I will show you how to clean matte-finish wheels in today’s article. Cleaning wheels are essential to detailing, and I’ll use various products and tools to do the job effectively. So let’s get started!
Gathering the Necessary Tools and Products
Before we begin, let’s gather all the tools and products needed for this cleaning process. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Various Work Stuff brushes
- Wheel mitt
- A bucket filled with foamy water
- Pure:est Wheel Cleaner and Iron Remover
- Pure:est Wheel Protection Spray
- Pure:est Tire and Trim Dressing
Preparing the Wheel Cleaning Solution
To start, fill your bucket with hot water. If it’s a hot summer day, you can use cold water instead. We’ll use the Pure:est Wheel Cleaner and Iron Remover for this cleaning process. This product is excellent for deep cleaning and removing iron and brake dust from the wheels. You can also use the Shine Supplies Wheel Cleaner, a high-alkaline cleaner, on the tires at a 4:1 ratio.
Spraying the Wheels with Cleaner
Now that we have our cleaning solution ready, it’s time to spray the wheels with the wheel cleaner. If the wheels are hot from being in the sun, it’s best to rinse them first to cool them down before applying the cleaner. However, since it’s a cool day and not in direct sunlight, we can spray the cleaner directly onto the wheels without rinsing.
Agitating, Cleaning, and Protecting the Wheels
Once the cleaner is applied, it’s time to start agitating and cleaning the wheels. You can use a variety of brushes for this step. The Work Stuff brushes are great for getting into all the nooks and crannies of the wheels. The wheel mitt is also a helpful tool, especially for black gloss wheels. Start by agitating the cleaner on the wheels, paying attention to any areas with stubborn dirt or brake dust.
You can use a spray-on rinse-off type of ceramic sealant to protect the wheels and add a layer of ceramic protection. We used Pure:est Hydrophobic Shampoo in the video as a wheel protection spray. You can spray it directly onto the wheels or onto a mitt and then agitate it onto the wheels. This will leave a layer of ceramic protection behind, regardless of whether the wheels are matte or gloss black.
After protecting the wheels, it’s time to rinse them off. Use a hose or pressure washer to thoroughly rinse off the cleaner and any dirt or debris. Once the wheels are rinsed, it’s essential to dry them properly. This step allows you to protect the wheels and ensures that any tire dressings will bond better. Take the time to dry the wheels and tires thoroughly.
Improving the Look of Matte Wheels
After cleaning and protecting the wheels, you may notice that there are still some areas that look dry or dirty. This is common with matte finish wheels that have not been adequately cleaned in the past. To improve the look of these areas, you can use a spray sealant specifically designed for wheels. In the video, we used Pure:est Wheel Protection spray. Spray it onto the wheels, let it dwell for 30-60 seconds, and then wipe it off. This will add a bit of sheen to the matte finish and improve the overall look of the wheels.
Taking Care of Matte Wheels
It’s important to note that matte finish wheels require regular cleaning and protection to maintain their appearance. They may show signs of wear and fading if neglected and not regularly cleaned and protected. So, if you have matte wheels, make sure to take care of them correctly and on a regular basis. If you’re a professional detailer, educating your customers about the importance of regular wheel maintenance is also important.
Finishing Touches: Tire Dressing
Remember to dress the tires to complete the wheel cleaning process.
We like Pure:est Tire and Trim, a water-based dressing that leaves a nice, natural satin shine. Apply the dressing to the tires using a foam applicator or a brush, making sure to evenly coat the entire tire surface.
Cleaning matte finish wheels is integral to maintaining their appearance and prolonging their lifespan. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can effectively clean and protect your matte wheels. Remember to gather all the necessary tools and products, prepare the cleaning solution, spray the wheels with cleaner, agitate and clean the wheels using brushes and a wheel mitt, rinse and dry the wheels properly, apply wheel protection for added ceramic protection, and improve the look of the wheels with a spray sealant. Remember to also dress the tires for a finished look. Taking care of matte wheels requires regular cleaning and protection, so incorporate these steps into your regular maintenance routine.
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