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How to Get Your Tire & Trim Just Right

A good-looking car with ugly tires and trim is like a fancy suit with flip flops. It just doesn’t work. In this article we’ll explore how to keep your wheels in tiptop shape, so you’ll never be embarrassed by grungy wheels again. The first step is to eliminate grime buildup. The fastest and most effective way to do this is with a spray cleaner that’s formulated to safely clean heavily soiled wheels without the use of harsh chemicals.

Ideally, you want a spray cleaner that is pH neutral (non-acidic), such as Ultima Wheel Cleaner Gel, which removes road residue and brake dust better than most full-strength brake dust cleaners. It also won’t run off or dry prematurely (unlike acid-based cleaners), which can cause spotting or permanent damage.

Here are some helpful tips for washing your wheels:

  • Shake well before use. Spray entire wheel and allow to soak for 30 seconds.
  • Use on steel, aluminum alloy, clear coated, factory painted wheels, and plastic and metal hubcaps.
  • Agitate with soft brush or Dressing Applicator. This activates the cleaning foam, lifting off brake dust and road grime.
  • Rinse thoroughly with a heavy jet of water to ensure that all product has been removed from wheel surface, including lug nut holes.

As soon as your wheels are clean, it’s time to protect them with tire dressing, which will safeguard your wheels from road salts, mud, UV rays and more. It’s important to pay attention to the ingredients that go into your tire cleaner and tire dressing, otherwise you may have to deal with tire sling. Make sure to choose a tire dressing that is clear and has no added coloring, water, emulsifiers, powders, silicone, or other fillers. Fillers are not only bad for the environment, they don’t do anything to benefit your wheels.

Ultima Tire & Trim Guard Plus is free from fillers and won’t sling off tires or trim. It’s a highly-concentrated product, so one bottle ends up lasting about 4x longer than most other tire & trim cleaners. One application can last up to 2 months.

Here are some helpful tips for protecting your wheels:

  • Protect your wheels and trim from fading in the sun by applying to chrome, stainless steel, aluminum, plastic cladding, truck liners, rubber, exhaust tips and vinyl.
  • Buff on hard glossy surfaces, such as chrome trim, but don’t buff on porous surfaces (such as tires and rubber trim). Allow tires and trim to dry without buffing
  • Apply a second coat after 20 minutes for additional gloss on tires. A third coat may be applied after another 20 minutes for super high-gloss shine.
  • Heck, apply as many coats as you want, because this tire dressing won’t sling.