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What is the best way to clean Alloy wheels?

Taking care of Alloy Wheels is important, not just for the appearance of your vehicle, if they corrode it can be impossible to get a secure seal for your tyres.

Blasting your wheels with a pressure washer is good for getting rid of the grime but a specialist alloy cleaner is need to get off the baked on brake dust. But which product to use!?

Research shows that Bilt Hammer have a favoured product - here's the blurb:

auto-wheel is a non-acid, non-alkaline alloy wheel cleaner, and in over 90% of cases no agitation is required.

In most cases steel and alloy wheels are either lacquered or painted. These coatings protect the metallic surface from corrosion and provide attractive finishes to automotive road wheels.

As vehicles brake the dust generated from pads, discs and drums is at elevated temperatures, amongst this hot cloud are thousands of hot metallic particles, these bombard the wheels finish and effectively embed themselves on to the wheel.

Once lodged these particles are extremely difficult to remove. Acid based alloy wheel cleaners attack these metal particles effectively, reducing its size - allowing the particles and dirt clinging to it to escape. Caustic alloy cleaners are less effective than acid ones on brake dust, but can attack organic coatings such as lacquers and paints on short exposure, they attack any organic matter accumulated around the embedded particles and produce a seemingly clean surface, however with continued use they will dull and diminish the coating, leaving a wheel surface that needs refinishing.

The more effective and safe to use auto-wheel works in an entirely different way, and has proved itself by winning yearly independent tests conducted by the UK’s biggest selling automotive magazine!

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