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    Hey guys

    It's been a little while but now that I have a new ride I'll be here a lot more often!

    My new car has carpet like material instead of plastic as the inner wheel arches.

    What would be the best way to easily clean and keep them looking new?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    I have that too. Some sort of acoustic material. Pain in the arse to clean. It holds alot of dirt and sand.

    I took the wheels off an hit it with the pressure waster, took a few goes.


    A powerful wet dry vac might do the trick too.

    If you don't have either, Carpet shampoo and a stiff brush should work too

    Let us know how you go.
    Last edited by ZR36; 06-08-2017, 07:54 PM.

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    • #3
      Thanks ZR36, I had a feeling it was going to be a pain to clean [emoji35]

      I'm not sure what kind of brush to get, whether it be soft or hard bristle with a decent handle.

      Plus I need one that actually fits between the tyre and inner guard.

      I also need to get my wheel-off procedure down pat. It takes me forever to do as I'm always worried I am doing it wrong.



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      • #4
        The Mustang I have on order has this as well. When I first saw a Mustang6G forum member post a photo of it I thought the factory had forgotten the liner but apparently this is increasingly common. Noise reduction method as mentioned but my immediate thought was they're going to be a pain to maintain so interested to hear from anyone that's had to do it for a while. Especially interested in any products that can be applied that help it repel dirt etc. Removing the wheels isn't really an option every wash and I say that having a Quickjack.

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        • #5
          I literally use the exact same products as the plastic inner liners. I prepare a 10:1 mix of water:Simple Green and spray it into the arches, then scrub it well with the Vikan wheel arch brush, then high pressure off.

          I am pretty sure this Jaguar F-Type R had carpet inner liners and it worked fine.
          Timmeh!!!

          Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by cheekyage View Post
            Thanks ZR36, I had a feeling it was going to be a pain to clean [emoji35]

            I'm not sure what kind of brush to get, whether it be soft or hard bristle with a decent handle.

            Plus I need one that actually fits between the tyre and inner guard.

            I also need to get my wheel-off procedure down pat. It takes me forever to do as I'm always worried I am doing it wrong.



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            The brush would have to be quite stiff (like hard nylon i wouldnt use a brass brush), if its the same material as mine. As its quite dense.

            Ive used this before
            http://turtlewax.com.au/product-sele...lstery-cleaner


            You probably don't have to take the wheel off, just jack one at a time. The lift from the jack should give you enough clearance to get in there. Needless to say never work under a jack. Don't go sticking your hands in there while is on the jack.
            Last edited by ZR36; 07-08-2017, 01:17 PM.

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            • #7
              I've found vaccuuming and a stiff bristle brush while they are dry works well.
              "Perfection is lots of little things done well." Fernand Point

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Wolfgang View Post
                I've found vaccuuming and a stiff bristle brush while they are dry works well.
                Thanks Wolfgang.

                What kind of stiff bristle brush do you use?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cheekyage View Post
                  Thanks Wolfgang.

                  What kind of stiff bristle brush do you use?
                  The Vikan wheel brush works well, or one of those small rectangular wood handled scrubbing brushes.

                  Too stiff a bristle could damage the felt.
                  "Perfection is lots of little things done well." Fernand Point

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Wolfgang View Post
                    The Vikan wheel brush works well, or one of those small rectangular wood handled scrubbing brushes.

                    Too stiff a bristle could damage the felt.
                    Like this one?

                    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Vikan-Lon...-/261582919659

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cheekyage View Post
                      Yep.

                      That longer handle version will make life much easier.
                      "Perfection is lots of little things done well." Fernand Point

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Wolfgang View Post
                        Yep.

                        That longer handle version will make life much easier.
                        Awesome, thanks mate.

                        Now I just need to find one to buy!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cheekyage View Post
                          Awesome, thanks mate.

                          Now I just need to find one to buy!
                          Car care products, $20 plus $12 postage

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