February 20, 2012
I bought this wheel cleaner after seeing a few reviews comparing it to Sonax. At first I ignored until I saw the pricing of gallons.
Its pretty standard for me to have a strong wheel cleaner and a maintenance wheel cleaner, and use both intermittently. So once my Sonax got low, I decided to purchase the Griots HD wheel cleaner.
To start, I have an Audi S4 with Brembo OEM brakes, that uses Audi brake pads. So they throw a TON of very corrosive brake dust onto the wheels. Going anymore than 2 weeks of driving will leave my front wheel completely black.
The only cleaner I found to work well for this was Sonax. I also used to use P21S gel, which worked well, but always took either 2 applications or 1 hour dwell time and LOTS of agitation.
When the product arrived that next Saturday morning I went to work with it. I used the 35 ounce bottle. Sprayed the front wheel and first noticed how well the product clung to the wheels and the fairly decent grapish scent. I did not love the smell but it was not at all Harsh. which was nice. As the cleaner dwelled for 3 minutes it turned purple and was ready for agitation. First thing I noticed was how slippery the product was. lots of lubrication and my brush's sunk into each little crevice. After rinsing the wheel looked great. very clean and I was very satisfied with the results.
Compared to Sonax this product cleans 95% as well. To compensate you can just agitate a little better. This product also clings as well as Sonax, but it has way more lubricity and makes its own suds. As far as pricing this product is a lot cheaper.
So overall, I have replaced Sonax with this product mainly because of price and performance. Like I stated I get Sonax results for about half the price. Most wheel cleaners work well until you go about trying them on Audi or BMW wheels. For those tough applications I can guarantee that Griots HD cleaner will not let you down !
No doubt a 5 star rating with confidence. Griots really stepped it up with this formulation and I can definitely say that this wheel cleaner is one of the best on the market. Its also very safe and claims a neutral PH (7). I have used over a gallon of it and have never ran into any issue's with staining or spotting. I have never noticed it to increase oxidation on bare metal parts after use (something that I feel Sonax does.)