Neglected alloy wheels with thick, caked on brake dust is one of those situations when car shampoo just isn’t enough, and it’s the reason Auto Finesse imperial acid free wheel cleaner was created. A powerful blend of cleaning agents and degreasers, Imperial non-acidic wheel cleaner will start to separate the brake dust and road dirt from the wheels on contact. The high-foaming formula makes easy work of a heavy task, and will take your rims from shameful to sparkling in a matter of minutes.
Like all Auto Finesse car care products, Imperial is formulated to suit the needs of professional detailers, but can be used with great success by detailing enthusiasts and first time detailers alike. Its highly-concentrated alkaline surfactants work by attacking the road grime and binding agents that adhere the brake dust to the wheel, allowing it to be easily washed away.
To start with you will need two types of brushes, a dedicated wheel brush for the barrels of the wheels, a smaller ‘detailing brush’ for the faces and wheel nuts, also a bucket that is clearly labeled, this will be dedicated for rinsing out your brushes preventing the possibility of washing your car with brake dust contaminated water. Lastly, you will need one of our Wildworx Microfiber Drying Towel to dry off the wheels.
Begin by using a hosepipe or pressure washer to remove any loose contamination, spray Imperial wheel cleaner directly onto the wheels and tyres, thoroughly soaking all surfaces. Allow the product to sit while it begins to soften the brake dust and road film. Using a wheel brush clean in between the spokes, and reaching into the barrel of the wheel to break loose as much of the brake dust as possible. Finish by using the detail brush to agitate the face and lips of the wheels, as well as around the wheel nuts. You can also take this opportunity to scrub the tyres, removing the old dressing in preparation for a new coat. Afterwards you can rinse or pressure wash off the remaining brake dust and cleaner residue, revealing spotlessly clean wheels.
During the wheel cleaning process, make sure to regularly rinse out your brushes in the bucket you labelled, this will minimize the chance of scratching the wheels. Once you are finished cleaning the rest of the car, you can thoroughly dry your wheels, preventing the chance of unsightly water spotting.
Auto Finesse Imperial wheel cleaner concentrate can be mixed at a dilution ratio as strong as 2:1. It can also be mixed at up to a 20:1 dilution for light wheel cleaning on well maintained cars, making it even more economical to use.
Imperial is safe to use on all painted, clearcoated, and powdercoated alloy wheel finishes. Chrome, bare polished aluminium, or anodized finishes should be treated with extreme caution. These types of wheel finishes are most common on aftermarket wheels, and should be cleaned with a mild exterior all-purpose-cleaner like Auto-Finesse Citrus Power. Do not apply Auto Finesse Imperial wheel cleaner if the wheels are warm, in direct sunlight, or the ambient temperature is below 32-degrees Fahrenheit/0-degrees Celsius.