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How-to: Cleaning Your Wheels/Rims

Cleaning Wheels with a Painted Finish

When cleaning your new wheels, we recommend that you refrain from using chemical wheel cleaners. Many of them contain caustic chemicals that can damage the clear-coated finish by clouding it or even removing it. If you wash your vehicle on a regular basis, there is really no need to use them. When washing your vehicle, start with the wheels first. Try to wash them when they are cool, not after a long drive. The brakes heat the wheels up, making them difficult to clean and dry. Since the finish on your wheels is similar to your vehicle’s paint job, use a mild detergent that is designed for use on automotive finishes. Use a washing mitt or a soft sponge. Never use any type of brush or abrasive pad as these will scratch and damage the finish. Because the finish of painted wheels is similar to the paint job on a vehicle, we also recommend waxing the exposed areas of your wheels three to four times a year or more if you live in a harsh climate. This will maintain the new look longer and will help keep road grime and the elements from damaging the finish of your new wheels.

Cleaning Wheels with a Chrome Plated Finish

The same rules for wheels with a painted finish apply to wheels with a chrome plated finish. However, chrome plating is more delicate and does require more care. You may wish to clean and wax them more often. Be sure not use any abrasive chrome polishes as this could scratch the chrome plating. If you live in a climate where road salts are used in the winter months, we recommend that you remove your plated wheels during this time. Chrome plated wheels will rapidly pit and become cloudy when exposed to road salt for any extended period, as the salt contains chemicals which breaks down the finish on this type of wheel.

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