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How to Clean and Polish Alloy Wheels

How to Clean and Polish Alloy Wheels

Posted in NEWS AND UPDATES by Autobrite Direct on January 27th 2020
Alloy wheels are the most common type of wheels found on the road today and making sure these stylish aluminium rims stay in good condition is vital to the overall appearance of the car. Unfortunately driving every day accumulates brake dust, which just so happens to be one of the worst enemies of alloys, as the intense heat and friction generated by the wheels makes these tiny particles of metal highly corrosive. The only way to protect them is by regularly removing with a suitable rim cleaner.

Step by Step

1.We recommend washing your wheels before cleaning the rest of your car, to avoid any brake dust contaminants affecting your cleaning job. Once you have selected your rim cleaner, it’s time to get to work, starting with rinsing the tyres and wheels to loosen any dirt.

2.Apply the rim cleaner to one wheel at a time ensuring that you cover the alloy in its entirety. Nonacidic formulas will be safe for all wheel types whether they are polished or clear coated.

3.Using a soft-bristled wheel brush, agitate the rim cleaner into the wheel. Choose a brush which fits into all the narrow sections of the alloy for the best results. Soft bristles will loosen grime and brake dust without scratching the wheels finish, so ensure you reach all the way through the spokes to clean the front and back of the wheel. Repeat on each wheel.

4.Due to the nature of brake dust and the tiny particulates that form it, it can hide just about anywhere, so use a lug nut brush to clean around these fastenings. Make sure that the wheel cleaner doesn’t dry at any point to prevent scratching, reapplying if necessary.

5.Finally, rinse the wheels with a pressure washer ensuring that all remaining rim cleaner is rinsed away. Always dry the alloys using a microfibre cloth.


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