Chevrolet Wheel: Care and Maintenance
You may take your Chevy on an off-road trip or may drive it for miles on end. At the end of the day, the wheels may gather brake dust and may collect dirt. So the wheels won't get tarnished heavily and won't have stubborn stains, you have to clean them thoroughly. It takes more than just a quick wash and rinse to properly maintain them. Here are some good tips for Chevrolet wheel care and maintenance:
- Clean the wheels thoroughly.
Soap or car shampoo and water is often used for washing them and getting rid of loose contaminants, but if they have stubborn stains and dust buildup, you can also use dedicated wheel cleaners. You can use a wide variety of wheel cleaners for alloy wheels. Since they have a layer of clear coat, the wheels' finish won't oxidize easily. You can wash, clay, polish, and use protectant on these wheels without worries. For aftermarket and other types of wheels, especially those with a high polished finish, they have to be treated more carefully to prevent oxidizing the finish and causing other damage. While acidic wheel cleaners are effective, they can tarnish polished wheels and other delicate wheel finish. For these types of wheel finish, you may use pH-balanced wheel cleaners.
Make sure that the wheels are completely cool before you start washing them. To prevent water marks, it would be best do the wheel cleaning in the shade or to rinse them frequently when in direct sunlight. A detailing brush can easily remove dirt on the inner barrels and reach through other tighter areas. Start with cleaning the insides of the wheel before moving on to the wheel face. Use a wash mitt or any special wheel brush to get through the nooks and recesses. For thorough rinsing, use a steady stream of water. Check for remaining stains and spots.
You may use a clay bar to prep the wheels' surface and get rid of brake dust. However, you have to be extra careful when using this on high-polished wheels as this may lead to swirls or micro-marring. To protect the wheels, you may use wax and other detailing products. This makes wheels easier to clean and maintain. Another good option is wheel sealant. Look for products that protect the wheels from high heat or extreme temperatures, especially when braking and also give them that smooth, shiny-looking surface.
Aside from washing the wheels and using wheel protectant, polishing your wheels also increase their depth and gloss. The polish also treats minor surface imperfections. For wheels with clear coat, it would be as easy as polishing paint. But for wheels with bare metal, a metal polish can be used. When polishing the wheels, it would be best to use a foam applicator pad or any similar tool or other recommended products by the manufacturer. Spread the polish thinly and evenly, applying just little pressure. Microfiber towel should be used to wipe away broken-down polish. Work the polish into the entire wheel surface until this gives the wheel that new depth and shine.
Keystone wheels are made from 100% aluminum alloy, which makes them quite resistant to corrosion on surfaces exposed to the atmosphere. The aluminum alloy also produces a thin, protective, and transparent oxide skin that adds luster and shine to the surface of the wheel. Furthermore, the aluminum alloy material makes the wheels less prone to corrosion than their steel counterparts. Another plus is that these are of lighter weight, improving the handling when driving through the reduction of unsprung mass. In addition, they also feature a hole/slot design that goes well with any car model. These Keystone wheels also guarantee a direct fit wheels ensuring a trouble-free installation. Most of the Keystone wheels come in the color white that provides a very nice impression for the Chevy once set up with tires and mounted on the hubs. The Keystone wheels are sold individually and come with a one-year Keystone Wheels Limited Warranty.
CCI wheels consist of two different types according to the material they are made of: aluminum alloy and steel. CCI aluminum alloy wheels are generally stronger and lighter than the steel ones, so they are more widely used in racing applications. The CCI aluminum alloy wheels, in addition, feature a faster rate of heat dissipation because of the material. This gives the driver a better braking performance. Furthermore, they feature an open-spoke design which allows the air to circulate around the brakes and cool them down even faster. But depending on the driving conditions, either of the two types would be a good choice, especially if it is going to be just city driving. The big difference, though, comes with the price, since the aluminum alloy wheels are quite costlier than the steel wheels. And although these wheels do not come brand new but only remanufactured, their reliability and durability are at par with new ones. The CCI wheels are sold individually and come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Replacement Alloy Wheel
Replacement Alloy Wheel features wheels that are both stylish and durable, giving balance to the vehicle's appearance and performance. Made with aluminum alloy, these wheels offer a light weight which improves both car handling and the suspension system function. These wheels also have a high rate of heat dissipation because of the material. Besides that, the spokes are designed in such a way that gets through and flows around the brakes. These two features work together and result in an excellent braking performance, and thus, reduce the risk of brake failure. When it comes to the appearance, the Replacement Alloy Wheel also gives the car a fresh new look.