Ok, This week I’m going over my process for wheels & tires.
nyway, back to the topic at hand. I’ve noticed that many vehicle owners, while they enjoy the car washing process, often neglect their wheels and tires. Because this part of the vehicle is frequently the dirtiest, this is where I begin my wash process. I work on one wheel at a time so here we go....
First things first, I rinse the wheel with a strong blast of water from a pressure washer or standard hose nozzle. This will do a good job of knocking off any loose dirt, brake dust, salt, etc. from the wheel. It’s important to do this so that you’re not rubbing it into the wheel in the following steps.
Next, I spray the wheel and tire with P&S Brake Buster diluted 5:1 (water to product) with an IK Foamer. If you only have a standard spray bottle that’s just fine. If you don’t dilute it, that’s just fine too. I choose to dilute because it works just fine and it greatly extends the number of washes I get out of a container of wheel cleaners
While the Brake Buster is dwelling on the surface of the wheel, I take my tire brush and start scrubbing the tire. This will remove any accumulation of tire shine, dirt, grime etc. and leave a clean & fresh surface behind.
Once I’ve sufficiently cleaned the tire, it’s time to move on to the wheel. Using a wet brush designed to clean the insides of your wheels (Wheel Woolies) clean the barrels first working between each spoke as well as you can. When the barrels have been agitated, take your DETAIL BRUSH and get the lug nuts & recesses. Finally, using a SEPARATE microfiber mitt that NEVER touches your car’s paint, wash the face of the wheel as well as any nooks and crannies like around valve stems, in the corners of spokes, etc. note, you may have to add some wheel cleaner to the wheel during this process to keep it from drying out.
Once scrubbed, brushed and washed, rinse the wheel completely ensuring there is no wheel cleaner left behind. While this is a Ph neutral cleaner, left on the surface for too long it will cause some spotting that you’ll have to remove.
Next, spray a little Brake Buster or all purpose cleaner in your wheel well and lightly scrub with a long handled brush. Clean wheel wells help push a regular wash up a few notches and really ice the cake.
The very last step in the wheel cleaning process comes after you wash the vehicle. Take a quality microfiber drying towel that you only use on your wheels and dry them to avoid water spots.
Once everything is fully dry, apply a water based tire dressing such as IGL TYRE, stand back and admire.
And there you have it. You’ve successfully cleaned your wheels in a quick, efficient manner. The process takes about 20 minutes to do all of the wheels and it really makes a big difference.