Wheel cleaning can be a tedious task, which is probably why most people can’t stand cleaning their wheels. Without the proper tools, it can be quite difficult to properly clean your wheels, both the barrel and the faces. People commonly avoid cleaning them simply because they do not have the correct tool for the job. With the right tools, you’ll be able to clean your wheels quickly and easily. Let’s compare two (2) of the most popular wheel cleaning tools on the market.
First up we have the Wheel Woolie line, which come in varies sizes and configurations making them very versatile. These are great tools and one of my personal favorites for wheel cleaning. They feature a nice plush synthetic wool-like cleaning head that is safe on even the more delicate surfaces. You can purchase these separate or buy the three piece kit which includes the 1″, 2″ and 3″ woolies. Also available in a kit is the caliper version which has a 45 degree bend just prior to the brush head. You will find yourself using these on more than just wheels. They work great for cleaning exhaust tips and grilles. You will want to be certain to thoroughly rinse them after use if you are using them for anything other than wheels however.
EZ Detail Brushes
Next we have the DI EZ Detail Brushes, which is available in a full size brush measuring 18″ long by 4.5″ in round or the mini version that is 13″ long by 2.5″ round. Both of these brushes feature soft nylon bristles capable of cutting through even the heaviest dirt, while still be gentle enough for use on painted areas such as grille or door jambs. Any time I am working on a car with wheels that have a lot of tight spaces on them these are my go to brushes for cleaning. The tip of the brushes is covered with a vinyl tip nearly eliminating the risk of scratches or damage during use. The shaft of the brush also has a vinyl cover along with a very nice knuckle guard which is handy for use in engine bays and other areas where you are working around a lot of object. I find these brushes to be more versatile for tighter work spaces, however in my opinion they require a bit more agitation to fully clean as opposed to the Wheel Woolies.
If you find yourself cleaning wheels of all makes, sizes and styles, it is certainly handy to have both these on hand. They each do something similar, yet unique from the other!