Its the little things that set off the look of your freshly detailed car! Things like compounding to remove defects, polishing to restore gloss and clarity to the paint, and sealants and waxes to protect that finish make up about 90% of the overall look of the car, but what makes up the final 10%? It’s the little things!
One of those many little things in particular are the wheel arches / wheel wells! Lets say you have a freshly cleaned wheel and tire that you just cleaned with CG diablo wheel gel and an ez detail brush, then dressed the tire with something like meguiars hyper dressing at a 2:1 ratio and you love the look of everything about the wheel and tire, but something just isnt sitting right….its the area behind the wheel (the backdrop to your “wheel picture”.)
Here is the perfect time to address that concern!
What you want to do is clean the wheel well thoroughly to remove all dirt and grime that has built up. I like to use a couple of different products for this process: meguiars super degreaser and/or chemical guys grime reaper APC. I’ll pre-rinse the wheel well and remove the loose dirt from the wheel well, then liberally apply the cleaner of choice and scrub and clean as best as possible, then rinse that out and dry. After a few minutes of air drying, I’ll spray my chemical guys barebones evenly and let it setup and dry on its own. After it’s almost dry, I’ll wipe it down with a terry cloth towel if it streaks (applied too heavy) for a smooth look. Now I have that black / dark backdrop for my clean wheel picture!
I would repeat this process once every month depending on driving conditions! Looks much better with a dressed wheel well!!!