The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Caring for Your Alloy Wheels

Wherever you live, alloy wheels can come in for damage. Especially if you live in a coastal location, such as Portrush, Bangor, Ayr, Liverpool or Swansea, for example, the salty sea air can have an even more corrosive effect on them. Of course, moving somewhere inland might not be a practical solution just for the sake of your alloys. Even so, people who live and drive nowhere near the coast will still have to care for their alloy wheels to get the best out of them. Whether you have a new set of alloys and want to know how to maintain them or are considering buying some for the first time, what do you need to know about their ongoing care?

1. Clean Cool Alloys

Whether you live in Portsmouth or Portrush, Belsize Park or Belfast, you should never be tempted to clean alloy wheels when they’re hot. If you’ve been out on the road on a sunny day, let them cool before cleaning them to get the best results. Equally, you shouldn’t use hot water when cleaning alloys – stick to warm water that feels comfortable to the touch.

2. Use Soap and Water

Investing in a set of alloys shouldn’t mean spending a fortune on cleaners to look after them. Get the best alloy wheels in Portrush from Tyre Safety Centre but don’t then order abrasive cleaners or chemical products to look after them. Instead, a mild car shampoo will be preferable. Dilute it to the recommended level in water and wipe your alloys by hand. Ideally, use a non-abrasive cloth to do the job of getting rid of dirt.

3. Dry Your Alloy Wheels

If you leave freshly cleaned alloys to dry naturally, then you can end up with unsightly marks, often referred to as water spots. Although these won’t do any harm to your wheels, they don’t look great. Therefore, if you want to avoid them, use a lint-free cloth after you have cleaned your alloys and wipe them over to remove excessive amounts of water and any shampoo that may remain. This way, they will look better for longer.

4. Avoid the Car Wash

Automated car washes are convenient, but they will often scratch the more delicate surfaces of alloy wheels. If you want to use a car wash, then seek a program that avoids the use of wheel scrubbers so you can clean them separately.

5. Apply a Suitable Sealant

For your car’s alloy wheels’ aftercare, apply a sealant that has been specifically developed to protect them. In seaside towns like Portrush and Portmeirion, the North Atlantic can continue to do damage to alloys even when they have been cared for and all of the brake dirt and other grime has been removed from them. Start with a polish which you should apply with a clean cloth. Allow it to sit on the alloys’ surfaces before working it with the cloth to remove excess. To stop the protective layer of polishing from fading, use a sealant which will safeguard them for longer.

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