Archive for the ‘Wheel cleaners’ Category

Cars may require winter maintenance

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Motorists making use of wheel cleaners and car wax applicator pads might be wise to take a closer look at their vehicle as winter approaches.

In the last couple of years large parts of the UK have been hit with snowy weather conditions, which for some – particularly those located in more rural areas – may have caused problems getting from A to B.

According to research conducted by, many drivers in Britain are largely unaware of ways in which they might be able to make taking to the roads a little easier in difficult conditions.

The survey found that 37 per cent of people do not know that winter tyres exist, while 31 per cent were uncertain about whether it is possible to buy them in the UK.

This lack of awareness may be largely behind its discovery that at present just six per cent of those getting behind the wheel would consider purchasing winter tyres.

Despite this, being able to get out and about even in poor weather is something that 75 per cent of respondents believe is important.

In some European countries – including Italy, Germany and those in Scandinavia – laws are in place in relation to such tyres.

Although no legislation is in place on these shores, drivers may wish to consider the potential advantages they offer in ice and snow, such as shorter stopping times and better grip.

This could be one way – other than using cleaning materials – that individuals can try and keep their vehicle in its best possible condition.

Car-proud people may also wish to follows the advice of Ray Cox, who writing for the Christian Science Monitor recently suggested that chipping, scratches and oxidation are likely to be issues that affect paintwork as a car ages.

He recommended regularly waxing and washing to minimise the damage caused by the elements.

Posted by Anne Simpson 

Drivers offered tips to stay safe in rain

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Motorists could find it is beneficial to give their vehicle a closer inspection next time they make use of alloy wheel cleaners and car polishes.

According to Simon Elstow, head of training at driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive, people should take extra care when behind the wheel in heavy rain.

With the weather gradually becoming more wintry, the coming days might be the ideal time to make sure a vehicle is in good condition for the colder months ahead.

Mr Elstow said: "There's nothing quite like getting to your car in the rain. It's a haven from the elements. But be cautious, especially after prolonged dry spells – rain on a dry road is dangerously slippery.

"And think about the people on the pavements – remember it is illegal to splash pedestrians."

IAM Drive & Survive offered a number of tips that it might be worth drivers keeping in mind when it rains, including making sure that their motor is in good working order.

It suggested that windows need to be kept clean, something windscreen cleaner may help with, while lights should also be kept clear.

The organisation advised people to make sure tyres have enough tread and are properly inflated and to check their wipers are working as they should be.

Tying in such checks with a little car cleaning could prove ideal and make it far easier to remember to carry them out on a regular basis.

Gary Palanjian, vice-president of service at Subaru of America, recently encouraged people to start thinking about the changing weather conditions.

He stated that this month "is always a good time" to make sure cars are in the right shape for taking to the road in winter.

His comments came during the Car Care Council's Fall Car Care Month, which Subaru of America is supporting.

Posted by James Robson 

Get your vehicle ready for winter, motorists told

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Motoring fanatics might find it is worth conducting a few checks next time they make use of wheel cleaners and car brushes, if suggestions are anything to go by.

Subaru of America has lent its backing to the Car Care Council's Fall Car Care Month, which runs throughout October and aims to highlight the importance of keeping vehicles in good working condition.

With weather conditions likely to take a turn for the worse in the coming weeks, now might be the perfect time to make sure a car is ready for the months ahead.

Vice-president of service at Subaru of America Gary Palanjian said: "October is always a good time to prepare your vehicle for the demands of winter driving."

Windscreen cleaners may be one product that people find useful.

Mike Reitan, writing for the West Fargo Pioneer, recently urged drivers to make sure they keep their windows clear in the winter months.

Posted by Anne Simpson

Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner tested

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Drivers who have invested in alloy wheels for their motor will want to do all they can to protect them and that means regular washing and maintenance.

However, to get the best results, owners need to use the right products, otherwise they could do more harm than good and end up forking out for a new set completely.

One of the options is Autoglym's Custom Wheel Cleaner, which is an alloy wheel cleaner that can also work on other metals.

CJ Hubbard, writing on the MSN Cars Inside Track blog, was recently sent the product and used it on the rims of his Mazda MX-5.

He began with some trepidation as he had previously used the company's Alloy Wheel Cleaner and was not thrilled with the results.

However, he pointed out that the Custom Wheel Cleaner can be applied to chrome, polished and anodised aluminium, making it a more ubiquitous solution than its predecessor.

In terms of results, the writer stated that it took a few applications and that while the rims were not perfect by the end of the day, with some more time the metals could have been spruced up even more.

"The CWC [Custom Wheel Cleaner] certainly does a decent job and on less neglected or smoother surfaces I'm sure you'd have an easier time," CJ Hubbard said.

He went on to add that drivers must follow the instructions carefully and pay attention to the fact that the cleaner should not be left on longer than the time stated on the bottle.

"Any longer and it will start taking paint off," he concluded.

According to, using the right tools and techniques is crucial to making a car look as good as it possibly can.

The source noted that wash mitts and car shampoo are two of the most important products.

Posted by Anne Simpson

Prepare for winter with wheel cleaners and car shampoo

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

With summer drawing to a close now could be the right time to invest in car shampoo and wheel cleaners in order to ensure that a vehicle is in its best possible shape heading into the colder months.

Having the right kind of equipment to clean a car might prove to be the all important factor as without it unnecessary harm may be caused.

For those who pride themselves on their motor appearing at its best and want to ensure it stays that way finding the right tools might prove essential.

This is something that Deana Lancaster, writing for North Shore News, commented on, stating: "You can't just grab your bucket and dish soap either. Washing incorrectly or with the wrong tools is a surefire way to damage paint."

"Even more important are the tools you use to do the job. If you've ever seen a car with swirl marks, then you've seen a side effect of improper washing."

She added that the wheels and awkward to reach areas also require the proper tools as opting to make use of a old toothbrush to complete some cleaning tasks is "asking for trouble".

Wheel cleaners could make this task easier and ensure that the results are far more effective and – according to Ms Lancaster – it could be best to make use of these first before going on to tackle the bodywork.

She suggested that if people choose to wash the rest of the car before then they will need to allow time for the wheels to dry, adding that another advantage is that if wheel cleaner gets on to the paintwork it can then be washed off easily.

Windscreen cleaner could also prove a useful purchase for drivers as Andy Eaton, from AE Auto Plus, recently stated that it is "critical" the windshield is clear and clean.  

Posted by James Robson

Wheels ‘should be washed on a weekly basis’

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

When it comes to maintaining a car's looks, it is vital to wash it once a week, with the wheels an especially important area to concentrate on.

Waynne Smith, senior partner at, said drivers should focus on the rims as these can become damaged if left untreated.

Motorists may want to use car wheel cleaners every seven days to remove contaminants that can ruin the look of the alloys.

"A car should be washed weekly, especially the wheels. Brake dust gets baked on and becomes very hard to remove if left [for] a long time," Mr Smith said.

The expert added that clay bars should be used on the body to get rid of any surface contaminants on the bodywork before car waxes and car sealants are applied.

Jaime Montoya, owner of JAMS Automotive, told KFOX14 recently that prevention is better than cure when it comes to car maintenance.

Posted by Anne Simpson

Highly-polished aluminium wheels ‘are the hardest to care for’

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Highly-polished aluminium wheels may look the business as the car goes down the road, but keeping them in tip-top condition is far from easy, one expert has claimed.

Michael Stoops, from Meguiar's, told AOL Autos that when it comes to washing a motor, it is best to start with the rims and tyres, as this is one way to avoid splashing more grit and dirt onto the bodywork after it has already been cleaned.

The expert said that the key to getting this right is knowing what sort of rims are on the car and choosing wheel cleaners designed to protect them.

"Wheel cleaning products vary in the level of how delicate they are on a finish. Chrome is hardy, but bare, aftermarket, highly-polished aluminium isn't – in fact, it's the most difficult to care for. Factory wheels, those your car was born with, are always clear coated in some way, but once you go aftermarket you need to watch out," Mr Stoops noted.

Other tools the detailer recommends include car wash mitts and car cleaning brushes, with the latter useful for reaching awkward places such as the brake callipers.

Another tip offered by the expert is to clean the rims while they are relatively shiny anyway rather than waiting for dirt to build up on them.

The guys at Victory Detailing recently had to deal with a set of chrome wheels that had seen better days and needed some new life breathing into them.

They stated that in order to get rid of brake dust and other contaminants that had baked on to the metal, they employed chrome wheel cleaner which gently removed the dirt and grit and restored the rims to their original glory.

According to the team, they had to spend extra time taking care of the wheels, such was the poor condition they were in.

Posted by Anne Simpson

Could wheel cleaners help sellers get more?

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The rims and tyres are to a car what a nice pair of shoes are to a person's outfit – crucial to the overall look.

Alloys are usually optional extras except on the most expensive of vehicles, so if drivers have shelled out for them it makes sense to invest time in maintaining them.

This will pay dividends when the time comes to sell the vehicle, as shiny rims that look like new will appeal to those in the market for a new motor.

According to, investing in wheel cleaners and tyre cleaner can deliver significant returns.

"Take the time to get in there and clean out dirt, dust and grime from the wheels. Also, swab a tyre shine product on the tyre sidewalls to make them look new," the source added.

The guys at Victory Detailing recently used chrome wheel cleaner on a customer's rims, stating that they took extra time to remove stubborn contaminants that had baked onto them.

Posted by Matt Casson

Experts use chrome wheel cleaners to shake off brake dust

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Alloy wheels can transform how a car looks which is why they are often an optional extra.

If drivers have shelled out on them then they must take steps to look after them and protect their investment.

As they are so close to the road surface, they are susceptible to scratches and gouges from stones and other road debris, while another bug threat is brake dust.

The latter comes off hot and cools on the surface of the metal, meaning it can be difficult to remove.

Alloy wheel cleaners are the best solution for the job, but those with chrome wheels will need to use a specific product for top results.

The guys at Victory Detailing recently used chrome wheel cleaner on a client's rims and said they came up great.

"While washing the car we spent extra time on the chrome rims, as brake dust had covered them completely," the experts noted.

Jim Dvorak, from Mothers Polish, told the Hartford Courant recently that drivers should use car plastic polish on their headlights every eight weeks or so.

Posted by James Robson

Drivers ‘need to tackle highly corrosive brake dust’

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

There are many contaminants which pose a threat to the look of a car and one of the trickiest to deal with is brake dust.

Brake dust is inevitable since cars need to stop, but the damage caused by the flecks of metal is something that motorists do not have to put up with.

It is difficult to get off because it is corrosive and extremely sticky, meaning drivers must invest in effective car wheel cleaners, car cleaning brushes and microfibre cloths to fully treat it.

According to Ricochet's Rapid Detail, the only way to keep on top of the problem is to break out the exterior care products and look after the vehicle on a regular basis.

"Washing your vehicle weekly will remove these contaminants before they have opportunity to do unsightly damage," the company said.

Drivers can also invest in tyre cleaners and give their rubber the once over, with the Calgary Herald's Todd Green stating recently that he had some success using Autoglym Instant Tyre Dressing.

Posted by Simone Williams