Is Iron Fallout Remover an Alloy Wheel Cleaner?
This is a debate as old as the two products themselves. Is Iron Fallout Remover a wheel cleaner? Can it be used as a wheel cleaner? Should it be used as a wheel cleaner?
Inspired by, and with the help of one of the rising stars in the YouTube automotive and detailing community - car care fanatic Sean Murphy from Trigger Happy Autos - we attempt to settle the argument!
In his video 'Is Fallout Remover a Wheel Cleaner?', Sean pits Iron Fallout Remover against a Ready To Use Alloy Wheel Cleaner. For his video, he chose the Gloss Fuel Iron Fallout Remover and put this up against the Gloss Fuel Citrus Wheel & Tyre Cleaner.
The host of the YouTube Channel Trigger Happy Autos kicks things off by pre-rinsing the alloy wheels and wheel arches with his pressure washer. This helps to dislodge and flush out any larger dirt particles, so they don't contaminate any wheel mitts or detailing brushes used later in the process.
Sean then applies the Citrus Wheel & Tyre Cleaner to one half of the dirty alloy wheel. He then applies Iron Fallout Remover to the other half and immediately sees this high strength product react with the brake dust, turning purple as it begins to dissolve the iron particles and brake dust.
Both halves of the alloy wheel are then agitated with various detailing brushes to work the chemicals into the nooks and crannies of the faceted wheels. As he's cleaning the wheel, Sean notes: "it doesn't smell too bad this fallout remover, it's got a cherry scent to it. Some of them absolutely pong!"
"it doesn't smell too bad this fallout remover, it's got a cherry scent to it. Some of them absolutely pong!"
Once both halves of the alloy wheel are clean and rinsed, Sean then applies Iron Fallout Remover to the side of the wheel cleaned with the Citrus Wheel & Tyre Cleaner. There's hardly any purple reaction, as the powerful, non-acidic, non-caustic Citrus Wheel & Tyre Cleaner has safely removed 99% of the dirt, grime and brake dust.
In his Gloss Fuel product review, The Hairy Housewife found that the Citrus Wheel & Tyre Cleaner was more than capable of deep cleaning the alloy wheels on a car not cleaned in twelve years! Similarly, he found no need to follow up with Iron Fallout Remover, such is the power of the Citrus Wheel & Tyre Cleaner.
So, do we have a unanimous verdict - is Iron Fallout Remover an alloy wheel cleaner? In the Gloss Fuel office, we agree with Sean, Iron Fallout Remover is NOT a wheel cleaner.
But... you can use it as a wheel cleaner. So... should you use it as a wheel cleaner?
Here at Gloss Fuel, we'd suggest you follow Sean's advice - use a dedicated Wheel Cleaner to clean your wheels. A good alloy wheel cleaner, like our powerful, non-acidic, non-caustic, Citrus Wheel & Tyre Cleaner, is engineered to safely breakdown and remove dirt, grime and tough baked on brake dust.
Iron Fallout Remover is designed to dissolve iron particles and make removing these sharp, often embedded fragments of metal, easy and safe. A percentage of brake dust is made up of tiny particles of iron from your brake discs. So you can see why people use Iron Fallout Removers as wheel cleaners.
Our advice would be this - if your alloy wheels are in good condition and cleaned regularly, use a dedicated wheel cleaner. Once every month or two (depending on your milage and driving style) follow up the wheel clean with an application of Iron Fallout Remover.
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