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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
2 thoughts on “Cleaning Dirty Wheels”
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
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.