Alloy wheels definitely look better than its old-school steel counterpart. They come with different styles and colors that can easily match your vehicle and give it an aesthetic boost. Its natural metallic surface doesn’t need any additional furnishing. However, though it is highly resistant to corrosion, they can also experience sizeable amount of damage from everyday use. Road salt, tar, brake shoe wear and tear, brake pad dusts and other acidic elements can all add up and even damage the wheel.
The once bright surface can look lacklustre and worn out over time. Some can even damage the surface permanently. This is where the importance of regular maintenance and proper cleaning of the wheel gets into the picture.
Different materials require different cleaning methods. Aside from the usual soap and water, alloy wheels need special tools and cleaning agents to effectively remove dust particles and various elements and keep its shiny look. Here is one of the most effective ways to clean and maintain the good condition of your alloy wheel and keep it in good condition for years,
First Step – Rinse with clean water thoroughly
Start your cleaning by rinsing the wheel with clean water. Remove any noticeable traces of dirt and dust. You can use a hose with a spray attachment to effectively rid the wheel of foreign elements.
Second Step – Rub the wheel with soft wet sponge
Water can’t remove all the stubborn dirt, dust and stains on your wheels, especially those brought by brake pads. Thus, you need to rub your wheel with a wet sponge. Use a soft wet sponge dedicated for car cleaning to avoid scratching the surface of the wheel.
Third Step – Use a Dedicated Cleaner to Remove Remaining Dirt and Debris
When cleaning alloy wheels, choose a cleaning agent dedicated for metal materials. Never use acid-based cleaners as they can tear the lacquer off your wheel’s surface.
Make sure you mix just the right amount of cleaner and water in a bucket. Read and follow the instructions carefully to know the exact ratio you need for your cleaning solution. Soak the sponge in the solution, and then squeeze it nicely over the bucket to avoid wasting the cleaning solution. Scrub the wheel thoroughly using the sponge. You don’t need to rub the wheel hard, as you have already removed majority of the dirt and dust in steps one and two.
For the crevices and hard-to-reach areas, use an old toothbrush.
Fourth Step – Rinse It Off
Make sure you remove the cleaning agent off by rinsing the wheel with water thoroughly. Use a hose with spray attachment to effectively wash the wheel.
Fifth Step – Dry the Wheels
Use a microfiber cloth or chamois cloth and wipe the wheel dry. Make sure you use only this type of cloth or another softer cloth so you will not scratch the surface of the wheel.
Sixth Step – Protect Your Alloy Wheel
After cleaning, it is important that you coat your alloy wheel with wheel wax and protect it from easily accumulating dirt, dust, and grease. The wax will also prevent the wheel from accumulating rust. Apply wheel wax once every three months.
For Stubborn Stains
There will be times when standard cleaning will not suffice. For this, you will need a more thorough cleaning method. Though generally rust resistant, alloy can still accumulate rust from the brake pads. With this, you will need a foil and cola. Soak a piece of foil in cola and use that foil to sand the affected areas of the wheel.
For removing grease, wet a soft cloth with cider vinegar or white vinegar. If you want your wheel to look shinier, then apply lemon juice and let it sit for around 10 minutes. After that, rinse the wheel with water. For more about alloy wheels, check out Wolf Race today!