Here is a list of seven tips for cleaning alloy wheels that will get you to be show and shine ready in no time #Carwash Come and speak to us at Randburg Midas for all of your car cleaning and detailing needs. Alloy wheels look great, but cleaning alloy wheels and keeping them maintained can be stressful. They experience considerable damage from everyday road use. The dust that settles on them from brake pad and brake shoe wear and tear, road salt, tar, and other elements can scratch the once-bright surface, and can even become acidic and pit the surface permanently. Washing alloy wheels has been a topic discussed for decades, and everything from ‘folk remedies’ to professional advice has been thrown about for possible solutions. Automobile manufacturers will often tell you to just use soap and water, but you will have to do this often to keep damage from occurring, or you can just use a spray washer every couple of days to keep them cleaned off. Aside from soap and water, the following are some of the most effective tips for keeping your alloy wheels looking great. Homemade solutions can range from lemon juice to Coca Cola and are just that–word-of-mouth (and not guaranteed) remedies. For wheels in good shape, leave lemon juice on them for 10 minutes and then rinse off. For rust spots, wet some aluminum foil with Coca Cola and lightly sand the wheels. For grease, try soaking your wheels in a tub of white or cider vinegar. For deeper problems, Oxy-Gel kitchen cleaner can also be used. It is an oxygenated bleach, however, so take care with it. Standard over-the-counter alloy wheel cleaners abound. Some of the more often recommended include Tesco, Eagle One, Meguiars Hot Rims, Planet Polish’s Wheel Seal and Shine, or Castrol Superclean. A standard tar and bug remover can be used to prevent permanent tar stains, such as Autoglym Tar Remover. Look for the more unique products out there, such as Mothers Power Ball or Flitz Power Ball, which are attachments for your power drill that will polish your wheels. It’s recommended that you operate these at lower RPMs (300-400), with at least an 18V drill, for maximum effectiveness. Never use abrasive cleaners, polishing compounds, or steel wool to clean alloy wheels. Use a specially made alloy wheel brush if you must use one. Automatic car washes sometimes use acid-based cleaners or…Read more
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Next time you are at your car, have a look under the hood and decide if your car needs an Engine bay cleaning #Carwash We stock a massive range of car care products. Pop past Randburg Midas and pick up all of the products you will need. The engine bay of a car is very often overlooked when it comes to cleaning as it may be considered a ‘non-essential’ and the fact that the vast majority of the time nobody can see under the bonnet or hood means that often little attention is paid to it compared with other areas. Cleaning your engine bay and keeping it clean should be considered though, for a number of important reasons. Your car’s engine bay contains a number of components that can become very dirty, very quickly due to the location of these parts and the nature of the things they do. Keeping your engine bay clean ensures that excess grease, oil and dirt is unable to build up and accumulate in and around important or sensitive parts. Components critical to the operation of your car will perform better and be more reliable if kept clean and maintained. Like washing your car, cleaning the engine bay helps you to ‘get to know it’ and that means that you can catch any potential problems earlier on before they have the chance to develop into something more serious. For example whilst cleaning your engine bay you will become aware of any loose plugs or connections, corroded contacts, worn or perished piping or fluid/oil leaks. All of these things can potentially lead to more serious and costly problems later on in your cars life if neglected and allowed to develop. There is also the important factor of resale value. Keeping your engine bay clean will almost certainly help with the resale value of your car and will be viewed by potential purchasers in good light, especially if other similar cars that have been viewed had dirty and neglected looking engine bays. A clean engine bay suggests that the rest of the vehicle has also been properly maintained and treated with care during its lifetime. Once your engine bay has had a thorough clean it should not need properly cleaning again for a good period of time. When regularly washing your vehicle you should dry off any excess water from the shuts and similar areas under the…Read more