How to Clean Your Wheels And Tires
Contrary to what most drivers believe, cleaning your tires and wheels is more than just about the appearance of your wheels, it is also about maintenance. By allowing brake dust to settle on your tires for a long time, it soon eats into the coating (for those with coated tires), and eventually pits the metal. These are expenses that you can avoid rather easily, by regularly cleaning the tires.
Brake dust is a combination of carbon fibers and adhesive, which combine with minute metal shavings from the rotor. They come as a result of the friction produced by the wheels, making it a highly corrosive mixture. Since you drive each and every day, there is a good chance that brake dust settles on your tires each day, and perhaps without you knowing or noticing.
The following is a brief yet comprehensively effective guide that covers the steps you should follow when learning how to clean your wheels and tires
Get your supplies ready
It is wise to have a variety of brushes for this task. This will make your work easier, and the cleaning job more efficient. For those areas that you cannot reach easily, get some soft paint brushes in different sizes, because they do not mar the wheel surface.
You will need to have the following:
- Different brushes
- Buckets of water
- Wheel cleaning solution
- Soft drying cloth or microfiber applicator pad
The following is a simple 5-step process that you should work around when cleaning your wheels and tires:
- Cleaning your car
- Using the appropriate cleaner
- Scrub the wheels and tires
- Dry the wheels and tires
- Waxing the wheels and tires
Cleaning your car
Whenever you are washing your car, make sure you start with the wheels and tires before heading to the body. This is important so that the overspray or grime that comes off the wheels do not splash onto the parts that you have cleaned already.
Just in case you prefer to clean the tires with soap and water, make sure you have a different bucket for rinsing, and a soft bristle brush.
Using the appropriate cleaner
Remember that not all cleaners will work well for your wheels and tires. With this in mind, choose the appropriate one. If you have roughcast aluminum or chrome on your wheels, these are designed to withstand some of the strongest cleaners in the market.
It is a different story however, in case you are using anodized, painted or coated wheels. To help you out, read the label to know what the cleaner can do. In case you are not sure the type of wheels you have, you should go for the cleaners that are declared safe for all wheel types.
Scrub the wheels and tires
With the appropriate bristled brush, remove any malefactors from the wheels. Be sure to work on one wheel at a time, then rise them off before you move to the other tires. While cleaning, ensure you can reach into the crevices of the tires, where your brake pads are located.
This is where most of the brake dust accumulates. If you have the time, rinse and then repeat the procedure for each tire. When it comes to cleaning your wheels and tires, you can never be too cautious.
Dry the wheels and tires
You can get hold of some special microfiber for detailing purposes. Be sure to dry the tires and wheels properly, or the wax/detailing solutions you are using will not dissolve properly, hence not working to your satisfaction. Besides, if you do not dry the wheels and tires well, you will easily leave them vulnerable to rust.
Waxing the wheels and tires
You will wax the wheels and tires in the same manner that you do the rest of the car. First make sure you have the right applicator pad. With that, apply the wax then buff the tire. This is important not only to make the tire look awesome, but also for protective purposes.
This is a good way to help your tires resist dust and lots of other harmful effects. It will also help by protecting the tires from direct UV light, which normally breaks down the rubber.