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How to Care for Your Refurbished Alloy Wheels

At Volksmaster Mobile Smart Repairs, with our 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, we understand the pride you take in your vehicle. Refurbished alloy wheels can truly elevate the look of your car, but keeping them looking their best requires proper care. After all, Volksmaster’s motto is “Confidence In Quality,” and that extends to the aftercare we recommend for our customers.

Our family-run business offers mobile smart repairs on your doorstep, at your work place and across 4 branches, so getting the care your car needs is convenient and hassle-free. Whether you choose to visit us at a branch or have us come to your home or workplace, we’re dedicated to providing exceptional service.

This article will equip you with the knowledge to maintain the pristine condition of your refurbished alloy wheels.

The Enemies of Alloys: Understanding What Can Damage Them

Alloy Wheel Peeling Paint

Before diving into cleaning techniques, let’s identify the culprits that can dull or damage your alloys:

  1. Brake Dust: This gritty build-up is a natural byproduct of your braking system. Left unattended, it can cake onto the wheels, making them appear dirty and potentially causing corrosion.
  2. Road Grime and Dirt: Everyday driving exposes your wheels to a constant barrage of dirt, dust and debris. These elements can dull the finish and scratch the surface if not removed regularly.
  3. Harsh Chemicals: Automatic car washes often use strong detergents that can strip away the protective layer on your refurbished wheels.
  4. Extreme Temperatures: Sudden temperature changes, like driving through hot water puddles after a car wash or using very hot water during cleaning, can stress the wheel’s finish.

The Essential Cleaning Routine: Maintaining That Showroom Shine

Mobile Alloy Wheel Repair

Here’s a step-by-step guide to keep your refurbished alloys sparkling:

  • Wash Regularly: Make a habit of cleaning your wheels every 1-2 weeks, especially after long journeys or exposure to harsh elements. The more frequently you clean them, the easier it will be to remove grime before it becomes stubborn.
  • Cool Down First: Always allow hot wheels to cool completely before cleaning. Sudden temperature changes can damage the finish.
  • Gather Your Tools: You’ll need a bucket of warm water, a mild car shampoo (avoid harsh detergents!), a soft wash mitt or sponge, a dedicated wheel brush with soft bristles (not metallic!) and a clean microfibre drying cloth.
  • Pre-Rinse: First, give the wheels a good rinse with a hose to remove loose dirt and debris. This helps prevent scratching the surface when you move on to the next step.
  • Soap It Up: Fill your bucket with warm water and car shampoo, following the recommended dilution ratio. Using the wash mitt or sponge, gently wash each wheel, making sure to get into the spokes and crevices.
  • Brush Away the Stubborn Stuff: Use your dedicated wheel brush to tackle any stubborn brake dust or grime. Be gentle and avoid applying excessive pressure, which can scratch the finish.
  • Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse each wheel thoroughly with clean water to remove all soap residue.
  • Dry Me Off: Finally, use your microfibre cloth to gently dry each wheel. This will prevent water spots from forming and leaving unsightly marks.

Extra Tips For Long-Lasting Shine

  • Waxing for Added Protection: Consider applying a high-quality car wax or a dedicated wheel wax every few months. This adds a layer of protection that repels dirt and brake dust, making cleaning even easier in the future.
  • Avoid Automatic Car Washes: While convenient, automatic car washes often use harsh chemicals and brushes that can damage your wheels. Stick to hand washing for optimal results.
  • Mind Your Parking: Whenever possible, park in shaded areas to minimise exposure to extreme sun temperatures that can damage the finish.
Alloy Wheel Curb Rash

Volksmaster Mobile Smart Repairs: Your Partner In Car Care

By following these simple steps, you can ensure your refurbished alloy wheels stay looking their best for years to come. However, if you notice any curb rash, scratches or other damage, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Volksmaster Mobile Smart Repairs. Our mobile service allows us to bring our expertise directly to you, saving you valuable time and hassle.

We offer a range of services to keep your car looking its best, including alloy wheel refurbishment. Our “Confidence In Quality” approach ensures a professional and long-lasting finish that will make your car shine. With our extensive experience we’ve established ourselves as a pillar in the community, renowned for our unwavering commitment to excellence and customer service.

We take pride in offering our customers the highest caliber of repairs. Utilising premium materials and techniques, our highly trained technicians ensure impeccable results. Additionally, we provide a warranty on our repairs, offering full peace of mind to our customers.

  • Book online or contact us at 0161 302 0201 for a free quotation.
  • Sit back and relax in the comfort of your home or workplace as our technicians perform their magic.
  • Book yourself a Courtesy Car if necessary, enabling you to remain mobile while your vehicle receives a pampering.
  • Receive your car back in pristine condition, poised to captivate attention and conquer the roads with renewed confidence.

Experience “Confidence in Quality” delivered right to your doorstep. Contact us today and discover the smart way to preserve your vehicle’s pristine condition.

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