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62% Recommend this product (21 of 34 responses)
By Shaina
Sunman, IN
January 25, 2020
Great Wheel Cleaner
I've used several cleaners, both acid and non, and this actually smells good and doesn't smell like it's eating your lungs from the inside out. I would argue that it works more effectively than just about any other wheel cleaner I've used. Price is definitely good on Autogeek.net and that was also a determining factor in which wheel cleaner to upgrade to. Can dilute to keep from harming nice wheels or use it full strength on old disgusting rims and make them look new compared to before. And an added bonus (although I haven't tested it) this product can supposedly be used as an "iron decon" as well in some situations.
By Randolf
Los Banos, CA
January 8, 2020
Best wheel cleaner I have used.
By John
Carthage, NC
December 28, 2019
wheel brightner
love the extra shine to chrome or coated rims.
Consdoes nothing for tires, I clean them using different product
By Greggory
Vista, CA
November 2, 2019
Love this product but use with care
Wrote a long review on the combo pack which is exactly the same product but you get two gallons and they throw in a labeled spray bottle. It's really great stuff. Dilute 3 or 4 parts water to one part cleaner so rather economical. Use liberally on COOL wheels. DO NOT spray this onto hot wheels. Slightly warm is o.k. if you IMMEDIATELY blast it back off with a pressure washer. I'm pressure washing the wheels with deionized water after spraying with this product. No agitation needed on well maintained wheels. DO NOT spray this on bare billet or polished aluminum wheels or you WILL DAMAGE them and be in for a very long day of polishing.
ProsWorks great with zero problems if you use accordingly and rinse thoroughly. Acid based so it gets the job done right.
ConsAcid based so rinse thoroughly. Do not use on hot wheels. Do not use on bare aluminum wheels. Do not let product dry on wheels if you can help it.
By Tristan
Waldorf, MD
October 30, 2019
Good Cleaning
Nice cleaning for chrome/alloy wheels or factory wheels. Don't use for aftermarket wheels since it's acid.
By Rick
August 20, 2019
Meguiars Wheel Brightener Works !!
Purchased Meguiars D140 Wheel Brightener after watching You Tube videos. Been trying to get the wifes Sante Fe wheels looking like they did when new. Absolutely did the job!!! Just sprayed it on the wheel with a little agitation and rinsed ... She was very happy !!
ProsEverything !!
ConsNone !!
By Franklin
East Earl, PA
August 9, 2019
Great Wheel Cleaner
Great value and long usage amount
ProsDon't need much to do the job
By Dylan
Greenup, IL
April 26, 2019
Takes off the Dirt the first time!
Diluting this product down to the recommended ratio. I cleaned the rims on my car and barely had to use any effort for an amazing clean.
By Jes17
June 13, 2018
Cleaned my Tiguan wheels beautifully!
I sprayed this on my Tiguan wheels and it did a beautiful job. I had to go in between with a small brush but I found the product left a nice shine on my rims. .
By Anthony
April 21, 2018
Good product
Very good product. Will buy again
ProsEasy to use
By Chuck
April 13, 2018
Mehuiars wheel brightener
Easy to use,fast,even dissolves rust. Rinses clean and sparkles.
ProsEasy to use. Economic.
By Dusty
Lake Tahoe
March 29, 2018
Best wheel cleaner by far
Works like any ACID based wheel cleaner should. Spray on and hose off. Little to no agitation required depending on level of dirt on your rims. DO NOT use on polished aluminum or anodized rims that are not clear coated as any acid will dull them and you will have to be re-polish the rims afterwards.
ProsFast acting
ConsNot for polished aluminum non clear coated rims
By prf76
West Yorkshire, England
August 10, 2017
Best Wheel Cleaner I've Used
I've been using Meguiar's Wheel Brightener for some time now, and having tried several other wheel cleaners, I can honestly say this is the best one I have tried. The reasons I like it so much are two fold: 1: VALUE. It comes in a 3.78 litre bottle which you dilute 4:1 (4 parts water to 1 part Wheel Brightener) giving you a total of 18.9 litres of wheel cleaner! 18.9 litres for approximately ‚£30! Compare that to Meguiar's ready mixed Hot Rims Wheel & Tyre Cleaner which is ‚£10 for 710ml, and you see what a bargain this is. 2: CLEANING POWER. You llitteraly spray it on, leave it 30 seconds or agitate with a brush, then rinse off, that's it. Your wheels are left gleaming. Yes it's an acid based cleaner so I would imagine it will strip any sealants / waxes you put on your wheels, but if you clean them once a week with this stuff, you won't need to seal / wax your wheels. It won't get the absolutely baked on bits of dust off, you'll need a separate product for that, but if you've got clean wheels and want something for cleaning them on regular basis, look no further. I have uploaded the below video to YouTube to show how effective this was in cleaning my alloys that I had purposely not cleaned for 4 weeks: https://youtu.be/1y8SVQLNFuM
ProsGreat value at 4:1 dilution Works extremely fast Works very well
By Craig Talerico
hopefully in a place where Donald Duck cant screw
November 10, 2016
Cleaned well
Took all the muck muck off my rims after driving through construction site. I needed to use the brush along with this to get them clean but i do that most times. I think it is a good product for the price you pay.
ProsGood value
By Scott
Lexington, NC
November 9, 2016
Great Product..... Time Saver on the wheels!!!!
By Geoff
Baltimore, MD
October 19, 2016
Great Wheel Cleaner
I finally tried this. I have read this has acid in it, and was afraid of it. If there is acid in this, it didn't hurt my hands when I used it, but the wheels look brand new. Buy this, you will really like it.
ProsCleans very well.
By Paul
Montreal, Canada
July 25, 2016
Some real wheel cleaner
When you've got some heavy brake dust and yellow staining from neglect and/or winter use, nothing in the gentle "PH-balanced" category will work like this old-school stuff. Yes it's not ideal for your health and I wouldn't want to be using it day in & day out, but when used with some agitation with a wheel brush, the result is fantastic. And I don't have to be sparse with applying it because it's so economical when mixed 4:1. Highly recommend.
ProsGets the job done right and does the heavy lifting.
ConsToxicity compared to non-acid cleaners, wouldn't want to breathe it in regularly.
By Matthew
Tampa, FL
February 29, 2016
Not sure how much better it gets
With the results you get from this and the price point, not sure how you would choose to go with anything else. The rims come out sparkling like not even a speck of dirt has ever touched them. Any rim I've used this on looks brand new afterwards (unless the rim has never been cleaned in many years - then thats another story).
By Jim dreiling
Camarilli, CA
March 24, 2015
works well
It works well enough. It still took lost of elbow grease to get these 1992 wheels clean enough to repaint.
By David James
United States
August 28, 2014
Another GREAT product from Mequiars......
Great results ! A must for easy break dust removal.
By Buddy
July 11, 2014
Wheel brightened
This product is designed to get the brake dust off your wheels. It works very good. I lo ve meguiars products.
By Walter
Jacksonville Florida
April 25, 2014
Mediocre at best
This product does not work as advertised. I get better results with a Brillo pad and a bottle of .99 dishsoap.
ProsIt removed the light brakedust and left the wheel nice and shiny.
ConsDid not remove the hard baked on brakedust even after being left on the wheel for 10 minutes.
By dcjredline
February 24, 2014
Love it!!
OMG this stuff is awesome,Not for use on Aluminum wheels but everything else it KICKS BUTT on! My new go to when wheels come in that are TRASHED.
ProsStrong, Makes wheels bright!!
ConsNot safe on all wheels, toxic to user so take precautions.
By dcjredline
November 19, 2013
Really likeing this
even though this is not good for uncoated aluminum wheels I think its GREAT for those DD coated wheels. Takes off grime most other cleaners wont.
By Ml Norway
August 28, 2012
D140 the brake dust killer
This wheel cleaner is the best i have ever used. it killed the brake dust and made my wheels shiny clean. it even removed rust from my brake disc. this is the BEST Wheel cleaner!!!!!
By Chris
November 12, 2011
Secret weapon
I've had a few people come to me asking what can be done to their wheels. They have tried other wheel cleaning products that havent been able to cut through the brake dust left on their wheels. The effort with light brushing and a minute of dwell time ends with the shine and cleanliness rivaling a new wheel.
November 9, 2011
Not a better wheel cleaner out there
If you have wheels that are BAD DIRTY, this is the stuff to use. None of the color changing products can touch some of the stuff this stuff will clean. Granted this cleaner is not safe for all wheels, but you aren't going to find one any better 9in cleaning ability) I don't think.
By Sam
September 15, 2011
Good Stuff
Dilute to your strength requirements. Works great! Took off brake dust that $25 bottles couldn't do. I mix two bottles. One weak and one strong. Good deal for a gallon that can dilute to make many gallons.
By Chris
June 1, 2011
Safe and Easy
I dilute this product approximately 4:1 (I don't measure it out perfectly every time) and it works fantastically. Spray on, let it sit for a couple tens of seconds, brush it, and rinse. Works great on wheels, tires, wheelwells, undercarriage areas, and chrome. For less than $20/gallon, you can't go wrong.
By Detail
September 29, 2010
Cheap and Powerful
First off, DO NOT GET THIS ON YOUR HANDS, or feet, or legs. If you do, wash it off quickly. Other than that if you have factory wheels you will not find a product that removes brake dust quicker. Super awesome on chrome, painted factory wheels, and clear coated aluminum. Spray, agitate, blast off. Note, will stain your driveway a little if not rinsed off. Dilution rate makes this uber cheap when compared to other cleaners. And I use it everytime I clean my BBS wheels (2x a week) with no problems.
By Thomas
May 10, 2007
While this product may be effective, it contains Ammonium Bifluoride which can have serious long term effects on your health. Please read up on this chemical before you consider using, e.g. here: http://www.carwash.com/article.asp?IndexID=6631269 . There are so many safe and effective alternatives today.
By Mark P
March 30, 2007
I bought this after hearing professional details refer to it all the time as the absolute best occasional wheel cleaner to get wheels back to pristine condition. Boy are they right! This is a product I use once a twice a year. As I understand it's not good to use frequently as it can eat away your wheel finish. However, it also completely melts dirt/tar/and brake dust no matter how baked on it is...is really is amazing. Spray on, run a wheel brush over your rims and rinse. Perfectly clean. No scrubbing or anything needed.
By belcherm58
April 16, 2006
Great Wheel Cleaner
I used this mixed 4:1. I did a great job on my coated aluminum wheels. Meguiars suggest not to be used on uncoated aluminum. Read the cautions and use it. You love the results.
By Matt
March 18, 2006
a real time saver
this product really works fast and will leave the worst looking wheels appear new again. it is a true spray on and rinse off product. please read cautions as this is a serious product and should only be used on the wheels that are deemed safe by Meguiars. for the serious detailer this is a real time saver. considering you can mix this 4:1, a little goes a long way.

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