boot at the end of the brush to prevent the chance of scratching or marring a delicate wheel.
The next tool that works wonders for cleaning lug nuts is the Recessed Wheel Lug Nut Brush. This tool features super soft foam inserts that attach to an ergonomically designed handle and as you push them in to the lug not hole, they compress and clean the lug nut and the lug nut hole.
Another must have tool that's made of natural animal hair is the Natural Boar's Hair Wheel Brush. This brush is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand and is a must have for wheels with a delicate finish. You will not finder a softer, more gentle wheel brush.
Now the next brush I'm going to talk about is the Daytona Speed Master Wheel Brush. I'm pretty confident that everyone is aware of what a great tool this is to have when cleaning wheels. I've even heard people say it has changed the way they look at wheel cleaning.
It works great for getting in between the brake caliper and the wheel, cleaning the inside of the wheel barrel, and the Daytona is safe on all wheel finishes.