Cleaning Dirty Wheels

Dirty tires and wheels drive me nuts! Our 2013 Honda CrossTour EX-L gets some of the dirtiest wheels I have encountered. I recently stopped driving this car and my teenage son has been driving it 100% of the time. I have not washed it for over a month and I knew it was time.

I attacked the wheels with a number of products. All of the chemicals are from the Professional Line of Meguiar’s and the brushes and other items were from a variety of sources.

Here is my process and photos

  1. I began with spraying Meguiar’s D180 Wheel & Paint Iron DECON on the rim and allowed it to dwell. This is a gel and clings to wheel. It will turn purple as it does it work. It is lifting the iron particles so that you can rinse them off.
  2. While the D180 was working I sprayed the tire with Meguiar’s Super Degreaser, D108. And then I agitated with a stiff tire brush. This removes the grime from the tire.
  3. Then I took a wheel brush that I had sitting a bucket of soapy water and cleaned the barrel and the face of the wheel and rinsed off the tire and wheel with a strong stream of water.
  4. To make sure I removed all of the dirt and grime I sprayed on Meguiar’s Wheel Brightener, D140 and cleaned the barrel and the face of the wheel and rinsed off the tire and wheel with a strong stream of water.

Do you follow a similar process or do you do it differently? I would love to hear about it as I am always looking for new and more efficient ways of cleaning the vehicles.

Take a look at the photos below to see the steps int he process. As you can see it was a very dirty wheel!

Front view of the drivers side front tire and wheel, boy is it dirty!
Closeup view of the rim!
I sprayed the Meguiar’s D1801 Wheel & Paint Iron DECON on the rim and let it it for a few minutes. You can tell it is working when it changes to purple.
Another view of the Meguiar’s D1801 Wheel & Paint Iron DECON in action.
Clean wheel!
Closeup view the Clean wheel!

Enjoy!

2 comments

  1. Tom – Happy Holidays! I love the result, but this is hard to do in the winter! Do you think any of the locally available car washes do a better job on tires than the others? Let me know – Steve Koch

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    • I never take my vehicles through a car wash. So I can’t answer the question on which are good ones. I was my cars in the garage during the cold winter months. Thanks for visiting my website.

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