How to Care for Your Wheels
You or your customer have invested in a product of the highest quality and workmanship, and would most likely enjoy keeping them that way. Custom wheels do require care to maintain their factory appearance. We strongly suggest that you take a few reasonable steps to protect your investment.
- Regular Cleaning. Typical road soils trap moisture which can cause corrosion over a period of time. Brake dust, caused by friction of your cars braking system, is itself corrosive, and can cause pitting of the wheels finish. These soils must be removed regularly – preferably weekly – depending on your driving habits.
- Use of Proper Cleaning Agents. We recommend a mild dishwashing soap and water to clean your wheels. Your wheels finish should be treated as you would treat the finish of your car. Most household cleaning agents are too harsh for the finish of your wheels, and must be avoided. There are a vast number of commercially available wheel cleaners on the market today, but we urge extreme caution regarding their use, since they tend to be acid or lye based.
- Whenever possible, it is a much better idea to clean your wheels after they have cooled. Normal driving will heat wheels, sometimes into excessive ranges. While this is normal, its best to take precuations as cold water introduced onto a superheated wheel, will ultimately cause scarring and-or pitting of the finish.
- Additional Tips. To prevent scratching of the wheels finish, never clean your wheels with scouring pads or dense metal polishes. If you use automatic car washes, tell them not to use steam cleaners or strong chemicals to clean your wheels. They can cause permanent staining or corrosion. Use caution when cleaning tires with steel wool or a bristle brush. These types of abrasive materials must not come in contact with the wheels as they will damage the appearance of the wheel permanently. Never spray cold water on extremely hot wheels. Always allow time to cool before cleaning with soap and water.