SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect 16.9 oz.

Item Description:

Safe on all wheels, including aluminum and alloys!

SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect is a highly effective, acid-free special cleaner for all types of steel and light alloy wheels. It easily removes even the most stubborn dirt, such as burnt-on brake dust, oil and rubber residue and other road dirt from all types of steel and alloy wheels. SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect contains no acids.

SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect is green right out of the bottle but turns purple-red as it penetrates dirt and grime. When necessary, use a soft bristled wheel brush to agitate the wheel. Rinse well.

Before Sonax Wheel Cleaner.
Spray on SONAX Wheel Cleaner and allow it to dwell for several seconds.

Spray the wheel thoroughly with Sonax Wheel Cleaner
SONAX Wheel Cleaner immediately starts loosening brake dust and oil.

Sonax Wheel Cleaner turns red when it touches brake dust and grease.
Above, you can see that SONAX Wheel Cleaner turns red as it comes into contact with brake dust.

Rinse off wheels.
SONAX Wheel Cleaner does most of the work for you!

Towel dry clean wheels with a soft microfiber towel.
Use a soft wheel brush to agitate the cleaner. Here we used a Speed Master Wheel Brush.

Use Sonax Wheel Cleaner on all types of wheels.
Rinse each wheel thoroughly.

Those of us with expensive, custom wheels or unique finishes have struggled to find a safe wheel cleaner. Search no more! SONAX Wheel Cleaner is the solution!

16.9 fl. oz. (500 ml.)

Made in Germany.

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88% Recommend this product (22 of 25 responses)
By Steve
New York City
January 28, 2019
SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect 16.9 oz.
Best and easier to use wheel cleaner I have found to date. Spray it on, wait a few minutes and hose it off. Product turns colors to show it's working. Does not harm painted or bare metal wheels or brake calipers, in face it cleans the calipers nicely also.
ProsEasy to use.
ConsNone.
By Ron Czikowsky
Fla
July 15, 2018
Wheel cleaner
Great
By Patrick
Frederick, MD
July 14, 2018
Effective
I purchased a 10 year old car that looked like the wheels had never been touched. Wheels were black from the brake dust. Washed wheels with a brush and other wheel cleaner and nothing came off. Purchased this on a "hope and a prayer". I spayed all four wheels to let it soak in and by the time I got back to the first wheel, black "juice" was already running from the wheel. It did take some elbow grease, but the wheels are no longer black. Great Product
By JDC
Scottsville, NY
June 23, 2017
Five Star Wheel Cleaner!
This my favorite wheel cleaner! Great for weekly washes and awesome if your brakes kick up a lot of brake dust. There are some stronger wheel cleaners/iron removers but they smell awful and aren't needed if your wheels are maintained. I like the yellowish color as it lets you see if the wheel has gotten full coverage when applied.
By Tony
Walnut, CA
September 12, 2016
Best wheel cleaner on the market!
Tough on brake dust, iron deposits, and gentle on wheel. I coated my wheels with the Black Label crystal sealant only once, and clean up with Sonax has been a breeze each time. Even works well on wheel well and brake calipers
ProsEasy to use, minimal time and effort required.
ConsNone
By Chris
Seattle, WA
January 22, 2016
My go to wheel cleaner...
I've used this for a few years now and still find that its one of the best with all the new comers on the market.

Smell is bad but not the worst of the bunch.

Requires agitation, not a spray on-off type product. Doesn't foam up much but that allows you to see where you are agitating.

I do like the gel like consistency that clings well to wheels. Sprayer is also very good and have continued to use it even after buying it in bulk.
ProsGel consistency clings well to product Good value if purchased in bulk Smell isn't as bad as other similar products
ConsWish it foamed up more
By Ken
Niagara Falls, NY
November 23, 2015
Cleans well, but sprayer is not the best
I believe the other reviews speak for themselves when they say this is a powerful cleaner. I have never used the FE Plus as the regular stuff has always been strong enough. The downside is after sitting for a few months the spray turns from a fan pattern into blobs, wasting more product.
By Karen
Texas
September 4, 2015
Wonderful product, terrible smell
I use this product on all of my vehicles wheels to clean them off. The color turns a Purple or fuchsia color indicating it is working taking the brake dust and oils off immediately. It makes detailing the rims a lot easier.
ProsWorks quickly and effectively
ConsCost and smell
By Bruce Ft Lauderdale
Ft Lauderdale Florida
October 1, 2014
Sonax wheel cleaner full effect
Greatest product I have ever used to clean rims
I need a bigger size
Would buy it from you again right now
By EVOlved
NYC
September 8, 2014
Great heavy duty wheel cleaner!
Sonax FE is good for cleaning those real nasty ones, it's not meant to be a regular maintenance cleaner. It works well just spray it on give it a minute or two to start working, then agitate it with the brushes of choice, let it dwell for another minute or two, and rinse. It will take care of all but the worst cases of baked on dust. It does have a very strong smell not as bad as most iron removal products but definitely up there. For my wheels that I maintain well I still will hit them with this or Iron X two times a year, just to tackle those stubborn contaminants.
ProsAlways cool to see it bleed Cleans up the wheels nicely
ConsSmell
By Matt M
New Jersey
September 6, 2014
Works Well
Sonax Full Effect works well and is better than most wheel cleaners. It quickly changes color to let you know that it is working and on lightly soiled wheels, it can be used without agitation. However, after cleaning a heavily soiled wheel with Sonax, another wheel cleaner was able to remove slightly more contamination, hence the 4 star rating.
ProsBright Color Changes Color
ConsThe Smell
By Matt
, CA
September 4, 2014
Let it Bleed
I love having a safe wheel cleaner that I know I can count on. This cleaner works fast and does a good job getting all the brake dust and other crud off the wheels. The color changing as it reacts will have everyone's attention that passes by possibly meaning more jobs for you. I'm used to the smell but it is not so bad because I used a mask, glasses and gloves while working with it. First timers will be surprised at the smell lol. Great product, will buy again.
ProsSafe Easy Color Changing
ConsReally caked wheels sometimes need to be hit twice.
By Keith
Fla
July 8, 2014
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Ive used many wheel cleaners before and after using this product ive determined that it is just OK. I do like the color effect. What i dont like is the smell and cost.
ProsColor effect shows its removing iron particles and breakdust.
ConsCost and smell
By Timothy
Plainview, NY
June 14, 2014
Perfect for keeping wheels clean
I have used several different wheel cleaners and this is by far the best I have ever used. After spraying onto the wheels and the color changing to red I knew it had worked. I usually go over the surface with a brush but not even certain I need that...works great.
ProsEasy to use Colors changing when completed
ConsNone
By John
Colorado
August 18, 2013
Great Product
Simply stated, SONAX Wheel Cleaner is a really great product which thoroughly cleans the entire wheel as designed. Again, this IS a really great product. A little does in fact go a long way and the best results are aided by a soft brush at the end (after several minutes dwell time). I tend to "finish up" after rinsing with a second coverage of the brush with some additional - one shot of Sonax on the brush AND shampoo that primarily gets the tires - the wheels once again, too - follwed by a full rinse, then dry. I complete the operation by using a renowned German sealant (in the silver grey bottle) on the wheels as a final protectant and, of course, a separate tire protectant (VRP). The results always are stunning.
By Jarrod
Akron, OH
May 20, 2013
AMAZING!!!
Best wheel cleaner I've ever used, hands down! I sprayed all the wheels, pretty liberally. It goes on bright green. Went inside, smoked a cigarette, came back out about 5min later, the product had changed to a dark red color. Sprayed off with water full blast. Wheels were sparkling clean! No brake dust, dirt, or anything left.
ProsEase of use. Color changing effect lets you know when its done working.
By Mindy
Santa Cruz, CA.
March 23, 2013
Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
This product is everything they say it is. I was very pleased. Thanks
ProsThere is no scrubbing it works by itself for the most part just a little drying when done.
ConsI would like if it would remove rust as well from a really weathered out rim.
By Colin D
New Braunfels, TX
February 1, 2013
Best wheel cleaner hands down
Makes cleaning wheels with built/baked on brake dust and more.
Use this for those wheels that haven't been cleaned in ages &
couldn't be happier.
ProsCleaning ability Great product
ConsPrice
By Jon
Bella Vista, Arkansas
September 16, 2012
Sonax Whell Cleaner You know it has done it's job when it turns purple
I like to clean the inside of the tire rim in addition to cleaning the outside rim. I can spray Sonax Wheel Cleaner Full Effect on the inside rim ( from the outside ) and get it clean also.
ProsNon acidic , works very well and it is neat to watch the grime turn purple.
ConsHigh cost.
By Jeff
MD
May 22, 2012
Its OK
Im not very impressed, I get the same results using soap and water, it just doesnt turn purple. The cleaning is average, which for me isnt worth the price of Sonax wheel cleaner.
ProsSafe for all wheels
ConsSmell Price
By Chris
Johnsburg, IL
April 19, 2012
The best wheel cleaner!
Sonax packs a punch that even the dirtiest wheels can't handle...along with a punch to your nose. Be sure to use this product outdoors. Its cleaning ability can't be overstated enough. Below are some picuters of some wheels I cleaned - Sonax did amazing!
ProsStrength to clean the dirtiest wheels. Color changing to let you know its working
ConsSmell. Please use outdoors. Price is a little high compared to other wheel cleaners.
By Michael
Round Rock, TX
April 16, 2012
Excellent Wheel Cleaner
Sonax Full Effect is a very effective wheel cleaner. Fun to watch work as it changes colors.
ProsCleans well Neat color change
ConsSmell, while not really strong, is not pleasant.
By Troy S.
Dover, Ohio
April 12, 2012
Cool Color Change but Average Cleaning
Sonax wheel cleaner was one of the first to come out with the color change concept. It looks cool and nice to show people its working and dissolving iron particles. But for the price it is an average wheel cleaner and there are other better option in My opinion.
Pros- Cool color change to see it working.
Cons- A strong Sulfur smell. - Definitely use outdoors.
By Kristen
San Diego, CA
April 9, 2012
Excellent product
This works very well on wheels that have build up on them. Just spray it on and the dirt and grime wipe off very easily. I use it on our work trucks and they tend to get very dirty and it still works great.
ConsIt smells like the stuff you use when getting a perm, but it works great so I guess its worth it
By Jeff
Belmont, CA
March 1, 2012
Excellent Wheel Cleaner!!!
I was able to use this with the Daytona wheel brush to get 30-50,000 miles of built up grime on the inside of my wheels on both my Mustang and my Wife's SUV. They look BRAND NEW. The smell is strong and with the wheel brush is flings everywhere, so I recommend a mask and eye protection.
ProsEasy to use. Great Results.
ConsSmells Strong, use a mask.
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