I've just bought a set of good condition 17" multispoke rims (thanks Gary in Glasgow!). However, they were filthy and have spent the last 3 nights cleaning them. They now look good as new after the following treatment:
Soapy wash with wheel brush to remove large deposits.
Soak between spokes and other bad stains with Gunk and work in with toothbrush. This stage took about 3 hours for 4 wheels until I was happy with the results, you will see why it took so long when you see the design of the wheels! I also tried WD40 which worked well to remove the stains but was a bit worried about the film of oil it would leave... Opinions?
Wash with Carplan Shampoo to remove any Gunk.
Took them inside and painstakingly applied Autoglym Super Resin Polish and buffed - Again, this took about 3 hours for 4 wheels.
Dressed the tyres with Autoglym Instant Tyre Dressing.
I now have a choice with regard to sealing the wheels, or rather which product to use. I have Autoglym Alloy Wheel Seal and Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection. What should I use? I was thinking about conducting an experiment and using each product on opposite sides, I would then judge which lasted longer and was easier to clean!
All my previous cars I have just washed with a bucket of soapy water and sometimes a bit of turtlewax, the Alfa is the first to get a decent amount of time and effort spent. I have been very impressed with the Autoglym products and I still cant believe the deep shine, water beading and ease of future cleaning that a proper wash, polish and wax gives! The only thing left is the get a car with no bloomin' scratches!
As I mentioned I am pretty new to this so would appreciate any advice.
Here is some pics of the wheels, they are 17x8 with 225/45/17 rubber. Pics were taken before I dressed the tyres, sorry!
They all seem to have a fairly good layer of polish on them but I would still like to add some kind of sealant, any recommendations are much appreciated.