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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Review Summary
26 Reviews
58% (15)
31% (8)
8% (2)
4% (1)
0% (0)
88% Recommend this product (23 of 26 responses)
By Sankar
Just OK
September 13, 2019
It is very easy to use and does work on brake dust but it is not magic. I still had to scrub by hand afterwards using Simple Green, which is my go to for baked on brake dust.
By Steve
New York City
SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect 16.9 oz.
January 28, 2019
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.
  • Easy to use.
  • None.
By Ron C.
Wheel cleaner
July 15, 2018
By Patrick
Frederick, MD
July 14, 2018
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
Scottsville, NY
Five Star Wheel Cleaner!
June 23, 2017
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
Best wheel cleaner on the market!
September 12, 2016
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
  • Easy to use, minimal time and effort required.
  • None
By Chris
Seattle, WA
My go to wheel cleaner...
January 22, 2016
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.
  • Gel consistency clings well to product
  • Good value if purchased in bulk
  • Smell isn't as bad as other similar products
  • Wish it foamed up more
By Ken
Niagara Falls, NY
Cleans well, but sprayer is not the best
November 23, 2015
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
Wonderful product, terrible smell
September 4, 2015
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.
  • Works quickly and effectively
  • Cost and smell
By Bruce L.
Ft Lauderdale Florida
Sonax wheel cleaner full effect
October 1, 2014
Greatest product I have ever used to clean rims
I need a bigger size
Would buy it from you again right now
By EVOlved
Great heavy duty wheel cleaner!
September 8, 2014
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.
  • Always cool to see it bleed
  • Cleans up the wheels nicely
  • Smell
By Matt M.
New Jersey
Works Well
September 6, 2014
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.
  • Bright Color
  • Changes Color
  • The Smell
By Matt
, CA
Let it Bleed
September 4, 2014
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.
  • Safe
  • Easy
  • Color Changing
  • Really caked wheels sometimes need to be hit twice.
By Keith
July 8, 2014
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.
  • Color effect shows its removing iron particles and breakdust.
  • Cost and smell
By Timothy
Plainview, NY
Perfect for keeping wheels clean
June 14, 2014
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 great.
  • Easy to use
  • Colors changing when completed
  • None
By John
Great Product
August 18, 2013
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
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.
  • Ease of use.
  • Color changing effect lets you know when its done working.
By Mindy
Santa Cruz, CA.
Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
March 23, 2013
This product is everything they say it is. I was very pleased. Thanks
  • There is no scrubbing it works by itself for the most part just a little drying when done.
  • I would like if it would remove rust as well from a really weathered out rim.
By Colin D.
New Braunfels, TX
Best wheel cleaner hands down
February 1, 2013
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.
  • Cleaning ability
  • Great product
  • Price
By Jon
Bella Vista, Arkansas
Sonax Whell Cleaner You know it has done it's job when it turns purple
September 16, 2012
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.
  • Non acidic , works very well and it is neat to watch the grime turn purple.
  • High cost.
By Jeff
Its OK
May 22, 2012
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.
  • Safe for all wheels
  • Smell
  • Price
By Chris
Johnsburg, IL
The best wheel cleaner!
April 19, 2012
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!
  • Strength to clean the dirtiest wheels.
  • Color changing to let you know its working
  • Smell. Please use outdoors.
  • Price is a little high compared to other wheel cleaners.
By Michael
Round Rock, TX
Excellent Wheel Cleaner
April 16, 2012
Sonax Full Effect is a very effective wheel cleaner. Fun to watch work as it changes colors.
  • Cleans well
  • Neat color change
  • Smell, while not really strong, is not pleasant.
By Troy S.
Dover, Ohio
Cool Color Change but Average Cleaning
April 12, 2012
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.
  • - Cool color change to see it working.
  • - A strong Sulfur smell.
  • - Definitely use outdoors.
By Kristen
San Diego, CA
Excellent product
April 9, 2012
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.
  • It smells like the stuff you use when getting a perm, but it works great so I guess its worth it
By Jeff
Belmont, CA
Excellent Wheel Cleaner!!!
March 1, 2012
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.
  • Easy to use. Great Results.
  • Smells Strong, use a mask.