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67% Recommend this product (26 of 39 responses)
November 1, 2018
SONAX Wheeler Cleaner
The SONAX wheel cleaner works great!
ProsEasy to use
By Glenn
September 5, 2018
SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect 16.9 oz.
Did a very nice job of brightening the alloy wheels of my 2010 GLK350 4-matic. I like the fact that it turns color a purple indicating it's working.
By Jon
Los Angeles, CA
April 26, 2018
This is the best wheel cleaner by far I have ever used!
By Greg
High Springs, Fl
April 11, 2018
Amazing results
This stuff is amazing! Now granted, I€™ve only had my 2018 Camaro for about two months and the wheels are pretty shiny to begin with, but the Oem brake pads are extremely dusty, but a quick squirt with Sonax, wait a minute, and my dull, gray, filthy wheels are bright and shiny again. Highly recommended.
ProsGreat squirt bottle Easy to see color change indicating cleaning Easy rinse off
ConsNothing I can see upon first use
By Angelina M
Taylors South Carolina
March 7, 2018
Always keep this on hand
Great stuff
By Dana
August 16, 2017
Great Product
Cleans off dirt and grime you didn't know was there, amazing results!
ProsEasy to use
By Ken
Philadelphia, PA
April 17, 2017
SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect
So far I am very happy with moving to this Wheel Cleaner. I recently used this on a car that had not been detailed in 5 years. I sprayed it on the wheels and after a min it turned deep purple everywhere. Scrubbed the wheel using Wheel woolies and the wheel came out 90 % better. I figured that since the wheels had not been detailed in 5 years I would need to do a second round of cleaning, especially in the barrel of the wheel. So it did it again to make sure I got 99% of the break dust off and it worked as expected. The customer said to me he had not seens his wheels look this good since he purchased the car 5 years ago
ProsEasy to use PH Neutral Safe on all Wheels
ConsExpensive if you purchase small bottles but when you buy in bulk this problem goes away.
By Sergio
Sylmar, CA
March 27, 2017
It's Bleeding!
I simply spray on let my wheels begin to bleed purple then I agitate them with the speed master wheel brush. Great break dust killer!
ProsEase of use Extremely effective
ConsDoesn't really stick to the surface as much as I would like
By Paul
Milwaukee, WI
September 21, 2016
cleans brake dust
I have very dusty brake pads and Sonax does a great job cleaning the wheels. Spray it on and it gets clean with very little brushing.
By Sid
September 7, 2016
Good stuff
Works as advertised
By Mike
August 27, 2016
Pretty Good Stuff
Did a nice job cleaning my wheels, The best they've looked since I bought the car.
ProsWorks fast Easy to use
ConsNone that I'm aware of yet
By Chris
July 8, 2016
Great stuff
Great product and great service
ProsAcid free cleaner Works really well at loosening grime
By scotty
la vergne, Tennessee
June 10, 2016
i was recommended this by a professional detailer. when i use, very little turns red. doesnt mean its not working, maybe my wheels dont get that dirty. i use this with the speed master brush and the wheels end up clean enough
By Jeff
Cleveland ohio
June 6, 2016
Works great
Best wheel cleaner I've ever used, very little scrubbing required
ProsVery little scrubbing required
ConsThe smell
By Ozzy
June 5, 2016
Good stuff, works like a dream!
This product is really good I read good reviews online about it recently and decided to try it out. It was totally worth it. Sprayed on green and as it worked turned purple. Left my rims shiny and looking clean. Deffinetly recommend.
By Dee Jones
St. Louis MO
March 19, 2016
Sonax Full Effect
I use this cleaner cut 50/50 with water and a Daytona Speedmaster, and it works excellent.
ProsGets wheels cleaner than detergent when they need a deep cleaning.
ConsSmells Horrible.
By Colin
June 18, 2015
Sonax Wheel Cleaner Full Effect
Really good wheel cleaner. I have a very open wheel design on powder coated factory wheels (Cadillac CTS-V). This product is easy to spray behind the spokes and on the front of the wheel as well. Let it dwell for a few minutes until it turns red, then brush with a quality wheel brush like the SpeedMaster. Rinse with direct stream and you will be amazed at how clean your wheels are.
ProsPH neutral - wont harm wheels
ConsPrice - bottle is rather small for the sale price of $15.99.
By Tim
June 13, 2015
Works great!
Easy to use. Cleans with little effort.
By Chris
Concord, North Carolina
March 16, 2015
amazing product!!
Saw multiple videos on youtube about it, finally bought some and with some brushes it worked like described, will def. be ordering more and recommend this to friends.
Birmingham, AL
December 19, 2014
Worth the price for effectively "eating" brake dust
Though it takes about 5 minutes to work, the wait is worth it. I would prefer a thicker formula to eliminate runs to the 6-o'clock position. When used with a wheel brush, clean wheels are soon revealed.
By Mark Lue
Long Island New York
December 14, 2014
Best wheel cleaner ever!!!
This is a wheel cleaner everone must have. It makes cleaning the rims so easy. I wash my own car and in the winter I take my Audi to get hand washed. I always bring this cleaner and everyone always ask..... What is that? If you live to keep your rims clean please do not miss out buying this item. Best in the company!!!!
ProsEasy to clean. Sprays evenly You can see it working
Cons.......... No complaints
By Boston Joel
October 11, 2014
Best wheel cleaner
Over 50 years of car detailing and I have never seen such a powerful wheel cleaner. After the color changes, I wash it off and then dry with a MF cloth.
Prosworks as described the first time
ConsStrong odor
By Masten
Denver, CO
September 15, 2014
Good... Others are better.
Many of the elite detailers swear by this stuff... however, for me, it was just ok. Sonax has a strong chemical smell (strong) and just didn't work out for me. Fr the price, I suggest you look elsewhere.
By jeff wagner
September 9, 2014
This is my go to wheel cleaner. Spray it on, spread it around and rinse it off. You now have clean wheels. Its that easy and it works.
By Ben
May 29, 2014
Excellent Spray on/off Cleaner
Used this on a BMW X3 with wheels that had not been washed in weeks. Spray on, wait about 5 minutes until the color change and power wash/spray off. This is very powerful cleaner for very dirty wheels. I will use this periodically if I slip on wheel cleaning for a few weeks.
ProsVery powerful for spray on/off applications
ConsA bit pricey to use all the time on wheels that aren't absolutely filthy
By Dave
Raleigh, NC
May 28, 2014
It works
First product I have seen for wheels that works as advertised. Spray on and wash off, even on MINI Cooper brake dust.
By G_silv
May 11, 2014
Best wheel cleaner on market
Hands down the best wheel cleaner made.
By Terry Morris
October 9, 2013
I cannot believe how well Sonax works! It's like a miracle. Sprayed it on, and the solution turned a black cherry color. Took a power hose to it and all the dirt, brake dust, etc. just flew off. There was just a bit left in the corners of the spokes which wiped off with a cloth. Awesome product, guys!!
By Derek
July 17, 2012
I mean I guess...
I find this cleaner to be pretty good- but there are a lot of other high quality products on the market now as well. Initially I was taken by the color changing, but BMW brake dust still requires agitation with this stuff, and it doesn't seem to get off the more oily side of road grease all that well. On balance I prefer P21S wheel gel cleaner- it doesn't remove as much dust with just the rinse as this does- but both need to be agitated. When the P21S is agitated- it is easier to remove the remaining dust than with the Sonax. Also it's annoying to remove if you accidentally let it dry. Overall it's a good, but overhyped product.
By CalSun
May 7, 2012
Works like a charm with the large Daytona Brush.
By Burner
February 29, 2012
Great cleaner
A great wheel cleaner. Brake dust comes right off with zero elbow grease. Only downside is the amount. You get only about 4-5 applications (for all four wheels) out of one bottle. So it makes it pretty expensive.
By Frank
December 4, 2011
Great stuff
Good stuff! Works really well. Odor is bad.
By Ken Peng
November 4, 2011
Works wonderfully
This stuff works wonders. I have raw aluminum lips and clear coated custom wheels, and they don't stain/damage anything at all. Just leaves a beautifully clean finish. I just wish it didn't smell like someone getting a perm. The odor is awful.
By dave
July 14, 2011
Great Product!
I'm an old timer (61?) and have used 'em all. Store bought stuff, which is barely ok; supply houses/etc.; caustic stuff/etc. NOTHING I have EVER used works as good as my recent arrival of Sonax Full Effect. I even tried it on an old Mazda van I use for utility. I clean those rims maybe 1-2 times year. When I do, it only gets the fairly loose stuff - using a brush! Not the stubborn ground in brake dust. Sonax cleaned the gritty/grimey brake dust infused wheels perfectly. I was really amazed! I will be ordering more soon!
By PAR Detailing
May 22, 2011
Best Wheel Cleaner
This is the very best wheel cleaner out there in my opinion. It is safe to use on everything yet it has proven to be the most effective. It is a must have for those BMW rims that are filled with break dust.
By Marc T
May 22, 2011
Best Wheel Cleaner Bar None
I was first hesitant to purchase this wheel cleaner because of all the hype and its price. I finally gave in and placed my order for this product and after using it on neglected wheels with baked on brake dust, I wondered why I didn't order it any sooner! This is the best wheel cleaner bar none. It has great cleaning ability and cuts through the toughest grime. In addition, it has a great color changing effect to let you know that it's cleaning iron particles effectively. If you're still hesitant in trying this product out, don't be. Just add it to your cart and you won't be disappointed.
By Richard
May 19, 2011
Favorite Wheel Cleaner
This is my favorite wheel cleaner when a dedicated wheel cleaner is required. Simply spray, allow to dwell, brush with a Daytona Speed Master, and rinse! Buying in bulk is best.
By Linda
September 30, 2010
I have black rims and this product works wonders. It does have a foul smell. It cleans well and get rid of all the brake dust.
By Tom K
July 6, 2010
Really amazing!
This is one product that really blew my socks off. I used it for the first time on some pretty soiled rims. I did two wheels, one without brushing the wheel, and one with. The one with the wheels unbrushed cleaned up pretty well without effort, but with a little agitation, the result was amazing. The odor is a bit acidic, but not bad at all. This stuff definitely packs a punch. Does it replace P21S? Not really, but it has a permanent spot next to it as it is the perfect weapon for heavily soiled wheels. Excellent product, and am so glad AG now has this!

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