Taking pride in your rims is something we can all relate to, particularly if it is a ride that came at a cost. Regardless of the type of vehicle however, polishing wheel rims is a necessary task, both for upkeep and appearance. To apply this action correctly, it should be done with time on your side as well as a few things to help you along the way.
This will obviously not be possible for everyone, but if you have the ability, remove the tires completely to give the rims a thorough cleansing. This well help in the wash angles you use and give it a ‘factory’ aesthetic.You should also have as many microfiber towels as you can manage, as even terrycloth is preferable over those of the paper variety. These towels will not only bring out the shine, but be less harsh on the wheels altogether.
“Use a foam painter’s pad, get rid of ‘curb rash’ and pitting, which are essentially areas that have been altered by your car touching the curb or gaining scratches along the way”
Rinse The Surface With Water
Before polishing the wheel rims, rinse every crevice with water. Not a lot of force is needed for this cause unless the grime is deeply embedded. Power washers should ONLY be used if your manufacturer has approved the rims to be able to handle that amount of push. While you can use traditional soap for this step, you are better off using cleaners specifically designed for rims. Oven cleaners can also provide some help, but make sure there is not a clear coat on the wheels, as the two will not react kindly to one another.
Use a foam painter’s pad, get rid of ‘curb rash’ and pitting, which are essentially areas that have been altered by your car touching the curb or gaining scratches along the way. Unless your wheel rims maintain a clear finish, dry paper is advised because it can smooth problem areas with ease.
Your wheel rims need to shine, and to do so ‘brightening’ agents are used to do literally what they sound like. A microfiber cloth to apply this cleaner will help you immensely in getting it evenly distributed.
Polish Inside Out
Using either polish paste or a liquid, apply it with your towel from the inside out; meaning start in small strokes while expanding outwardly until the whole wheel has been addressed. The use of a toothbrush can also help tricky places. Once you are satisfied there is no more built up residue, the ‘finish’ polish should be placed on the rims. Rub them gently until you no longer see ‘cloudiness.’ This means the agent has been absorbed, and if done correctly, should shine a bright reflection telling you that your mission has been accomplished.
Polishing wheel rims can be done by most, but the more you do it yourself the more you will realize there is a learning curve involved to get the most out of your sparkle. Auto detailers apply the perfect polish, products, technique and exhibit uniform craft in how they get rims to stand out and look as good as new.