6 Tips on Looking After Your Alloys

Alloy wheels are a staple feature on most enthusiast driver’s cars, improving both the aesthetics and performance. They’re often also fairly expensive and do need a degree of maintenance to keep them looking great. We've put together 6 top tips on how to look after them.

Cleaning

Especially as we head into the winter months, we recommend cleaning once per week, but this really depends on conditions and how often you drive. When cleaning alloys, it’s best to choose a cleaner that’s acid-free and pH neutral to protect both the wheel and rim protector, but also to be kinder to the environment. The first step is to remove any loose grit, dirt, road salt and brake dust from the wheel with a hose or jet wash. Next, apply your wheel cleaning product as directed, and work into the wheel using a specialist soft brush or cloth (an old wash mitt also works well, but remember never to use it on paintwork afterwards). At this point, you may want to move your car half a wheel turn so that you can work on any parts you may have missed. Once cleaned thoroughly, the cleaning solution is usually left on for a very short period (see instructions as times do vary) before rinsing with clean water and dried either naturally or using a synthetic chamois.

Waxing and Polishing

Wax or polish can be used on alloys but it depends on the wheel finish. Generally, wax should be used on painted or coated wheels and polish on everything else. Always ensure you choose a good quality product over a cheap alternative. Wax or polish should be applied using a clean cloth or towel. It can then be buffed until the desired shine is achieved.

Sealing

As a periodic alternative to waxing and polishing, you could consider using a wheel sealant after cleaning. Wheel Sealants are designed to seal clean wheels to make future wheel cleaning easier whilst also reducing the build-up of harmful brake dust. Applying a wheel sealant every few months will add a further shine to your alloys and will give a degree of lasting protection against dirt and debris build-up.

Tyre Dressing

A high-quality tyre dressing will really help set your alloys off. Tyre dressings are available in either matte or high shine versions. Just make sure you invest in a good quality brand and allow it to dry thoroughly – that way the product shouldn’t fling all over the vehicle when you’re on the move. A word of caution though.

Refurbishment

Sometimes, even when regularly keeping on top of your alloys, damage can occur. Whilst dust, salt, and dirt can be cleaned off fairly quickly and easily, your wheels can be permanently damaged by flying stones, road debris and verge/kerb impacts. Thankfully (and depending on damage) it is usually possible to get your alloys refurbished. Whilst superficial damage can sometimes be rectified by a mobile repairer, the best refurbishments usually involve booking in with a diamond cut specialist. Diamond cutting is a destructive process which involves removing (cutting) part or all of the wheel surface, before relacquering or repainting.

Protect Them With Rimfinity

Considering the average cost of diamond cut refurbishment for alloy wheels is around £115 per wheel, it makes sense to simply cover the damage – or better still protect against any damage happening in the first place.

Rimfinity offers class-leading protection for drivers running either alloy or steel wheels – in a wide range of rim sizes (with new sizes being developed all the time). Unlike traditional universal ‘tyre-trap’ protectors, Rimfinity instead utilises a rim-specific ‘continuous band’ – with no unsightly join. Thanks to this innovative design, total integrity of the protector is guaranteed. You not only get a perfect fit – critically, there is no chance of joint failure and any safety issues related to sudden tyre deflation or resultant detachment damage to wheels, arches and bodywork.

Rimfinity is also designed with style in mind. Available in a choice of Void Black or Storm Red Edition colourways, Rimfinity will both personalise and visually upgrade any wheel design.

 

If you have any questions, please contact

+44 (0)77598 24055

www.rimfinity.co.uk

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