After buying new rims, it’s a good idea to protect your investment so they last as long as possible. As shiny and gorgeous as your brand new rims may look right now, they can get dirty and banged up after a short time. That’s why prevention is key! Rims aren’t cheap, but protecting them is.
The Best Way To Protect Your Rims
Protecting your brand new rims doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. You can easily add a layer of protection to your rims by cleaning and sealing them and then installing wheel protectors. (By the way, if you want tips for keeping your entire car feeling brand new, we’ve got more tips here.)
This step-by-step tutorial goes over the process:
- Thoroughly clean your rims with a medium-grade auto detailing clay bar. You may feel tempted to skip this step with brand new rims because they already look clean, but you’ll be surprised to see how dirty they actually are. You want the rims squeaky clean because any dirt you leave behind will be sealed in.
- Apply metal sealant or wheel-specific coating to the rims.
- Let dry and then install wheel protectors, such as RimBlades, to the rims.
Taking these steps will prolong the brand new appearance, as well as the lifespan, of your rims. Metal sealant or wheel-specific coating will keep the dirt and grime off the metal, but it won’t protect your rims from curb rashes. That’s where RimBlades steps in. The wheel protectors serve as a buffer between your rims and anything else that may scrape them up.
We recommend repeating the cleaning and sealing process once a year because the wheel sealant will wear off eventually. You can also switch up the color of your RimBlades if you want an inexpensive way to alter your car’s appearance.
Extend the life of your rims even more with the following precautionary measures:
- Take extra care while parallel parking because it’s one of the most common ways to scrape up your rims.
- When washing your rims, avoid steel wool and acid-based cleaners because they strip away the clear coating on your rims.
- If you live in a cold climate, try to avoid driving on roads with salt on them, as salt (mixed with water) accelerates the corrosion of your rims.
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