Forged Billet Wheel Care
Custom Forged Billet Wheel Clean & Care Guide
Forged billet wheels are one of the most expensive wheels on the market today. Custom forged Pro Billet wheels are installed on exotic luxury sport vehicles to enhance the vehicles appearance. Therefore it is extremely important to keep your custom forged billet wheels looking clean and presentable.
When cleaned and polished, forged billet aluminum wheels have the potential to shine like chrome. Aluminum is a relatively soft metal, which means it responds well to polishing. Cleaning and polishing your forged billet aluminum wheels is a very rewarding process and it is an absolute must if you want to keep your custom wheels looking like new.
Bare aluminum has a tendency to dull. In the case of coated aluminum, you'll need wheel cleaners and polishes that are safe on coatings. On the other hand, if your aluminum wheels have no coating, you can afford to use a stronger aluminum polish. This guide is intended for bare aluminum wheels.
Note: You can tell if there is a coating on aluminum by applying a little polish in an inconspicuous spot. As you rub, if no black residue appears, there is a coating over the aluminum. Aluminum oxide comes off as a black residue if you’re working on uncoated aluminum. If you think they may be clear coated, see our guide entitled, How To Clean and Polish Clear Coated Wheels.
Wheels’ worst enemy
Brake dust consists of an adhesive mixed with carbon fibers that come off the brake pad and tiny metal shavings that come off of the rotor. The intense heat and friction generated by the wheels makes this mixture highly corrosive. Because you probably drive every day, more and more brake dust is constantly being made which then begins to settle on your wheels and accumulate if not cleaned properly. Frequent cleaning of your custom forged billet wheel is the only way to keep your wheels safe and looking brand new.