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How to clean aluminum rims effectively and thoroughly

The rims have a great influence on the overall visual effect of a vehicle and are therefore also referred to by car enthusiasts as the calling card of a car. Unfortunately, the face of the rims changes permanently as the mileage increases, as dirt particles and other adhesions stick to the rim surface. This can be remedied by extensive rim cleaning, but there are a few things to consider.

Required materials and resources
The cleaning of rims is basically a combination of chemical and mechanical cleaning, which is carried out with the help of cleaning tools and appropriate cleaning substances. The following materials are recommended for professional dirt removal:

  • Rim cleaner for steel and aluminum rims
  • Tools for rubbing in, such as a brush or toothbrush
  • high pressure cleaner

Step by step to radiant rims
Regardless of whether stubborn brake dust or annoying asphalt residues, even the heaviest dirt can be reliably removed with thorough and gentle cleaning. However, caution is advised because improper cleaning can negatively affect the appearance of the rims - for example through dull spots or small scratches. For this reason, the following work steps should be completed carefully and in the specified order.

01 A work surface with a drain and high-pressure cleaner must be available for optimal wheel rim cleaning, which is why a visit to a car wash is always advisable. The choice of the rim cleaner is even before the actual cleaning process. The material properties of your own rims should be known and the cleaner should be selected according to these criteria. Rim cleaners are mainly used for aluminum and steel rims that are not high-gloss or chrome rims. The quality of the selected cleaner should be as good as possible, as this factor is decisive for the subsequent result. Guidebooks that recommend oven cleaners and other home remedies are also circulating on the Internet, but they usually only cope with light soiling and cannot compete with a professional cleaner in terms of the overall picture.

02 When you arrive at the cleaning site, the cleaner is first applied to the rims. A brush or toothbrush that can be used to distribute the agent thoroughly is best for this work. The cleaning substance should be applied evenly and over the entire area and then act for a few minutes. The exact exposure time is listed on the label of the detergent bottle and should be adhered to in any case.

03 After it has taken effect, the surface is rinsed off with a high pressure cleaner, which also removes the dirt. When working with the high-pressure cleaner, only the area of ​​the rim should be sprayed and a constant distance should be maintained. In no case should the nozzle be held directly on sensitive parts such as brake hoses. After this process, the rim can be dried with a cloth and then shines with a new shine.

Cleaning tips

  • In any case, adhere to the specified exposure time and do not exceed it.
  • Work in small circular movements when applying the cleaner