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Wheel Care Tips

Wheel Care Tips in Riverside, CA

It takes work to keep your wheels in top condition. Everyday you drive, your rims have to contend with weather conditions, road problems, and contaminants like brake dust. Regular maintenance is necessary if you want your wheels to look great and last long.

At Cali Streets Tires, our goal is to help you get the absolute best value out of your rims. You can start by following the important wheel care tips on this page.

If you need new wheels or would like additional information on proper wheel care, make sure to contact our team. We proudly serve Riverside, CA, Corona, CA, Norco, CA and surrounding areas.

Tip #1: Know Your Finish

Not all wheel finishes are equal. What works for one can ruin another. Before you buy any cleaning products, make sure they're compatible with the type of wheel you have. If you're not certain of the finish, check online or contact our team for assistance


Chrome wheels should be cleaned regularly. It's recommended that you clean this finish with a soft brush, soap, and a mild degreaser or spray-on cleaner designed for chrome wheels. Make sure to rinse thoroughly when you clean, and never allow water or any cleaning solution to sit on the surface due to the danger of water spots. When removing water and cleaning chemicals, use a non-abrasive towel. Polishing your wheels regularly and applying a wax will also help keep them in top condition.

Clear Coated

Clear coated wheels generally have a low maintenance level compared to other finishes. To keep the appearance of these wheels in top condition, you should be able to get away with cleaning regularly and polishing occasionally. Make sure to choose a water-based cleaning solution specified for clean coated wheels. Stay away from acid-based cleaners as well as spray-on and rinse-off cleaners. These can damage the finish.

Polished Aluminium

Polished aluminum wheels generally require more maintenance than other finishes. Oxidation should be expected with age, but repolishing can often make your wheels look like-new again. If you have new wheels, it's recommended that you apply a protective sealant designed for this finish. As the days pass and your wheels lose their shine or become dirty, make sure to clean them. Use a soft brush and be particularly careful that you don't scratch the uncoated, polished aluminum alloy. After polishing, you can apply a wax. If it's been a while since you've cared for your wheels and they are particularly dirty, be patient. You can attack buildup of brake dust and contaminants with an aggressive wheel cleaner and brush, but keep in mind that some cleaners are made with acid. If you have to go this route, make sure to remove the cleaner completely when finished and do not allow it to sit long since it can harm the polished surface. Rinse and dry using a non-abrasive cloth.

For information about other finishes, please see your manufacturer's recommendations or contact us.

Tip #2: Never Clean Hot Wheels

Never clean your wheels if they are still hot from driving. This can damage the finish as well as the brake rotors. Be patient, and let your wheels cool completely before cleaning them.

Tip #3: Understand Maintenance Factors

Your friend two states over may not need to perform wheel maintenance as often as you do, or vice versa. There are many factors that affect how often you should clean your wheels. How frequently you drive, the road conditions in your neighborhood, and the type of weather in your area all play a role in how fast your wheels become dirty and wear.

If you take your wheels our in winter, remember that salt and road chemicals can have an impact on your rims.

Tip 4: Be Selective of Your Car Wash

Before you head to the car wash, ask about the chemicals used in the wash. Some chemicals can harm your wheels.

Tip #5: Clean with the Right Items

A recommended wheel cleaning starter kit includes:

  • Soft Brush
  • Soap
  • Mild Degreaser/Wheel Cleaner

Never use harsh cleaning chemicals on your wheels, and always make sure the products you buy are recommended for your wheel finish before you begin maintenance.

Ask Us Your Wheel Maintenance Questions

Do you have any questions about taking care of your wheels? Talk with a knowledgeable member of our team today. We look forward to helping you with all your wheel needs. If it's time for a scheduled automotive service like wheel balancing, we can also help you out. Contact us for more information online, over the phone, or in person.

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