Wheels play a big role in how a vehicle looks. Most of us car enthusiasts even install some custom wheels to make our cars look cooler and more unique than the rest. These stock and aftermarket wheels aren't cheap and taking good care of them means that they will last the lifetime of the vehicle. In addition, wheels that are filthy and coated with brake dust makes them an eyesore.
I'm going to try and provide a review and how-to article on how to clean and maintain your wheels and tires using some amazing McKee's 37 products!
Before you start cleaning your wheels and tires, you need to prepare all the necessary tools to get the job done. You can use whatever suits you best but I personally use these:
- Car Wash Sponge
- Wheel Detail Brush
- EZ Detail Brush
- Low Profile Tire Brush
Put these brushes and sponges in your wheel bucket and fill it up with your favorite car wash soap and mix it with water:
Before we start, make sure that your wheels and brakes are cool to the touch. Any amount of heat can wreck havor on the wheel finish. Ask me how I know. And it's better to be safe than sorry.
The first step is to spray the wheel face and barrel with McKee's 37 Foaming Wheel Cleaner Gel. Make sure to drench every square inch of the wheel and don't forget to spray the barrel. Let the wheel cleaner dwell on the wheel for a couple of minutes.
You can see up close how well this product foams up using a standard bottle sprayer. I can just imagine how much this will foam up on an iK foamer
Now time to agitate the cleaner using your various brushes to effectively clean your wheels. Use your detail brush to clean the lug nuts and hard to reach areas:
If you have painted brake calipers, don't forget to clean them as well!
Use your EZ detail brush to clean your wheel barrels. Nothing looks worse than a highly visible dirty wheel barrel
Use your car wash sponge to clean the face of the wheel and in between each spoke:
Once you've finished cleaning your wheels, it's now time to move our attention to the tires. Spray a generous amount of McKee's 37 Tire and Rubber Rejuvenator on the tires.
Use your Low Profile Tire Brush (or any tire brush of your choice) to scrub the tire. Don't be surprised if you see lots of brown suds come out.
Once you're finished scrubbing the entire tire, it's now time to rinse your wheel and tire off.
Use a general purpose microfiber towel to dry the wheel.
Once the wheel and tire are both dry, it's now time to dress the tire. You can use the McKee's 37 Gloss Tire Gel (this stuff is amazing BTW!). Apply a little amount to a foam or microfiber applicator pad and spread it across your clean and dry tire.
Here are some after pictures of the wheel and tire detailed with the steps outlined above:
The products worked great!
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