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If you take pride in your car, you’ll know that keeping it clean and presentable is about so much more than simply giving it a quick rinse down with the hosepipe and soaking the exterior with warm soapy water.
To really make your vehicle shine and sparkle, you need to focus on the smaller jobs as these small things are what can make the biggest difference.
When detailing a vehicle, if you neglect the wheels, it would be the equivalent of baking a cake and forgetting to ice it.
As far as detailing the tires and rims goes, though, it pays to know how to make your wheels sparkle, which is why we’ve compiled this list of several top tires and rims detailing tips today. This way, you can have professional looking rims by doing it yourself.
Remove and clean each wheel
When you’re at home looking to give your car a quick wash, you’ll almost certainly not bother unscrewing each wheel to give it a clean.
Today, though, we’re talking about doing a thorough and professional job and as mentioned, so it’s these small steps that make the biggest difference.
Assuming that you have the tools and the expertise to remove a wheel safely, doing so will make your tire and rim detailing task run a whole lot smoother and it will yield far more impressive results as well.
Clean the inner rim
Once the wheels are off, you now have access to the alloys, and you can begin cleaning.
Start off by cleaning the inner rim and behind the spokes of the alloy.
You can use a strong hot water and soap combination, though we recommend a suitable alloy wheel cleaning solution that cuts through dirt and grease.
Rinse thoroughly and repeat again if necessary.
Clean the outer face
Once you are satisfied that the inner rim is as clean as you’ll get it, you can then flip the wheel and clean the outer face.
Again, a wheel cleaning solution is best, although a strong hot soapy water will also work if not.
To get into the lug holes and hard-to-reach areas, you can use a detailing brush.
Polish and protect
Once you’ve removed the dirt, grease, and grime from the exterior of the wheel, you can then polish and protect it.
Using an alloy wheel polish and a microfibre towel give the wheels a good polish until they sparkle and shine.
To protect them, add a layer of quality sealant as this will improve the finish, and also help to protect the wheels in the future.
Finish with a tire dressing
To finish your wheels, you can focus on the tires and use a tire-cleaning solution before rinsing away and finishing them with a tire dressing.
A tire dressing will really help to bring out the blackness of the rubber and will provide a fantastic contrast between the tires and sparkling alloys.
Water-based dressings tend not to last as long but help to protect the tires, and silicone-based ones offer a better glossy finish but don’t offer as much protection for the rubber.