Protecting your wheels – tips and tricks

Once you’ve cleaned your wheels and rims thoroughly, you’ll want to make the most of your hard work by sealing the rim – something you should do every three months. Your first step is to buy a sealant that’s suited to use on wheels – if you’re unsure of which to use, there are plenty of useful forums and articles on the internet that will provide guidance.

When you’ve selected a sealant, coat the rim thoroughly and leave it to dry. Once dried, buff the surface with a clean microfibre cloth before repeating the process two or three times.

After this, it’s time to give your tyres some love. Use a foam applicator pad to coat your tyres in a water-based dressing, which will nourish the rubber and improve the way it looks.

Once this is done, you’re ready to re-attach your wheels. Experts recommend applying copper grease to the thread of each wheel nut before re-attachment, to help you achieve a smoother fit. Once all the wheels are on, and the car has been lowered back down to the ground, tighten the wheel nuts using a torque wrench, then stand back to admire your handiwork. It might be time for a cup of tea, too!


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