How to Protect Alloy Wheels

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May 3,2024
Mike Abbott

Protecting alloy wheels involves regular cleaning to remove dirt and grime, using the right non-abrasive cleaning products, promptly repairing any damage, applying protective sealants to shield against environmental factors, and avoiding harsh driving conditions. Not only does protecting your alloy wheels maintain your car’s aesthetic appeal, but it’s also important in preserving its resale value. 

Implementing the steps we have mentioned above will protect the aesthetic and structural integrity of your alloy wheels, enhancing your car’s appearance and maintaining its value. Below, we explore these methods in more detail to help you keep your wheels in excellent condition.

Regular Cleaning

Keeping your alloy wheels clean is the first step in protection. Use a mild soap and water solution to remove dirt, grime, and brake dust that can corrode the wheel surface. It’s important to clean your wheels regularly, especially after driving in harsh conditions.

Using the Right Cleaning Products

Not all cleaning products are suitable for alloy wheels. Avoid using harsh chemicals, steel wool, or abrasive brushes, which can scratch and damage the surface. Choose non-acidic wheel cleaners specifically designed for alloy wheels to ensure gentle yet effective cleaning.

Timely Repair of Minor Damages

Small scratches and chips can lead to bigger problems if they are left unaddressed. It is important to regularly inspect your wheels for any signs of damage. Early detection and repair of these minor issues can prevent corrosion and pitting. If you come across any minor issues, diamond cut alloy wheel refurbishment is a great option if you want to restore your wheel back to its original appearance.

Applying Wheel Sealants

Wheel sealants provide a protective layer over your alloy wheels, protecting them from moisture, dirt, and brake dust. You should apply a high-quality sealant after cleaning to enhance the durability and shine of your wheels. Make sure that you reapply the sealant every few months for continuous protection.

Avoiding Harsh Conditions

Whenever possible, avoid driving in environments that can harm your wheels, such as salty roads during winter or muddy terrains. We know that this is likely unavoidable, so just make sure that you clean your wheels as soon as possible after exposure to these conditions.

Parking Considerations

Be mindful of where and how you park! No one purposely catches the curb, but if you have alloy wheels, it’s even more important to try and avoid it. Curbing your wheels can cause scrapes and other damage. When parking near a curb, try to make sure there’s ample space between the curb and your wheels.

Diamond Cut Alloy Wheel Refurbishment

What is Diamond Cut Alloy Wheel Refurbishment?

Diamond cut alloy wheel refurbishment is a precision process that involves removing a thin layer of the alloy from the surface of the wheel. This technique creates a shiny, smooth finish with the appearance of fresh metal, which is then sealed with a clear coat to protect against environmental elements. It can also help to remove superficial damage such as light scratches and scuffs, extending the life of the wheels while maintaining their value.

Diamond cut alloy wheel refurbishment not only restores the wheel to a like-new appearance but also complements regular alloy wheel protection strategies, enhancing both the durability and aesthetic of the wheels. 

Longbridge Tyres – Diamond Cut Alloy Wheel Refurbishment

At Longbridge Tyres, we specialise in diamond cut alloy wheel refurbishment, using state-of-the-art equipment to ensure high-quality finishes. Our experienced technicians can restore your wheels to their original glory, improving the overall look of your vehicle and ensuring long-term protection. For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Call us on 0121 457 7582 or fill out our online contact form and we will get back to you. 

FAQs on Protecting Alloy Wheels

What is the best way to clean alloy wheels?

The best way to clean alloy wheels is by using a soft brush and a pH-balanced, non-acidic alloy wheel cleaner. Rinse the wheels with clean water first to remove larger debris and then gently scrub with the cleaner. Rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving residues.

How often should I clean my alloy wheels?

It’s recommended to clean your alloy wheels at least every two weeks or more frequently if you drive in harsh conditions. Regular cleaning prevents the buildup of materials that can corrode or damage the wheel surface.

What are the benefits of diamond cut alloy wheel refurbishment?

Diamond cut alloy wheel refurbishment can restore the wheel to its original lustre and precision appearance. It involves removing a thin layer of the wheel surface, making it look brand new. This process not only enhances the aesthetic of the wheel but also can remove light damage such as scratches.

Can wheel sealants prevent brake dust buildup?

Yes, applying a high-quality wheel sealant can prevent excessive brake dust buildup by creating a barrier that repels dirt and debris. This makes cleaning your wheels easier and helps maintain their appearance for longer.

What should I avoid when cleaning alloy wheels?

Avoid using abrasive materials such as steel wool or harsh chemical cleaners, as these can scratch the wheel surface. Also, avoid washing your wheels when they are hot, as rapid temperature changes can cause damage.

Longbridge Tyres – Tyre Dealer in Birmingham

At Longbridge Tyres, we are your trusted specialists in alloy wheel and diamond cut refurbishment. With over 20 years of experience serving the Birmingham and Solihull areas, we offer high-quality, cost-effective services that guarantee a high-quality diamond cut finish. 

Our services also include offering a range of tyres, including new, replacement and performance tyres. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent service and expert knowledge throughout all of our services. Our extensive range of quality tyre brands caters to all budgets and vehicle types, and our professional team is well-versed in handling both cars and commercial vehicles.

For more information or to book a service, contact us at 0121 457 7582 or fill out our online contact form

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