5 Ways to Keep Your Rims and Tyres Looking Like New
Posted by: Lydia on 14/03/2018
Whenever you buy a car, it always looks great - whether it’s brand new or used. You can always see evidence of the elbow grease that went into it to make it look its best.
But then you start the daily driving, and that shiny new look fades.
And since your wheels and rims bear so much of the brunt of driving, they’ll be one of the first areas to get dirty. While it’s common, it’s also really frustrating.
The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to keep them clean. Here are 5 ways to keep your rims and tyres looking like new - no matter how old your car is.
1. Buy from trusted sellers
This first point is an obvious one, but it’s one that many motorists around the world fail to heed.
We live in a world where consumers are always racing to get the greatest value - and the lowest price possible. That’s fine, but best value and lowest price are not always the same thing, especially when it comes to wheels and tyres. After all, plenty of poorly-made fakes do exist.
Fake rims and wheels are not only a safety issue, but also a quality issue. It shouldn’t be breaking news to say that the creators of fake wheels and rims often disregard legal manufacturing standards. This means a really affordable set of tyres becomes more expensive in the long run, as they only last a fraction of the time that a genuine set would. Ensure you avoid this issue from the start by buying a good set of quality tyres from a trusted supplier.
2. Clean comprehensively
You see the sort of driver who gets this wrong often. You know the one we mean: that guy at the car wash on a Saturday afternoon who carefully and thoroughly washes the car’s body, but when it comes to the rims and tyres? Just a quick spray of the hose should do it!
Don’t be this driver. When it comes time to give your car a cleaning, break out a proper brush and give your tyres and rims a good scrubdown. It will only take a few minutes, but the proper application of the brush will help remove the stubborn dirt and buildup that the hose misses.
3. Use waxes and polishes
Once you’ve made good use of the hose and brush to do away with all that dirt and residue, it’s always a good idea to apply some polish. A quality wax or gel not only maintains the clean look of your tyres, but it can also help reduce the build-up of more dirt and other nasties in future.
Among tyre cleaning enthusiasts - and they most certainly exist - there can be big debates about whether tyre dressing or tyre clear coat is better. The truth is that both are good, with the big difference being that tyre dressing will take a while after application to produce that sheen we all love. Clear coat will provide that look more quickly, but it will fade faster. Either one is a good pick, provided you reapply as the need arises.
4. Be proactive when driving
A big part of keeping your wheels and tyres looking good has to do with being mindful of where and how you drive your car. Just like a driver who constantly slams on their brakes will need replacement pads sooner than normal, if you choose to drive on rough terrain or in less-than-ideal conditions, it will add to the wear and tear on your vehicle.
Sure, a car’s engine can manage a great Aussie road trip on a 40 °C day, but if you have a choice, it’s ideal to wait until it's cooler in order to reduce engine strain.
Of course, no one can avoid the odd pothole now and then‚ but if your daily commute takes you over a long gravel road when a smoother alternative is available, consider taking the latter even if it's a little longer. Your tyres (and the rest of your car) will thank you.
5. Park your car off the street when possible
It’s amazing how much dirt and grime can build up when you leave your car parked on the street. That’s because, unlike the rest of your car’s body that’s elevated and protected by finish, your wheels are more exposed.
Sometimes parking on the street is unavoidable, but by parking your car in the garage at home and in a parking garage at work whenever possible, you’ll protect it from exposure to all the dirt, dust, and other particles that always end up on your wheels as vehicles go by.
If you can’t avoid parking on a busy road and find when you arrive home that your wheels are dirty, give them a quick spray with the hose. It’s not the same as a full cleaning, but for a quick fix, it does the trick.
Make the call when it's time
If you’ve done all you can in terms of cleaning and caring for your rims and tyres and they still don’t look good, it may just be the end of the line for them. So when the time comes, buy a new set. When Bridgestone and Michelin, the top two tyre manufacturers in the world‚ generate revenue of over AUD$50 billion a year‚ there’s certainly no shortage of options out there.
New tyres are also a question of safety. It’s great to be prudent and conserve your tyres as much as possible‚ but all good things must come to an end. Once your tyres are worn or have sustained severe damage‚ be sure to swap them out and find a great way to reuse and repurpose them.
Caring for your rims and tyres is a great habit to get into. Not only does it keep your wheels looking their best, but it also means that you’ll quickly notice any issues that arise with your tyres.
Beyond this, good maintenance and habits in this area will give you a feeling of pride, knowing that your vehicle is taken care of top to bottom. That means more enjoyment for you when driving - and what car fan doesn’t like that idea?
What other tips do you have for keeping your rims and tyres looking clean? Let us know in the comments below: