62% Recommend this product (21 of 34 responses)
August 16, 2017
Cleans off dirt and grime you didn't know was there, amazing results!
ProsEasy to use
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
Safe on all Wheels
ConsExpensive if you purchase small bottles but when you buy in bulk this problem goes away.
March 27, 2017
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
ConsDoesn't really stick to the surface as much as I would like
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.
September 7, 2016
August 27, 2016
Pretty Good Stuff
Did a nice job cleaning my wheels, The best they've looked since I bought the car.
Easy to use
ConsNone that I'm aware of yet
Great product and great service
ProsAcid free cleaner
Works really well at loosening grime
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
June 6, 2016
Best wheel cleaner I've ever used, very little scrubbing required
ProsVery little scrubbing required
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.
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.
Easy to use. Cleans with little effort.
Concord, North Carolina
March 16, 2015
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.
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.
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
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.
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
May 28, 2014
First product I have seen for wheels that works as advertised. Spray on and wash off, even on MINI Cooper brake dust.
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!!
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.
Works like a charm with the large Daytona Brush.
February 29, 2012
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.
December 4, 2011
Good stuff! Works really well. Odor is bad.
By Ken Peng
November 4, 2011
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.
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.