Chrome wheels are often an extension of the driver’s personality, and as such, should be taken care of delicately and with detail. The incorporation of chrome unfortunately makes these types of wheels susceptible to wearing and chipping, or at the very least, losing their shine. Luckily, there are ways to soundly protect them and increase their longevity as well. So what is the best protection for chrome wheels?
Give Your Wheels A Bath
Before a solution can enclose the agents on chrome to protect the wheels, they always need to be rinsed first. Getting rid of brake dust and particles will allow the surface to easily obtain the chemicals and use them accordingly.
“Wheel clay shares a perfect marriage with chrome wheels because the substance lifts off embedded impurities that are naked to the eye swiftly…Clay works wonders at molding to any shape however awkward, and making the surface smooth and ready for polishing”
Chrome Wheel Cleaner
Not to be confused with water, chrome wheel cleaners are detergents specific to this type of material. These are found in the form of sprays and gels, and their purpose is to safely protect the finish without using any acid. All of these chemicals are non-acidic and safe.
Use A Wheel Brush
A wheel brush is different than a paint brush in that it is usually longer and almost looks like a duster. It finely executes thorough cleaning by getting into small cracks of the chrome wheels and disposing of foreign elements. Other brushes can be used, but a wheel brush is recommended because it can be used on big spots or small spaces just as easily.
Use Wheel Clay
Wheel clay shares a perfect marriage with chrome wheels because the substance lifts off embedded impurities that are naked to the eye swiftly. Clay works wonders at molding to any shape however awkward, and making the surface smooth and ready for polishing. Remember, wheel clay is not the same as detailing clay. The latter makes its name by going over the body of a vehicle. The former goes on the wheel. Do not confuse the two as cross contamination can undo positive effects on the chrome.
Using a chrome and metal polish, either apply it to an applicator pad, or use an electric polishing tool to cover the wheel. It is important to note that plastic chrome will not react to this detergent the same as metal. The big dogs in the chrome department offer chemicals designed for REAL chrome, so do not use them on substitutes. After the polish has engulfed the whole wheel, a wiping of a microfiber cloth will smooth out the finish you created.
Also referred to as wheel waxes, they are the final task to protecting your chrome wheels. This should only be included once the polish has fully dried. Using a buffing motion, the applicator pad full of the solution will prevent the surface from dust and promote shininess for an extended period.
If you are smart enough to have a professional auto detailer take care of your chrome wheel needs, they will ensure that all you will need to restore them in the future is a regular and hassle free detailing regiment, as opposed to buying new ones altogether or swapping them out.