The appearance and condition of our alloys can make or break how we (and others) view your car. So today we’re going to show you how to clean your car rims properly so we can keep our car in pristine condition from top to bottom.

We can spend all day waxing and polishing but if at the end of the day your rims are dirty they can seriously let down the rest of your car.

But it’s not like they’re easy to keep clean either, with your brakes sheltering behind them and the road(with all the grime that comes along with it) right below them, it’s no surprise how quickly they can fall into bad condition.

How Do Rims And Alloys Get So Dirty?Brake Dust - Before

As I mentioned above it’s primarily because of where your rims are situated on your car, our brake discs and pads directly behind our rims continuously deposit debris and brake dust which falls right onto our precious alloys.

This is not to be taken too lightly as the majority of brake dust is made up of tiny iron particles that have a microscopic jagged edge which if left unattended for a while can leave permanent damage. But so long as you notice it relatively early we can still deal with it no harm done.

Being so low to the ground doesn’t help much either, your alloys are constantly coming under attack from all directions, any dirt, fallout and contaminants that may be present on the road surface can always find its way onto our rims, giving them that dirty, black appearance.

How Can We Restore The Shine To Our Rims?

If your wheels are black or covered with brake dust, all is not lost! I’ll be able to talk you through my method that I use to not only clean your alloys and bring back the shine but I’ll also show you how you can maintain the shine and repel brake dust and dirt before it even lands on your wheel.

So first things first,

How To Clean Your Car RimsClean Car Wheels

What you will need;

1 x Autoglym Clean Wheels

1 x Wheel Cleaning Brush(possibly 2 depending on how dirty your alloys are)

Access to a hose / jet wash

Autoglym Clean Wheels is made for use on lacquered alloy, painted and plastic finishes if your wheels are different to these you should use Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner Instead.

Once you have everything you need, follow the simple steps below.

Step One
– If you have just driven your car for a long distance your wheels are likely to be too hot to touch, in this case, chill out for 30 minutes or so while your wheel cools.

Step Two –
Working from bottom to top, spray the cleaner very generously all over your alloy ensuring even coverage, don’t worry if you get over spray on your tyres, this product can also be used on your tyres, ideally just before applying your chosen tyre dressing to enhance the black shine.

Step Three – Now, with your alloys soaked in cleaner, grab your wheel brush and agitate the cleaner scrubbing all around your alloy, pay extra attention to the spots that tend to build up more dust and dirt than others, say for example, between the spokes.

Step Four –
Use your hose / power washer to thoroughly rinse down your rim. Make sure you remove all excess dirt and cleaner before continuing onto the next wheel.

If there is any dirt remaining simply repeat the process.

How To Clean Special Alloys

For many parts of the car that may be made of special material or special paint, cleaning time can often be a pain. More times than not if you go wrong you could damage the special material.

That isn’t the case for special wheels, if your wheels are not made of lacquered alloy, plastic or painted finishes then simply replace the Autoglym Clean Wheels with Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner.

You can use the exact same method that I talked you through earlier in this tutorial, the only difference being that you’re using the Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner than opposed to Autoglym Clean Wheels.

How To Keep Your Alloys Shiny Going Forward

So right now our alloys should be shining and everything is great, but we know that within 2 or 3 days they will already have picked up more dirt and dust.

The idea of this step is to show you how to actually prevent the dirt and dust from landing on your alloy, meaning once you have your alloys nice and clean, they will stay clean for longer which means you can clean them less often ultimately saving you money.

The product I use for this is called Wheel Guard Max Coat Rim & Wheel Sealant by Chemical Guys, a high-quality, respected and upcoming brand in Automotive Detailing. Below I’ll tell you some more about the product.

Max Coat Wheel Sealant In A Nutshell

Chemical Guys WAC_303 - Wheel Guard Rim & Wheel Sealant (8 oz)A coating of the product repels brake dust, road grime and dirt, it protects wheels to prevent corrosion. It leaves behind a deep glossy shine on any gloss wheel.

It can be used for gloss painted, powder coated, chrome, or polished aluminium, stainless steel, or even gold wheels, everything!

The slippery shield formula they use makes cleaning of the wheels much easier because the dirt just struggles to stick. On top of all that, it provides up to 8 months protection!

It reduces brake dust and dirt by up to 75% when compared to unprotected wheels.

How To Use

Step One – Apply a small amount onto a microfiber applicator pad and dab a bit onto each section of your wheel.
Step Two –
Gently work it into your alloy ensuring even coverage, do this until it has been rubbed all over your alloy.
Step Three –
Let it sit for 15 mins, in the meantime you could begin the other wheels but don’t forget which one you did first!
Step Four –
Come back with a clean microfiber towel and buff it out, bringing out the glossy shine.

You can now sit back knowing that your rims are perfectly clean and are protected for another 8 months! If only every detailing job was this easy!

Where To Buy The Products?

You can pick up all of these products for a relatively small price when compared to the prices of a wheel refurbishment! If you are interested in any of these products you can read my full review and purchase them through clicking the link of the product your looking for below.

Autoglym Clean Wheels 1 Litre- £14.10

Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner 500ml – £8.88

Chemical Guys Wheel Guard Max Coat Rim & Wheel Sealant – $19.99

Hope I Helped!

I hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial I hope I covered everything for you and now you’re ready to clean those wheels properly and keep them clean, if there’s anything else you need to know about cleaning your wheels or if you have any experiences you’d like to share with us, leave a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

Happy Detailing!