Clean the wheels
We suggest to do the wheels first, as if you do them after washing the rest of the car you take the risk of leaving water sitting on your paint and creating water spots as they dry. Even if you do wash and then chamois your car down, you always seem to get water back on your freshly dried paint, as you rinse the wheels down after washing them. It's a hell of a waste of time going back over it a second time, so do your wheels first.
We have two methods for cleaning wheels, first one is with our Auto Body Gel and the Dirty Deeds cloth, and the second is if you suffer from bad brake dust issues, you will want to be using our epic Wheely Clean cleaner.
Let's start with the wash method first. Unless you are washing a Hummer or a Mack truck, half fill your bucket and add a capful of our Auto Body Gel wash to it. Use the Dirty Deeds cloth to give your wheels a good and thorough scrub. Do them one at a time and rinse off with fresh water afterwards.
Our second method is with our purpose made wheel cleaner; Wheely Clean. It was a 9-year journey to make an effective wheel cleaner that works. It's made for those who suffer from bad brake dust issues, and need a pH balanced, (i.e. non acidic or caustic), biodegradable wheel cleaner, that is safe for ALL wheels, whilst also cutting down the time down in cleaning the round friends on our cars.
It's a revolutionary type of cleaner that utilises a chemical reaction with metal oxide/brake dust that changes its state to a water-soluble complex, for easy removal with a hose. With no scrubbing it will do about 80% of the cleaning job for you on really dusty, grime caked wheels, close to 99% if used weekly on a daily driver. It's pH balanced, no acid or caustic ingredients, so it is safe for all wheels including painted, alloy, anodised, chromed, clear coated, powder coated, aluminium, stainless, billet - the list goes on!!
The simple version on using it is that you spray it on, brush it around, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then hose it off with a pressure washer or a strong jet of water. It's well worth reading the in depth article on using the Wheely Clean to make the most of this great product in the link at the bottom of this article.
As for drying the wheels, it's always nice to have a second, older chamois for this job, but just make sure you only use them on the wheels and maybe the door jams of your car. Make sure you ever don’t soil your good chamois by using it on them. Worst case, use a clean cotton or micofibre rag, or if you don’t live on a dirt road, nothing at all.
Generally, wheels that are easy to clean have a large ‘face’ and water spots are an issue and will benefit from getting dried. Wheels that are hard to clean usually have no large surface areas and therefore don’t benefit greatly from getting dried. Just ask yourself “Will they benefit from drying?” Just be sure you do this job at the end of washing, after you chamois dry your entire car, as doing it before will mean they are just going to get wet again from the next part of our article.