Detailing Wheels & Tires
Cleaning your wheels and tires regularly is not just an appearance issue – it’s preventative maintenance!
Brake dust to sits on your wheels for a prolonged period of time, it can eat into the coating (if there is one) and pit the metal.
Brake dust is made of an adhesive and carbon fibers that come off the brake pad and tiny metal shavings from the rotor.
The intense heat and friction generated by the wheels makes this mixture highly corrosive.
First thing is to know is the type of wheels you have.
Choose a cleaner that is appropriate for the type of wheels you have. Roughcast aluminum and chrome can withstand stronger cleaners than coated, painted, or anodised wheels.
The cleaner will say what it is suited for on the label.
I would avoid acid based wheel cleaners and foaming wheel cleaner.
Acid based wheel cleaners can bit a bit severe and with foaming I like to see what the dirt coming off while cleaning.
Find most wheel cleaners are bit expensive too.
But Like Repco all purpose wheel cleaner
Mothers Polished Alloy Wheel Cleaner.
Meguires All Wheel Cleaner or Chrome Wheel Cleaner.
Motortech Tyre Shine.
and don’t forget your can of WD-40
First to try on on all wheels and tyres
is your standard car wash as it mild and suits all wheels.
Use a soft wash brush and a soft scourer or wheel cleaner brush.
and a microfibre towel.
Also a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle works too.
but you need to re-apply a spray detailer on painted wheels
or a chrome cleaner on chrome wheels.
What also works also WD-40 and is safe to use.
For stubborn spots like tar and brake dust that been there for a while
you may need a go over the area again.
Don’t forget to dry your wheels!
Finish with a quick detailer for painted wheels or chrome polish for chrome wheels
Autosol can be used if the wheels need a bit of TLC to bring back that shine.
wash first with water and then spray wheel cleaner then scrub
this you can use a tyre brush or wheel brush.
Rinse clean and once dry add a tyre shine.
The good news!
Your wheels and tyres now look cleaner.
if you use a wheel wax as recommended,
water is the only thing you need to clean your wheels between waxing’s.
I Have alloy chrome wheels and I clean them once a week.
This might not suit everyone but what is important when you wash your car give your
wheels and tyres the attention they deserve to preserve there life and your safety.
Gives you a chance to check tyres for any damage
Could needs some air in the tyres and wheels check for any brake fluid leakage.
I have reported splits side wall and brake cylinder leakage to my customers.