Guidelines for maintaining the look of your wheels for years to come:
- Never wash wheels when hot!
- Clean frequently to protect your wheels finish.
- Always clean one wheel at a time and rinse thoroughly immediately after washing.
Chrome wheels add a distinct look to your vehicle and it’s important to maintain them so you’ll enjoy a brilliant finish for the life of the product. Clean your wheels regularly with a soft cloth or non-abrasive brush using soap and water or mild degreaser. Dry your wheels with a clean soft, non-abrasive towel. It is important to keep wheels clean, not allowing road grime, contaminants and brake dust (which retain moisture) to accumulate on the surface of the wheels. If you live in harsh winter climates, where chemicals and road salt are used for de-icing, increased regular cleaning becomes imperative to the life of your wheel’s finish. Periodical application of a non-abrasive polish applied with a soft cloth will help to prevent brake dust buildup on your wheels.
PAINTED, MACHINED, AND CLEAR COATED WHEELS
All of our painted and machined wheels are permanently coated with a protective clearcoat, which provides added protection to the finish and surfaces of the wheel. Clearcoated wheels should be cleaned regularly using a soft, non-abrasive towel or brush along with soap and water. Periodic application of a non-abrasive, non-carnauba sealant or high quality wax will help to resist brake dust and buildup of contamination on the wheel.
Polished wheels are uncoated, bare metal wheels with no protective finish, and therefore require more maintenance than chrome, painted or clearcoated wheels. Oxidation is normal over time but a regular routine of cleaning will extend the life and luster of your whees. We recommend an application of a non-abrasive, non-carnauba sealant or high quality wax when the wheels are new to resist brake dust and buildup of contamination on the wheel. Only the sue of a soft cloth is recommended to avoid causing fine scratches in your wheel. Cleaning products, such as a power tool, adaptable balls or pads may be used, but you must be sure they are non-abrasive and approved for use on non-coated polished aluminum wheels. We do not recommend the use of acid based cleaners as they can permanently stain or damage the finish of your wheels.
To help you protect your investment, here are some pro tips from the RNR team on how to best maintain the finish of your custom wheels.
Do not wash your wheels when they are hot. This may cause finish deterioration along with potential damage to brake rotors and drums.
Geographic climates can greatly affect the care needed for your custom wheels, particularly in hard winter environments. We recommend a more frequent cleaning routine to ensure your wheel’s finish.
Always clean one wheel at a time and rinse thoroughly immediately after washing to prevent soap, cleaner or water buildup which will cause spotting on your wheel and could cause dulling of the finish over time.