After Care following an Alloy Wheel Repair
TOP TIPS for great after care
Here are our TOP TIPS for looking after your alloy wheels following alloy wheel repair
Your new wheels are supplied with a protective lacquer finish to help protect against corrosion:
- Give them a coating of good quality car polish back and front to help prevent the road salt, brake dust and dirt 'keying' to the surface on first use.
- Use an alloy wheel wax to help clean, restore and protect them against brake dust and moisture. Whilst not essential, using a specialised alloy wheel wax will also mean that your alloy wheels are easier to clean.
- Clean frequently.
- How often you need to clean your alloy wheels depends on the environment, road hazards and weather conditions. If you are in a harsh winter environment where salt and chemicals are used to de-ice the roads, it's more important to clean frequently.
- Frequent washing with mildly soapy warm water [having hosed all the loose abrasive grit off first] is the best way to keep wheels clean. Never use abrasive cleansers, electric buffers or wire wool pads on your wheels.
- It is important you keep alloy wheels clean of brake dust to prevent damage as the brake dust is corrosive.
- Where possible let your wheels cool thoroughly before cleaning them.
- Avoid car-wash wheel-cleaners in case they scratch, along with jet/pressure washers as they can strip back the lacquer and paint from any stone chips or kerb damage on the wheel.
- Whilst there are dedicated alloy wheel cleaners available some may contain acid based chemicals which will erode the finish in the long term whilst giving a good result in the short term. We would recommend that you only use Non Caustic based alloy wheel cleaners.