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How to Clean Your Wheels & Tires

 

There are 4 tools you will need to properly clean and detail your wheels – Tire and Wheel Cleaner, a soft bristle brush or boar hairs brush for wheels, a stiff brush for rubber and the wheel wells, and microfiber towels.

  1. When you wash your vehicle, clean the wheels and tires first. This will prevent overspray or grime from splashing onto clean paint. If you like to clean your wheels and tires with soap and water, use a separate wash and rinse bucket and soft bristle brush.
  2. You will want to choose the right cleaner for your wheel type. This is important not to choose a cleaner that may damage your wheels. There are some cleaners that are not safe for coated or painted wheels. Labels will tell you if the product is safe to use on coated or painted wheels. Our Shiney’s Bull Shine Wheel Cleaner is safe to use on all wheel types and are great on tires and is excellent on removing brake dust.
  3. Agitation…this is the key word for clean wheels and tires. Spray the wheel cleaner on the wheels and tires and begin to agitate.
  4. Start by agitating the wheels and scrubbing all the surfaces and in between the spokes. This helps to release all the brake dust, dirt, grease and road grime.
  5. Once all the brake dust, dirt, grease and road grime is released from the wheels, move to the tires and use the stiff brush to scrub all the dirt out of the tires. Dirt gets caught in tiny pores in the tires, and the stiff brush allows for you to really pull all the dirt from the dirt. A thoroughly cleaned tire is important for proper tire dressing application. 
  6. Rinse thoroughly to remove any excess product and dirt from the wheels and tires. 

Note: Always clean your tires and wheels one set at a time to prevent the cleaner from drying. Wash and then rinse with a hose or pressure washer before moving to the next tire.

7. Once all tires and wheels are clean, you need to dry your wheels. Use a microfiber towel to dry the wheels and only the wheels! This towel should not be used on the rest of the vehicle because it will be the dirtiest, nasty towel in your towel collection.

The drying process is important because it prevents water spots, and allows you to clean and shine the wheels ensuring there is no brake dust left behind. Drying the tire is also important to apply tire dressings. Applying tire dressing to a wet tire increases the chance of sling.