Tyres and Wheels

Tyres and Wheels…

Probably the worst job on a modern car with spoked alloys or on a motorbike is cleaning the wheels. Really filthy, neglected wheels used to call for serious stiff-bristle brushes and a hands-and-knees approach, which could take longer than the rest of the car to clean. Outside of corrosion, which needs special attention with dissolving chemicals (often acid for quick effect), and power buffing, you will find AutoChem “BLAST OFF” removes all disc-brake dust, grease, mud and general filth with no extra work than the rest of the paintwork requires.If alloy wheels are kept clean like this, the coating AutoChem “BLAST OFF” leaves behind ensures they will clean up just as easily each time you power wash them. Applying AutoChem QUICK-SHINE and leaving it to dry puts on a release coating which actually sheds dirt (which is washed off each time the wheels get wet) until the next AutoChem”BLAST OFF” wash.

For wheels and tyres with long-term dirt or sticky yellow clay, spray 50/50 AutoChem “BLAST OFF” and water onto alloy wheels and tyres, if they are really dirty. Leave it on only 5 or 10 minutes, and do not let it dry before rinsing or blasting off. Maybe even a bit of brushing may be needed to get them in the condition to shed dirt and stay clean. If you spill any of this concentrate onto the tar-seal, you will see that it readily dissolves bitumen and, of course, other grease and tar-based grime. However it will not damage your driveway, but will leave it a lot cleaner!

Painted wheels and chrome spokes etc are much easier to keep clean, and one of the joys of cleaning ‘bike wheels is to foam them with AutoChem “BLAST OFF” and then just power wash the dirt away. A run around the rims with the AutoChem Ultra Microfibre Towel will then remove any water spots, should the water in your neighbourhood contain a lot of dissolved minerals (mainly dissolved limestone in “hard” water areas), evaporation then leaves white deposits.

Blasting Off Dirt

You may see brown liquid running off the tyres after you apply AutoChem “BLAST OFF”, particularly if you are using a more concentrated solution than the 3 to 5% recommended for the paintwork. This is dissolved road tar (”bitumen”, to give it its proper name), which is emulsified by the AutoChem “BLAST OFF”, showing how powerful the cleaning action can be. But, be assured that it is quite harmless to tyre rubber and has no effect except to clean it.
Lastly, you can use a small piece of erazer CLAY-BAR, with AutoChem QUICK-SHINE to fine-clean show-car wheels (or any wheels for that matter if you are really keen!), and then spray the washed tyres with KEM-O-PRO Tire Cleaner and Protectant for a new-tyre shine which will help to shed dirt.