Enthusiasts clean their cars constantly, but oftentimes the wheels and tires get overlooked. The tires are one of the things people look at the most when judging a car, so having clean and great looking wheels, rims, and tires is important. With proper maintenance of your wheels and tires, you’ll also naturally protect them from the elements which will keep them looking great. We’ll cover some of our favorite tools and cleaning products when it comes to wheel detailing. Here are the top 10 best car and truck wheel care products of 2019.
10. Iron Remover and Wheel Cleaner by Chemical Guys
This Iron Remover and Wheel Cleaner from Chemical Guys is a welcome addition to any car care product collection. This comes in a convenient spray top bottle allowing you to quickly apply the solution on those hard iron deposits in your paint or all over your wheels and rims. The solution turns purple when it comes into contact with iron deposits and that’s how you know it’s working.
This is a great finish to any car wash to take care of those pesky iron particles in your paint or as a general all-over cleanser for your rims and wheels. This will neutralize the rust reactions caused by brake dust particles and allow you to fully clean your paint and wheels.
9. Wheel & Tire Cleaner by Eagle One
This Wheel & Tire Cleaner from Eagle One is safe to use on all wheels from the factory, painted or otherwise. Great for stainless steel wheels, but you may want to be cautious using it on polished aluminum. For tires that have caked on grease, dirt, brake dust, and grime, this is a good choice.
Eagle One comes with a convenient built-in hose sprayer that will allow you to spray into all the nooks and crannies of your wheels and tires. This foaming cleanser will work hard on the grease, dirt, and grime to break it apart so it will come right off with a good rinse.
Users of Eagle One product mention that this should only be used on wheels that are cool to the touch, as if it is applied when they are hot it might leave blotchy spots on your wheels and rims. Rinse off your wheels/rims, spray it on, let it soak for awhile, then use an appropriate wheel brush of your choice to fully remove any dirt, grime, and grease from your wheels. Follow up with a good polish, sealant, and wax of your choice to protect your wheels in the future.
8. Wheel Guard Rim and Wheel Sealant by Chemical Guys
The Wheel Guard Rim and Wheel Sealant from Chemical Guys is your best choice for applying a high gloss shine to your wheels and rims. The ideal application of this sealant is to put it on after you’ve already taken the liberty of cleaning them and washing them.
The sealant is for the second to last step in order to protect them from future damage from the elements, weather, and foreign contaminants. Max Coat sealant will go on thick to protect your wheels and rims from corrosion, salt damage, brake dust, dirt, and road grime and will keep protecting it for longer than 6 months.
This wheel guard and wheel sealant works on painted, anodized, polished aluminum, powder coated, stainless steel, even gold wheels and rims. It’s going to help keep your wheels and rims protected for a long time in the future.
7. Diablo Gel Wheel and Rim Cleaner by Chemical Guys
Safe enough to use on all OEM and aftermarket wheels, the Diablo Gel Wheel and Rim Cleaner by Chemical Guys is a concentrated cleaner that can be diluted 6:1 in order to provide for many wheel and rim cleanings. It’s safe to use on chrome, powder coated wheels, carbon fiber lips, decal wrapped wheels, and painted wheels.
Diablo Gel concentrated formula can be brushed or sprayed on where it will then begin attacking and breaking up dust, dirt, grime, brake dust, and other contaminants on your wheels and rims.
This isn’t a heavy-duty cleaner, but it is a safe and effective acid-free cleanser that won’t damage any delicate parts or surfaces. It’s advised that you get a high quality spray bottle to use with this formula as even diluted, it’s relatively thick. The good part is this is non-abrasive, it’s affordable, and it works incredibly well at breaking up and attacking built-up gunk on your wheels. A little elbow grease may be required, but that’s expected.
6. Wheel Cleaner Full Effect by Sonax
Similar to the Wheel Cleaner Plus by Sonax, the Wheel Cleaner Full Effect by Sonax is also acid-free, pH-balanced and will also turn red as it activates upon hitting dirt, grease, and grime. This just means that you know it’s working. This is intended for use on alloy and steel wheels and even comes with a microfiber towel. Wheel Cleaner can also be used for clear coated, anodized, and painted wheels as well to bring back that glorious shine while not affecting the clear coats.
A little scrubbing is needed after the spray is applied to get rid of the dirt, grease, and grime. You’ll know it’s ready to come off when the liquid turns that red color. Wheels and fenders will never look cleaner.
5. Wheel and Tire Cleaner by CarGuys
When it comes to clearing away road and salt grime, you want the Wheel and Tire Cleaner spray by CarGuys. The environmentally friendly product is safe for all wheel and tire types, including aluminium, anodized, chrome, painted, alloy, clear-coated, polished, and even plasti-dipped rims and more.
The acid-free formula is also great for cleaning white wall tires and motorcycle wheels. Prevent corrosion and rust spots on your wheels by getting rid of the dirt, grime, and road salts that accumulate over a long winter easily with this pH balanced wheel and tire cleaner.
Wheel and Tire Cleaner by CarGuys is guaranteed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee by CarGuys. They stand by their product because they know it works.
4. Wheel Woolie by Adam’s
The Wheel Woolie by Adam’s is the favorite tool we found for reaching those hard to reach areas of your wheels and tires. It has tough polypropylene fibers that are strong enough to be firm against dirt and grime but gentle enough not to leave any scratches.
With an easy to grip rubberized handle and a 45 degree angled head near the brush, this will allow you to easily reach over and around, under and behind in order to clean every spot of your wheels and tires.
The polypropylene fibers are excellent water-absorbers and will allow you to use the cleaning chemicals of your choice without fear of damaging your brush. It’s safe to use on all wheel types without any worry of damaging your wheels. Adam’s stands by their products with a 110% satisfaction guarantee, so you can’t go wrong with this one.
3. Wheel Cleaner Plus by Sonax
The Wheel Cleaner Plus by Sonax is another color-activated cleaner that will demonstrate it working as it cleans. The acid-free liquid will turn red as it comes into contact with dirt and grime, allowing you to clearly and easily see what needs to be wiped off. It’s environmentally friendly and is safe to use on anodized, painted, or clear coated wheel rims; also safe for both aluminum and alloys.
Wheel Cleaner Plus is a more concentrated formulation that is 30 percent more effective than it’s precursor, Sonax Wheel Cleaner. For shops and garages, this cleaner also comes in 5L and 25L options for those looking to buy in bulk. For personal use, it’s available in a convenient 500 ml option with spray head attachment. Easy to use, and you can tell when it’s working, so it’s easy to see why it’s one of our top choices for the best wheel care products.
2. Deep Wheel Cleaner by Adam’s
The Deep Wheel Cleaner by Adam’s will help your wheels and tires get clean and break free the dirt, dust, brake dust, and other contaminants so you can wipe them off. This acid-free formula is pH neutral and will allow you to get your wheels and tires incredibly clean. As it’s working, you’ll see it change to a deep purple color when it comes into contact with brake dust and iron debris, then you can wipe it away for a wonderfully bright shine.
Amazingly, this can also be used for motorcycles and white wall tires to dissolve and break up all sorts of unsightly problems that are covering your wheels and tires. Safe for use on factory powder coated, factory painted wheels, and factory clear coats as well.
1. V.R.P. Vinyl, Rubber and Plastic by Chemical Guys
When you’re looking to restore your tires to their original bright shine, the VRP (Vinyl, Rubber, and Plastic) Super Shine Protectant from Chemical Guys is the best answer. It won’t just bring back that great shine, it’ll help to maintain and protect your tires, trim, vinyl, interior, exterior and wheels as well. The cream will restore and protect cracked and damaged materials from previous and future UV damage. UV Blockers that are built-in will help your tires resist the harmful rays of the sun.
This non-greasy cream will bring a deep wet look to your tires, interior vinyl, exterior vinyl, plastic, rubber, and won’t cause a terrible mess. This water-based dressing is quality where you need it most. Easy to apply and will last a while for interior use. Since it is water-based, it may need to be reapplied after each rain.