When you buy your dream car, every detail of it you want to keep immaculate especially, its alloys! The majority of cars will have alloys, and they do have certain benefits – they are lighter, they help your car’s performance, and they improve how they drive. However, improper upkeep, including poor driving (especially when parallel parking) can leave them damaged beyond repair, which leads to unnecessary costs replacing them.
Cleaning and maintenance
Dirt build-up can affect the long and short-term appearance of your wheels – dust and grit look unsightly but they can also scratch your alloys, and road salt can corrode the wheels over time. You should jet wash your wheels around once a week by cleaning off any dirt and grit, then rinsing with soapy water to keep clean.
There are a lot of alloy wheel cleaners and products available, and most top alloy wheel manufacturers recommend regular simple care and attention. At CarwiseUK we recommend applying a good quality car wax or specialist wheel wax to keep the shine and help grime and dust slide off without an issue.
Changing your brake pads regularly is a simple process and it can keep the wheels in good condition by reducing brake dust. Brake dust shields can help to deflect dust from the alloys to keep them looking shinier longer. We see at CarwiseUK an orange rust at times on alloys from this.
Fixing Damaged Alloys
Whilst driving carefully can reduce the damage done to alloy wheels, sometimes wear and tear is unavoidable. You can fix cosmetic faults by sanding down the damaged area and repainting – done properly, this will leave your wheel as good as new.
Most alloy wheel kerb scuffs and scratches can also be removed by an alloy wheel refurbishment specialist, and returned to original condition in less than 2 hours. In many cases the work is carried out where your car is kept for your convenience.
Keep Them Roadworthy
Alloy wheels can definitely add a level of glamour and style to your vehicle when they are in top condition, but a set of poorly maintained wheels can end up not only reducing the value of your car but also the overall cost. To keep your car in top shape, wheel maintenance is one of the many things you can do.
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