Black wheels may have a more delicate finish than others. You can use a cleaning solution that does not require water. You can also use one that requires water. It depends on your preference. The waterless method is faster, but cleaning with water can be more effective if the tires are too dirty. Once the tires are clean, carefully dry them and apply wax.
Method 1 of 3: Clean them without water
Step 1. Find a waterless cleaner
You can find several waterless cleaners on the market. These cleaners are relatively effective on tires and make detailing black wheels easier and faster. You will also need several microfiber cloths during the process.
- Look for one that says "no water" on the bottle, from your favorite brand.
- Consider buying black, borderless microfiber cloths. Since they are rimless, your wheels are less likely to scratch.
- Waterless cleaners can be used on any type of wheel. However, make sure it is safe for the type of finish you have, which is probably aluminum alloy. Don't use anything stronger than what you would use on your car's finish.
Step 2. Carefully spray the rim
You should cover it with the cleaner when you start cleaning it. Spray it well. It shouldn't drip, but it should cover the entire surface of the wheel so it begins to break down the dirt.
Step 3. Fry them
With the microfiber cloth, scrub the rim. Make sure you hit all the nooks and crannies. Scrub the spokes and the inside of the tire rims as they can get dirty from road debris and brake dust.
Method 2 of 3: Clean Black Wheels With Water
Step 1. Choose a cleaner specifically for wheels
The cleaner you use should be designed to clean wheels. Also, be sure to pick one that says it can be used on your specific wheel finish. For example, you may have painted the aluminum alloy, so make sure it is safe for that material. This type of cleaner will specify whether you should spray it with water or clean it with water afterward. It should not say "no water."
Step 2. Get it wet
It is important to follow the instructions for whatever cleaner you choose to use. However, with most wheel cleaners, you should spray the tire before applying the cleaner. However, if the instructions say not to, skip this step.
Step 3. Apply the solution
With many cleaning solutions, all you need is a spray of the cleaner. With others, you must add water and apply it with a sponge or brush. Follow the instructions on the bottle.
Step 4. Brush the tire
Use a brush to wash off the cleaning solution. Make sure to use a brush that is appropriate for the type of finish. For example, aluminum alloy is quite delicate, so don't use anything too abrasive. As you go through the entire rim, make sure you reach all the grooves.
Step 5. Rinse the wheel
Once you've cleaned it carefully, rinse off the solution. A hose serves this purpose well. Make sure to remove all the soap because if you don't it could be difficult to apply the wax. You can also use a sponge to remove dirt instead of using a hose. The sponge can help clean inside the grooves.
Method 3 of 3: Finish the tires
Step 1. Dry the tires carefully
Once you've washed and rinsed your tires, be sure to dry them thoroughly with a towel or rag. This will remove any grease left on the rim so that it does not stick to the microfiber cloth in the next step.
Step 2. Choose a finish
You can usually spray wax spray from your favorite brand. This product, in addition to wax, contains other additives. Additives are important because they help maintain a tire finish longer than just wax. You can also use spreadable wax. Either way, consider using a black wax to avoid leaving white spots on black tires.
In fact, if the tires have a shiny surface, you can use black wax as you would on the car. However, it is best to only use a black wax if the wheels are shiny and not matte
Step 3. Apply the wax
If you are using a spray wax, be sure to use a piece of cardboard or paper to protect the brake shoes, and then spray the wax. With the spreadable wax, use a microfiber cloth to scrub it.
- For both types of wax, smear it first and be sure to spread it all over the tire and in the grooves. Then, with the microfiber cloth, wipe the stains to make it shine.
- However, if you use black wax to spread on glossy tires, avoid getting into the grooves. Just use a sponge applicator to gently scrub it over the tire's surface, and make sure to apply a unanimous coat.