Cleaning Aluminum Alloy vs. Steel Wheels
In terms of maintenance, steel wheels are more easily repaired than aluminum wheels, as steel can often be hammered back into place when bent. On the other hand, alloy wheels tend to break or crack more easily under impact than their steel counterparts. And, they are more expensive to repair or replace. However, although people view them as more fragile, alloys actually tend to have greater strength compared to weight, than steel wheels.
So, how should you care for each type of wheel?
How to Care for Aluminum Alloy Wheels
Aluminum wheel rims can be a challenge to keep clean and shiny. It’s recommended you use water and mild soap, soft sponges, and soft thistle brushes or other products to avoid scratching these specific types of rims. You may also want to use a specialized alloy wheel cleaning products.
Here are the basic guidelines when cleaning your aluminum car wheels:
How to Care for Steel Wheels
Steel wheels should be routinely washed with soapy water and a soft brush. The main concern with cleaning steel wheels usually involves removing any surface rust off the edges of the rim and other parts of the wheel. Here we share the basics of the process:
*All cleaning methods are at your own risk. Get All Parts assumes no liability for any cleaning method described here. Always consult the product(s) manufacturer for specific cleaning instructions.