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Wheel clean / tar removal / wheel well clean

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by JimC64, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. JimC64
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    Hi all, I really wanted to get this done a week or so ago but time / weather would not allow. I managed to get a few hours to myself today and the weather was kinda ok, so I got stuck in..

    The car / wheels etc are washed generally maybe at least twice a week so they're in pretty decent shape, but the wheel wells and the wheel inners were filthy and there were plenty of tar spots as well as the odd black sticky mess left behind from wheel balance weights of the past. They were really getting to me and needed attention.

    Time taken 3-4 hours
    Products -
    Turtle wax tar and bug remover
    Car shampoo
    grease
    wheel brush
    hose
    AND plenty of elbow grease

    Firstly, it was off with the front wheel to see the state of play, pretty messy ...
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    Wheel wells were soaked and then foamed and using the wheel brush given a good going over, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies and working around the caliper, hub, springs etc. Once that was done it was onto the wheel itself, fine on the outside, just some brake dust and a little road grime, but the inners were a different story altogether...
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    This wasn't the worst wheel unfortunately. The weather had broke and rain wasn't far off, so pics were limited. No black sticky mess on this wheel but there were plenty on the others from previous balance weights that needed attention...
    These were soaked and washed and then sprayed liberally with the tar and bug remover to allow it to do its work . The Turtle wax was not as good as I expected it to be and I won't be using it again, Autoglym Tardis for me next time I think. In fact I ended up using a cloth with some petrol on it to speed up the process. They were then thoroughly washed again front n rear to remove any traces and then dried and tyres blacked using Meguires Hot wheels which was later buffed to a shine....
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    The wheel wells ended up looking like this after some serious effort.....
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    Whilst taking the wheels off I really struggled as some of the bolts were almost welded into place and really tough to get off. So, before putting them back on it was time for a little grease to smooth the way for future ease of removal...

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    It was starting to rain, so just had time to get the last wheel back on and tidy away before a 10 minute downpour came....couldn't have timed it much better

    Some of you may notice the calipers and hubs looking a little the worse for wear. I have it in mind in the next week or so to get the wheels off again and get them all repainted and freshend up for the good weather ( hopefully ).
    I'll probably use some cutting compound / polish on the faces of the wheels too just to finish them off. They are pretty good really, but there's a few slight scratches here n there that could do with attention.

    Stands back and awaits slating from pro detailers for methods used and finish attained:sadlike:

    Thanks for looking...
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    Nice one buddy, wheels came up a treat! Exactly what I need to do but have yet to get round to it. Good call on the autosmart tardis, it's the future! It would be wise to get some protection on there when you take the wheels off to do the calipers. Poorboys wheel sealant comes highly rated, I've just got some finish kare 1000p so I can do the wheels and the body with one sealant. Nice job buddy.
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    Thanks Hunty, comments appreciated
    I don't know why I didn't go for the Tardis...heard about a million rave reviews on it!
    Same story with the Poorboys wheel sealant too, really need to get sumthin on there thats for sure. I guess as I'm going to polish them up anyways to hopefully lose some slight scratches here n there I'll do it then, probably around the same time I'm hoping to repaint the calipers n hubs.
    Lookin forward to your post Hunty and see how you do it.....Hopefully with some pics too, I might pick up some tips:icon_thumright:
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    Mate, I'm just a keen ameteur like you, been doing it a couple of years now, but I take part on cleanyourcar forum and read alot of stuff on there, then just practice on my and the wife's car. Will get some pics up when I get round to it though mate, that's the beauty of it, we can learn from each other and some of the pro's.
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    Did the same thing to my S3 this weekend, followed by a full wash/clay/polish/wax/interior detail. Wife thinks I'm nuts (no change there then) but it's so much better now. Neighbours keep telling me I'm going to rub the paint off it if I keep washing it so often! Only thing left to do is engine bay detail, but that'll have to be done one evening this week.
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    Sounds like an epic detailing weekend doc! That must of taken some time and effort, my wife would kill me if I wrote off the weekend, I'm jealous.
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    Sounds good mate.

    Cant see the pics as im at work and the proxy blocks hosted images.

    I did mine last weekend, i always use the poorboys wheel sealent aswell its damn good stuff.

    Bought some new wheel nut caps, which look 100x better than the standard black caps.(ill put some pics up soon)

    I am struggling with tar on the alloys though, what can i use to get this off? is Autoglym Tardis the stuff i need for this problem?

    cheers DAZ
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    Tardis is what you want.....sposed to be the bees knees. All the pro's seem to swear by it.:icon_thumright:
    I certainly wouldn't recommend the Turtle wax stuff I used.
    You might also want to claybar them after to remove built up brake dust etc etc if you want a really clean / smooth finish.
    Could take 3-4 hours but thats doin the wheel wells too, and well worth it:jump:
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    Tardis is the best, easiest lve used. Ebay.
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    Yes mate it is tardis you want and its made by Autosmart ;)
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