Tyre Talk Column: Damage at the car wash

Ray Pantling, owner of Tyres Direct in Bletchley, warns that amateur hand car washes can damage your alloy wheels.

Ever wondered why your beautiful Alloy Wheels blister and sometimes lose their lacquered finish?

It’s a common occurrence since the arrival of the ‘hand car wash’ places swarming with guys armed to the teeth with power hoses, bullet speed jet washes and highly acidic or alkaline products.

They are often untrained and lacking specialist knowledge, and etch the laquer and potentially cause blistering and peeling which damages the alloy finish.

Next time, notice how their jet wash is often no more than 1 inch away from the surface of the face of the rim – the distance away should be at least 6 inches.

A ferrous contamination remover should be used to ensure any metal particles are neutralised before being safely rinsed off the rims – the contamination is often caused by tiny particles of steel brake discs shredding.

If the wheel has been refurbished, try and get the company to finish the job properly and have them powder coated, which is the only way to get a long lasting factory finish.

Often companies just do a blown-over job on the cheap. Sadly wheels not given the workmanship are so vulnerable to damage.

Just like your bodywork, painted and lacquered wheels must be treated in the same way.

This column was published in the August 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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