How to Clean Alloy Wheels

alloy wheelsAlloy wheels are susceptible to staining from brake dust. You don’t clean this part of the car the way you clean the rest of the automobile. Learn how to clean alloy wheels the right way to achieve that clean and polished shine you love.

What Are Alloy Wheels?

Alloy simply refers to a combination of two or more metals. Most alloy wheels consist of magnesium, nickel, and aluminum. The aluminum may be from cast aluminum or the higher quality billet aluminum. Steel is also an alloy, so if you have steel wheels, you have alloy wheels. The steps for cleaning steel and other types of alloy wheels are more or less the same.

Alloy Wheel Cleaning

The steps below apply to both clear-coated alloy wheels and plastic hubcaps.

  1. Remove dirt and brake dust using a hose with a high-pressure nozzle.
  2. Spray the wheel with an alloy wheel cleaner. These are available at your local auto shop. They are non-acidic to protect the wheel’s polish. Only spray the wheel you’re cleaning at the moment.
  3. Use a soft-bristle brush to scrub and loosen dirt and debris. We also recommend using a lug nut brush to clean in and around the lug nut holes.
  4. Rinse the wheels and dry immediately

What bout Polishing and Waxing?

Some people wash and wax their wheels using the same wax they use for the rest of the car. Others use a premium metal wax. Either works fine; just be prepared to do a lot of rubbing for the shine to manifest.

We Restore Alloy Wheels

We give alloy wheels the full treatment as part of our vehicle detailing. Bring your car over to Henry’s Auto Detail. We know how to restore wheels, regardless if they’re alloy, chrome, or mag wheels. We know just the right techniques for cleaning alloy wheels.

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