6 cylinders. Big
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Midlands
Alloy wheel clean up, using tar remover
I've got the 18" Horseshoe alloys on my 159. They need a bit of a refurb at the moment, some of the laqueur is peeling, and there is a slight scuff on one.
I have used the shampoo I use and even wonder wheels, but they have never come out as perfectly clean. There was always a browny hue on the wheels, even after the most fastidious clean!
On Saturday I was removing the tar spots with AG Intensive Tar remover on the flanks of the car. Using the cloth I was using for the doors/sills I rubbed at the brown hue area on one of the wheels. As if by magic the stuff just wiped off. So I followed around and did all the wheels. I can't believe the difference in the wheels. Apart from the flaky laquer in places they look new.
After this I sprayed the NS wheels with Rainex, as I thought this might keep some of the grot off the wheels during normal use. I left the OS wheels as a comparison.
Sunday the heavens opened and the car was drenched. I did a short journey and have driven 11 miles across the city to work this morning, again on wet roads. Amazingly there is no deposit of brake dust or road grime on the NS wheels. It seems to just bounce off.
So I will be trying this on all the wheels on the next clean.
Am I mad or is this a valid and tested method of cleaning and keeping them clean?
After using the tar remover, I did wipe the wheels over with a soft cloth to remove any remaining liquid, I know it is a bit harsh on paintwork, so assumed it would be so with alloys wheels.
Moved over to the dark side
And loving it