Tricks for Cleaning Semi Truck Rims

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Cleaning a truck wheel can be more complicated than cleaning regular car wheels because so much of debris and brake dust accumulate on such large wheels. Sometimes, the only way to get the wheel clean is to apply the right combination of a strong wheel cleaner and some elbow grease.

Truck Wash Station

  • Using a high-pressure wheel cleaner will help dissolve some of the stubborn road stains. If you do not have access to a car wash with a bay large enough to accommodate your truck, contact a local truck stop. It usually has high-pressure hoses or truck washes. Soak the wheel with a good wheel cleaner before spraying it down with the pressure washer. Rinse so you can inspect for anything you might have missed.

Cleaning Chemicals

  • Your local parts house will carry quality products by Turtle Wax or Meguiar's products. Use those products with a combination of elbow grease and the stubborn dirt and road debris will come right off, leaving your wheels with a shiny surface. Use something with a little abrasion to help scrub out any stubborn road tar or anything that does not come off easily. Do not use anything heavy like a very abrasive-grit sandpaper. Scrub hard, but not enough to destroy the finish. Ask your parts house for any good wheel brushes that will help get in the wheel and pull the grime and dirt off.

Cleaning at Home

  • Wheel-cleaning at home can be harder if you don't have access to a pressure washer or a high-pressure system. A good high-pressure nozzle will be very helpful. Mix your cleaner in a bucket and soak the wheels with the hose. Then apply the soap with a steel wool pad and the stubborn stains and the debris will usually come right off. Rinse the wheel and then try again to get anything you missed. Then apply a tire coating.

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