Wheel and Tire cleaning is the first step in my exterior detailing process. Like most detailing tasks, this can be time consuming, but the right tools and products will reduce your effort while producing even better results.
I always begin by cleaning the tires. An incredible amount of dirt and grime can accumulate on the rubber that makes the tires look dull, faded, and old. Many consumers reach for off the shelf, greasy tire shine to make their tires look good, but these products simply build up on the surface of the tire over time and create a thick layer of gunk. Tires are often overlooked as part of the cleaning process, but removing this build up from the rubber will certainly enhance the look of the tire, and also help to keep the rubber healthy.
I have found the Tuf Shine Tire Cleaner and Tuf Shine Tire Brush to work very well for me when it comes to cleaning tires. The tire cleaner works quickly to break through the dirt and grime on the face of the tire, as seen in the photo below. The stiff bristled brush then makes it easy to scrub through the layer of filth. Due to the impressive amount of crud on some tires, this process may need to be repeated many times to remove everything, however routine cleaning will make the process much quicker.
It seems that many vehicle owners also neglect their wheels. The car may get washed from time to time, but the wheels rarely receive the full attention they deserve. A high quality wheel cleaner is crucial for breaking down the dirt and grime that builds up on the wheels. I reach for P21S Gel Wheel Cleaner on the majority of my jobs, and it does great on tough buildup. Another great choice is Sonax Wheel Cleaner Plus. These products, as well as others, will make cleaning heavy buildup much quicker as they work to loosen dirt so that it wipes away easily with your brushes.
While the wheel cleaner helps to loosen the dirt on the surface, the tools you have will make it much easier to remove the grime from every area of the wheels. Remember, we never use the same wash media on our wheels as we do on our paint, therefore you need a separate bucket as well as some specialized tools to really maximize your results when cleaning your wheels. The tools I use most often are my Wheel Woolies, Boar’s Hair Detailing Brush, and EZ Detail Brush. These tools are safe and very effective on all types of wheels.
Once you’ve got your wheels cleaned up, it’s always a good idea to apply a layer of protection as well. Keeping your wheels sealed will help to keep them looking better for longer periods of time and will also make cleaning much easier overtime. You simply cannot find a quicker, easier, or better looking sealant than CarPro HydrO2. Be sure to read my article on How to Seal Your Wheels in Under a Minute with HydrO2.
Click Here to check out other articles on wheel cleaning on the Detailed Image Ask-A-Pro Blog.
As always, thanks for reading!