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Optimum No Rinse is a great product, and we all know that. However, did you know you can use it to clean your wheels? I recently started using it between car washes to keep my wheels from collecting too much brake dust.
It’s very beneficial for me, as I have spray painted wheels and they look terrible when they get dirty. Everything is noticeable on black. I can thoroughly wash my car on Monday, and by Wednesday my wheels look brown ‘cause of all the dirt and brake dust.
About a month ago, I went in my garage, mixed up a spray bottle with Optimum No Rinse and went to town on those dirty wheels. I used a spray bottle to apply, a detailing brush to get in the tight spots, and then a microfiber to scrub and another to dry. It took about 10 minutes to clean them all.
A few days later, I washed my entire car, and the wheels came super clean with little effort. All I had to do was rinse them off with my Westforce electric pressure washer. I still gave them a quick clean with my wheel brush, but honestly it wasn’t necessary.
So if you have black wheels and you can’t keep them clean, consider using ONR to wash them quickly in between car washes. Black paint on cars and on wheels looks great, but only when everything is clean. Dirty black wheels look like crap!
What You Need to Wash Car Wheels With Optimum No Rinse
- Spray Bottle
- Optimum No Rinse
- Detailing or Wheel Brush (optional, can use microfiber or sponge to clean)
If you don’t care about the appearance of your car then don’t worry about this article, just do you. But for those of us who like to keep our wheels clean – this method is easy, quick and highly effective!
ONR is extremely cheap and versatile. If you’ve ever washed your car with it then you’ll know it leaves behind a shiny surface. This is the same on wheels, and my gloss black wheels look brand new once I clean them with it.
What Optimum No Rinse Can Do
- Wash and shine your car with minimal water and no hose
- Clean wheels of brake dust and road grime
- Reduces water usage (great for droughts!)
- Wash your car anywhere fast
- Wash your car inside the garage
- Wash your car in freezing weather
I will continue to do this quick wheel wash between my weekly car washes, and use a quick spray wax on them about once a month. By doing this, I prevent any brake dust from building up and I NEVER have to scrub my wheels to get them clean. Cleaning dirty wheels can be difficult – or it can be easy. Hope this helps!
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