Greetings to the CustomPinoyRides community! Thank you for your continued patronage. Welcome to our fourth installment of the much read DIY Auto Detailing thread. If you haven’t been able to follow our previous topics, here’s a brief run-down of what we have discussed so far:
- DIY Auto Detailing Part 1: The Engine Bay
- DIY Auto Detailing Part 2: The Body
- DIY Auto Detailing Part 3: Windshields and Windows
Here in our fourth installment, we’ll be discussing how to detail your precious Wheels and Tires.
Materials needed for Wheel and Tire detailing:
- Mild Car Shampoo
- Wheel Brush
- Citrus-based Wheel Cleaner
- Tire Dressing
Detailing your Wheels and Tires:
Before starting, make sure your wheels and brakes are cool. This will prevent water spots and streaks from forming. You should also be aware that some manufacturers have put a protective clear coat on silver and colored wheels, but wheels with polished lips or completely polished wheels may not.
Clean the wheels and tires using a wheel brush with mild car shampoo mixed with water. Anything other than mild car shampoo may damage the protectant coating, but if you wish to use other cleaners, test it on the back of the rim first. Use the citrus-based wheel cleaner with a soft toothbrush to reach crevices where oil and dirt have built up. For polished lips, use the wheel cleaner. For chrome wheels, there are chrome wheel cleaners available in the market.
Once the wheels and tires have been cleaned and are good and dry, apply tire dressing using the applicator pad. Then wipe of any tire dressing that may have gotten to the rims or body using a damp cotton terry cloth towel.
And if you’ve ever wondered how those show cars got their super clean and shiny tires, with tire dressing all the way around and even across the tire tread, those cars have a separate set of wheels to drive to the show, and the detailed ones are installed once there.
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