I cannot count how many times I have seen a car with shiny paint but horrific looking wheels and tires while driving. A few weeks ago when the team at Detailed Image starting supplying Meguiar’s products I knew we were all in for a treat. Meguiar’s is possibly the most known manufacture of detailing products. They have everything from OTC (over the counter) products, to professional detailing supplies which makes them a go-to for many.
One thing you won’t find in stores is Meguiar’s Super Degreaser and Meguiar’s Wheel Brightener. Using these two products will time and time again get you great results on most wheels and tires in little time.
A little bit of information about the products.
Meguiar’s Super Degreaser is an extremely concentrated formula that is effective on wheels, tires, wheel wells, engine bays, and other contaminated surfaces. With this concentrated formula you can dilute 4:1 (water/product) for heavy cleaning or 10:1 (water/product) for mild cleaning. Talk about a money saver!
Now let’s talk about proper usage. Make sure the surface you are working on is cool and preferably out of direct sunlight. Soak the area you will be working on to first loosen the dirt and grime. Spray onto the affected areas and allow 30-45 seconds for the product to penetrate the dirt and grime to help loosen and to make your job easier. Take a designated brush and agitate until desired results are achieved. Rinse clean and watch the dirt just fall out.
Meguiar’s Wheel Brightener is a strong acid based wheel cleaner that is only used for wheels that are caked with brake dust and grime. I recommend wearing gloves while using this product. Like the degreaser this product comes in a concentrated formula as well. I mix my wheel brightener 4:1 (water/product) whenever I use it. This product IS A MUST for cars that produce a great amount of brake dust (Audi’s, BMW’s, Porsche, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Volkswagen). Although if you maintain your wheels properly, you will not have the need to use Wheel Brightener every time.
Here is how I use Wheel Brightener. First, I make sure the surface is cool and wet. I soak the wheel as much as possible. I lightly mist the chemical onto the wheel surface being careful not to allow too much onto the brake components. I allow to product to sit for 15-20 seconds to help loosen, then I use my wheel brush for the face of the wheels while I use my EZ-Detail Brush to make sure behind the spokes and the barrel of the wheels are clean. Having the right product and tools and knowing how to properly use them is the key.
Here is a 2006 Audi A4 with neglected wheels. I did a small photo shoot for you guys to help you get a better understanding of what needs to be done. Here you can see the wheel is covered in hard brake dust deposit that has sat for quite some time. The wheels have no shine to it and takes away from the vehicles appearance.
The first thing you need to do is spray a liberal amount of water onto the surface. This will help loosen the brake dust.
Next, take you Super Degreaser and make sure to cover the tire, wheel well and some of the wheel.
Next, grab the Wheel Brightener and spray the wheel and behind onto the barrel.
Next you want to use your wheel/tire brush and scrub the tire and the face of the wheel. Give a quick rinse before moving onto the barell.
After the tire and face of the wheel are complete, take you EZ Detail Brush and scrub the barrel of the wheel and behind the spokes.
This next step is just as important. Because of the severity of brake dust on these wheels, I rinsed my brush after each section before going onto the next. This keeps your brush clean and allows it to work much better. This will also keep your wash bucket/media cleaner, longer so your doing no cross contamination within the wheels.
Note : Two pics above where I was, now look where I’m at after cleaning my EZ Detail Brush.
You can see here how clean the wheel bucket water is once I’m complete. This was after all 4 wheels, I started on the driver front side and worked my way around. Not only is it safer to for your wheels, but it keeps your tools and supplies in great shape by keeping them clean.