We seem to have an obsession with wheels and tires.
Cleaning Wheels, Tires and Wheel Wells are simple if you use the right tools and you can minimize the mess.
Even on brand new cars, the wheels are more closely resembling aftermarket rims, and the tires are getting more "low profile".
Given the importance that today's automotive designers and the public put on wheels and tires - dirty wheels, tires and wheel wells take away from a vehicle's overall appearance and reduce it's value.
Now you can get fast, commercial-quality results by using the same products the "pros" do - and by doing it yourself!
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Wheel and tire surfaces are under constant attack - more so than other parts of your vehicle's finishes. Other than the usual grime and dirt, wheels, tires and wheels are continually pummeled by brake dust, road tar, and winter salt - it can't be avoided.
Today's wheels come in a a variety of materials and finishes. The type of material and finish that your wheels have will dictate the type of cleaner or polish that you need. It's important to get the right type of cleaner to begin with.
Wheel rims basically fall into 2 categories: The first (and the majority) being either painted or clear coated wheels. The second category is usually polished aluminum or other materials, without a clear coat and usually found on most aftermarket high end wheels.
Cleaning Coated or Painted Rims and Wheels
Care should be taken when cleaning your wheels just like when cleaning the rest of your vehicle's finish. Never use anything abrasive as this can scratch any painted surface or clear coated surface of the wheel rim. Use a soft brush like the Ultra Soft Wheel Cleaning Brush, Wheel Crevice Brush or Super Soft Wheel Brushdepending on the style and design of the wheel rim. For cleaning hard to get at nooks and crannies like around lug nuts, use a specialized brush like our Lug Nut Brush.
Make sure that your wheels are cool to the touch before using any cleaners. For best results for these type of wheels, pre-treat wheels and tires by liberally spraying Jax Wax Super Citrus cleaner onto the surface. This method will safely remove any brake dust without having to vigorously scrub the wheel with a brush to prevent scratching the surface of the wheel.
Follow this with using your brush of choice or wash mitt, and wash like you would any other surface on your vehicle and rinse. This will get your wheels completely clean. You can use this method at home or at the self-serve car wash. We have used this method of pre-treating wheels and tires with success at automated car washes as well.
Cleaning Polished Aluminum and Alloy Rims and Wheels
Generally speaking, you don't want to use anything other than car soap and metal polish to clean non clear coated polished aftermarket wheels. The main reason is that depending on the finish, any wheel cleaners could potentially "spot" the finish and you will end up having to polish the spots out.
After washing, rinse and dry the wheel. Follow with polishing with a metal polish. We recommend Purple Metal Polish for the excellent results, it works across all type of metals and finishes and it's so easy to use.
Cleaning Tires and Wheel Wells
Tires, even new tires - should be cleaned before using any type of dressing! To clean tires, spray Jax Wax Super Citrusliberally on the tire sidewalls. Follow this by agitating with a Tire Brush then rinse. With a little agitation of your brush, Jax Wax Super Citrus makes whitewalls and white lettered tires look like new!
To clean wheel wells, follow the same procedure with Jax Wax Super Citrus and use a Long Fender Brush to get inside the wheel wells to make it easier and less messy. Jax Wax Super Citrus will easily dissolve any and all of the road grime, dirt and mud that gets accumulated and caked on from driving.
After you clean your tires and rims, you will want to use a solvent based dressing to dress your tires. We recommend using
Jax Wax Super Blue. The reason is that if you use a water based dressing, as soon as water comes in contact with it - it's gone. A solvent based dressing holds up much better.
Use a tire applicator specifically designed for applying the tire dressing. Spray Jax Wax Super Blue on the tire sidewall AND the applicator and spread the tire dressing evenly on the surface. Don't be concerned about getting any product on the rim - Jax Wax Super Blue will not hurt or stain the wheel rim surface.
This is where personal preference comes into play. If you are a "high gloss tire guy" simply let the product dry. f you are "low gloss natural look tire guy" wipe the product while it is wet. It's really simple to get the look you want.
Dressing White Wall or White Lettered Tires
Instead of using Jax Wax Super Blue, use an aerosol product like Jax Wax Instant Shine to dress your tires for white walls or white lettered tires. That way you won't introduce any dirt or grime into the newly cleaned white surfaces on the tires from a soiled tire dressing applicator.
Dressing Wheel Wells
To make wheel wells look factory fresh, liberally spray the surface with
Jax Wax Super Blue. It will dry and make them look naturally clean and black. You can use this same technique when staging your vehicle at a car show to hide any dirt and grime in the wheel wells.
The reason that we are confident that you will love the products is simple - We ARE the Manufacturer. Even though more costly, we only use the highest quality ingredients and do not dilute our products to increase profits.
These are the same wheel and tire automotive detailing products that we sell to our commercial customers consisting of hundreds of car dealers, professional detailers and auto body shops every day. Jax Wax wheel and tire car care products are commercial products that are of higher quality than than most "retail" interior car care products that sit on the "wax wall" vying for your hard earned dollars with slick labels and packaging.
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