Wheel Care - Mothers
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December 19, 2017
Factory Painted and Clear Coated Wheels
December 19, 2017

Wheel Care

The Cleaning Process for Your Wheels

If your wheels aren’t too grimy, you could get them clean when you are in the process of washing your car – from top to bottom. The soap travels down and does some of the work for you. Cleaning your wheels can really be this simple, and if it’s not, we’ve got your back there too.

  • Always leave the wheels for last.
  • For more stubborn dirt, make use of a dedicated product like Mothers® Wheel & Tire Cleaner.
  • Use a sponge or mitt designed for wheel care. This prevents dirt from wheels getting tracked all over and possibly damaging the rest of your vehicle.
  • Be sure to use the appropriate wheel cleaner. Some wheels are fine with a gentler approach, while others like roughcast aluminium act as a sticking platform for dirt and need stronger cleaning agents.

Detail Tip:

Read the Instructions and Specifications on Wheel-Care Chemicals

The chemicals in wheel-care products are extremely powerful. There’s no such thing as repeating this too many times. Take the time to read the instructions and warnings on the label of your wheel cleaning product to make sure it’s exactly what you need. If not, find another product that is.

The reason behind super strong wheel cleaning agents is that they do a job that regular soap simply cannot. And as strong as these products are, they are also very specific to the type of wheel they were formulated to clean. Different types of wheel finishes require different chemical cleaners, and to save you from assuming the fetal position in despair brought on by not knowing where to even begin, we’ve outlined the range of Mothers® wheel cleaners and the types of wheels they’re prescribed for.
Should you not see your wheels on the list below, do some more research before going on.

Foaming Wheel & Tire Cleaner
  • OEM factory painted/clear coat (gloss finish)
  • OEM factory hubcaps
  • PVD

Chrome Wheel Cleaner
  • Chrome plate
  • Chrome-wire
  • Chrome-wire hubcaps
Aluminium Wheel Cleaner
  • Uncoated aluminium
  • Magnesium
  • Billet
  • OEM factory painted/clear coat (gloss finish)
  • OEM factory hubcaps
  • Stainless steel
  • Chrome plate
  • Chrome clad
  • PVD
First, read the instructions and warnings on the wheel cleaner best suited to your set of wheels. Next, you will want to start off slowly, using a small amount of product to see how it works. Agitation with a brush often helps to get to stubborn dirt and grime. Be sure to use a soft bristle brush that won’t scratch your wheels, like Mothers® Wheel Brush that will protect your wheel finishes while it cleans. For a more delicate touch, you could always opt for a mitt or sponge, remembering to never use that same sponge anywhere else on your vehicle.

Note: Only work on dry, cool wheels. Cleaning hot or warm wheels will dull their finish.