Your shiny silver wheels add a dash of glamour to the exterior of your vehicle, yet can quickly become one of its dirtiest components. That’s why finding an appropriate alloy cleaner is crucial if you want them to look bright again. Chemical-based cleaners contain harsh acids which may damage wheels or leave visible scratches in paintwork – however there are other safer and equally powerful alloy cleaners on the market which offer fantastic results; we will discuss some of them and share helpful tips about their use here.
What Is the Best Alloy Cleaner? There is an array of alloy cleaner options on the market that may prove helpful when searching for the right alloy cleaner, some being harsh corrosives that remove hardened contaminants quickly yet may also harm wheels and their finishes, while others being gentler are ideal as they won’t damage either the finish or wheels – yet still others work on certain surfaces but won’t benefit others – such as acid-based cleaners not working effectively on aluminium for example.
The best alloy cleaners are neutral, safe for all surfaces and effective at breaking down iron particles into manageable sizes that can be rinsed away easily. They’re suitable for uncoated metals like aluminium and do not require any scrubbing or scratching – the only downside being more time may be spent applying a gentle solution than something stronger.
Bilt Hamber Auto Wheel was our winner in this category after an intense contest. Its foaming action quickly removed even some of the toughest stains in our test without damaging either wheel or tire finishes, while quickly making short work of hardened brake dust contamination.
AlloyKlenz is one of the top products in this category and utilizes a safe yet highly effective combination of acids to provide a quick and easy method of eliminating brake dust, surface corrosion and tarnishing from alloys of all types. Simply apply directly onto an alloy and allow to sit for 10 minutes before using a soft brush to scrub away. Please be aware that it must not dry on your wheel but rinsed off immediately to avoid permanent staining.
For less stubborn contaminants such as dirt and loose grime, water jet washing will do the trick. To maximize success with this method, do not let your wheels dry before rinsing off any residual cleaner; any residue left behind can leave visible marks on paintwork and tyres.
For deeper stains, a milder product such as CLR or CLR Plus may be necessary; just ensure the surface is cool before beginning with any chemical application. Baking soda, safe for aluminium alloys as well as other nonmetals like plastic, or lemon juice containing sodium tetraborate decahydrate (or Borax) are alternative household items suitable for cleaning aluminium alloy surfaces.