Iron-dissolving liquid cleaners first appeared in the UK in 2010 and have completely changed the way in which we tackle wheel cleaning and exterior decontamination duties. Most product manufacturers now offer an iron-dissolver, but in many cases exactly the same product is recommended for use on wheels and bodywork. If you stop and think about it, this is somewhat odd, as we tend to tackle wheels and bodywork differently; with wheels, we soak them with the iron-dissolver right from the outset (while the rim is still covered in dirt and grime, as well as brake dust), but with bodywork we always complete a full wash process first (meaning that the iron-dissolver is only ever applied to clean surfaces). As such, would it not make more sense to use two different products? One optimised for removing dirt and grime as well as brake dust, with as much grime-busting power as iron-dissolving potential, and the other a straight iron-dissolver, as required for use on bodywork? Bilt Hamber certainly think so, which is why they've formulated a pair of iron-dissolvers; auto-wheel for use on wheels, and korrosol for use on bodywork. By doing this, they've produced class-leading products that well and truly raise the bar.
|Chemical Basis||Acid-based (neutralised)|
|Maximum Dwelling Time||5 minutes|
|Removes Inorganic Contaminants||Yes|
|Removes Organic Contaminants||Yes|
|Safe For All Wheel Types||Yes|
|Strips Sealants And Waxes||Yes (partially)|
How To Use
Bilt Hamber auto-wheel comes pre-diluted to the correct strength for safe use on all wheel types, and should thus be used neat. For best results, we recommend that it is sprayed on liberally and then left to dwell for 3-5 minutes; during this interval the initially transparent gel will rapidly turn a deep red as ferrous compounds and sintered iron particles dissolve into solution (this effect can be very pronounced, but don't panic because it's quite normal and to be expected). Although Bilt Hamber auto-wheel is essentially a touchless cleaner, you may agitate it using suitable brushes and/or a microfibre wash mitt if you wish (ideal choices include the Microfiber Madness Incredibrush, Braun Automotive Wheel Woolies and the Microfiber Madness Incrediflair). After 3-5 minutes rinse the cleaner off thoroughly with a stream of water and dry your wheels off in the normal way. Note that if the deep red residue has started to dry out you may need to use a stronger jet of water from a pressure washer in order to remove it fully.