Like chrome wheels, Powder Coat wheels don't require expensive commercial cleaners or compounds to stay in great condition. As long as they are cleaned regularly -- see our related article for general wheel care tips -- you can pretty much just use some mild soap and water and call it a day.
Here's how it works:
What you need:
- Microfiber towel.
- A soft sponge.
- Dawn dish detergent liquid.
- Hot water, preferably in a bucket, because holding it in your hands won't help.
- Water hose (preferably one that doesn't shoot at 1200 PSI).
At least once every two weeks. The longer you wait, the harder it is, and the more likely brake dust or road salts can wreak havoc on your wheels. Consider doing it once a week just to make sure you're spending some quality time with your new wheels...they'll love you for it!
- Use the water hose to spray off the loose dirt and debris from the wheel. Don't go full blast or use a firehose if you truly value the powder coat finish!
- Take your hot water and put in the bucket. Add 1/2 a cup of the Dawn dish detergent liquid to it for some bubbly cleaning power!
- Dip your sponge into the water/Dawn mix, and gently clean your wheels. If the brake dust proves to be stubborn like my Mom, just let the cleaning solution sit on it for a few minutes and sponge it off again.
- Rinse the wheels with the water hose. Remember: don't use a firehose. You'll blow your car away. Seriously, though, make sure you rinse from the top down, so dirt and suds wash off of the wheel rather than getting sprayed all up inside and around it.
- Dry the wheels with a microfiber towel.
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