July 29, 2008Hello Everyone,
What is the best and safest way to clean your PT Cruiser''s wheels? Here is some helpful information on the subject!
First, and foremost, always use the correct wheel cleaner for your type of wheels! The best and safest way to remove brake dust, dirt, and road grime from wheels is to match the type of wheel cleaner to the type of wheel you''re cleaning. Using the wrong wheel cleaner can lead to discoloring, dulling, and permanent staining. When in doubt, contact the wheel manufacture and ask them for their recommendations.
When cleaning neglected *or* extremely dirty wheels with extra heavy build-up of brake dust and road grime, instead of relying solely on a chemical cleaner for its cleaning power, boost the power of your wheel cleaner by using either a soft wheel brush *or* quality household paint brush.
When it comes to cleaning extremely dirty wheels, many people seek-out an extra strong wheel cleaner to do all of the work, when all the extra strength they really need can be found in their arms.
Don''t make the mistake of trying to take the easy way out by resorting to an extra strength cleaner that can potentially damage your wheels because it''s too strong. This is a common mistake people make when they rely on cleaners that are too strong, *or* use common under the sink multi-purpose cleaners that were never intended for use on their particular wheel surface.
Twice is Nice
Instead of using a more aggressive and potentially harmful cleaner on your car''s wheels, try cleaning your wheels twice using a soft bristle wheel brush, *or* Ultra Soft Wheel Brush. Even a high quality household paintbrush along with a little extra elbow grease will help you get you wheels clean easily and safely.
Your first wheel cleaning will remove a majority of the built up brake dust and road grime. This will allow the next application of wheel cleaner to go right to work on the built-up brake dust and road grime that was underneath the first layer.
By using a high quality wheel brush *or* a household paintbrush, you will effectively agitate the built-up brake dust and road grime enabling the wheel cleaning chemicals to penetrate, loosen, and break their grip on the surface of your wheels. A second application will only take a few extra minutes and it will do a much better job of safely cleaning your wheels, versus trying to get the job done quickly with only one application.
As Candyman says, "Frequent car care is easy car care". This goes for cleaning wheels too. Washing your car often and thoroughly cleaning your wheels each time you wash your car, including all of the nooks and crannies, will prevent excessive brake dust and road grime from building up in the first place. Applying a protective coating of either a good Metal Polish, Jeweler''s Rouge, *or* even a good coat of wax *or* paint protectant (for coated, *or* factory painted wheels) to insure cleaning your wheels is fast and easy.
With routine maintenance, your wheels should look great for many years to come! As always, if you ever have a Detail Question, I am always here, and more than happy to lend a hand to a fellow Cruiser in need!
Take it easy, and we will catch you a little further down the road!