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    Must Have Wheel Cleaning Brushes that make cleaning wheels fast and easy

    Must Have Wheel Cleaning Brushes that make cleaning wheels fast and easy


    I wash a lot of wheels and tires. I'm lazy by nature but OCD at the same time. (how does that work?). I ALWAYS wash wheels and tires first and then wash the car. Besides avoiding water spots and the fact that the order you wash a car is relative. When it comes to any job, I've always practiced tackling the hardest aspect of the job first. This is another reason I wash wheels and tires first. Washing body panels on a car is pretty easy and straightforward, but when you wash wheels and tires you have to sit your butt on the ground and w-o-r-k. That's 2 reasons I knock out the wheels and tires first.

    At all my detailing classes I also focus on EXTREME CAR WASHING. Yeah I know, kind of dramatic huh? But in my opinion and experinec,e THE most important aspect for most detail jobs STARTS with getting the car SURGICALLY CLEAN. Every other step gets easier and your results are better if you first start with an incredibly clean car.

    Wheel and Tire Brushes

    When it comes to getting your wheels and tires clean, how fast you can do it and how WELL you can do it always comes down to your TOOLS. If you have crappy brushes it's going to take you longer, you're not going to do a very good job so you get crappy results. What I teach in my classes and what I practice is to invest in great car washing tools. You'll get the job done better - faster. And then you can move on to the next steps.



    Here' what I use...



    Wheel and Tire Brush Bucket

    If you ever join the IDA - one of the questions on the Skill Validation tests is how many buckets does it take to do a proper car wash and the answer is 3 buckets. The third bucket being your Wheel & Tire Bucket. There you go, I just gave you an answer for the test.





    Some soap for the brushes - helps to clean the wheels better and also helps to clean the brushes when your done.








    Start by putting your DRY brushes in the bucket.















    Speed Master Wheel Brush

    The Speed Master Wheel Brush makes getting the barrels and backs of the spokes clean fast and easy. The only way to do a better job would be to remove the wheels so for most people, this brush is a must-have tool.


    To get your car's wheels clean - start with the Speed Master Wheel Brush and clean the wheel barrels.











    Next, bend the flexible vinyl coated shaft to make a U-shape





    Now clean the back of the wheel spokes...










    Removing stubborn brake dust and road film in hard to reach areas

    The Speed Master Wheel Detailing Brush works great to get into tight areas around the brake calibers to agitate and remove stubborn brake dust AND ROAD FILM.














    IF you don't know what Road Film is and where it comes from, read my article here, the pictures tell the story.


    Road Film - If you drive your car in the rain your car has road film




    More action shots of the Speed Master Wheel Brush....








    Then if you're the OCD type of person that needs the back of the spokes clean, (no one will ever see them but what the heck), then bend the brush to get the back of the spokes.






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    Speed Master Wheel Brush


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    Re: Must Have Wheel Cleaning Brushes that make cleaning wheels fast and easy

    More...



    Speed Master 3 Piece Wheel Detail Kit




    Speed Master 3 Piece Wheel Detail Kit includes 3 different sized tools:

    1. - 19 inch Speed Master Wheel Detail Tool – 3 inch diameter.
    2. - 13 inch Speed Master Wheel Detail Tool – 2 inch diameter head.
    3. - 9 inch Speed Master Wheel Detail Tool – 1 inch diameter head.



    Then start scrubbing the barrels with a side-to-side and back-n-forth action....










    Next work the smaller brushes in and out of tight areas between spokes to remove built-up road grime and brake dust.










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    Speed Master 3 Piece Wheel Detail Kit



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    Re: Must Have Wheel Cleaning Brushes that make cleaning wheels fast and easy

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    Wheel Woolies Boar’s Hair Wheel Brush


    The perfect wheel cleaning brush
    This is my favorite wheel cleaning brush. Why? Because the bristle are perfect for effective cleaning. They are stout enough to agitate the wheel cleaner but still flexible enough to bend and flex so the ends of the bristles can get into intricate areas. At the same time they won't scratch so they're safe for any finish.





    Not only are the bristles the perfect combination of not to soft or not to stiff but the ends are flagged so they thousands of tips can agitate wheel cleaner in tight cracks, crevices and other wheel designs.





    After you use the Wheel Woolies black wheel brush one time you'll agree they are the perfect wheel cleaning brush. I use them for cosmetic engine detailing for the same reasons I like them for wheel cleaning.











    Makes cleaning any type of wheel fast and efficeient....




    The most awesome wheel face brush...
    I teach a lot of classes and one of the things I remind people of is out of all the "things" you do to your car... washing is the most common and most repeated thing you do. So it only makes sense to have GREAT car washing tools and products to make a job I really don't like doing as fast as possible while keeping my results professional quality consistently. Make sense?









    Not too soft not too stiff - the perfect balance...

    The bristles on the Boar's Hair Wheel Face brush work so well because the bristles are the perfect balance of medium stiffness, that is not too hard and not so limp they are useless.











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    Wheel Woolies Boar’s Hair Wheel Brush



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    Re: Must Have Wheel Cleaning Brushes that make cleaning wheels fast and easy

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    Famous Detailing Brush



    Big cleaning from a tiny brush

    If you consider yourself a tick on the OCD side, then you probably already own this brush. If you don't? Then get one. You'll never wash your car without one again and you'll find hundreds of other uses for this brush that will make cleaning and detailing your car faster and easier.





    The bristles are made from pig hair. and the ends are feathers or flagged which means they are split to create double and triple the number of bristles agitating the surface when you're cleaning.











    IMPORTANT

    BE CAREFUL WHEN CLEANING AROUND RUBBER AIR VALVE STEMS

    As rubber valve stems age the rubber breaks down, cracks and deteriorates. If you BUMP them with a brush you can break them off and now you have a FLAT TIRE.






    Get yours here, in fact, get 2 - brushes do wear out you know....


    Famous Detailing Brush



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    Re: Must Have Wheel Cleaning Brushes that make cleaning wheels fast and easy

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    Autogeek Knee N’ Back Pad


    The Autogeek Knee N' Back cushion is also great for sitting on while sitting on the ground in front of wheels and tires.





    Besides being a LOT more comfortable than concrete it also keeps your pants from getting wet when there's rinse water around the car.




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    Re: Must Have Wheel Cleaning Brushes that make cleaning wheels fast and easy

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    Tire brushes

    There's a million ways to skin a cat. (sorry PETA - just an old saying, I like cats).

    My preference for effectiveness and safety is to use a cordless tool with a brush attached and let the MACHINE do the work.



    Machines always outperform puny humans

    Sure you can scrub tires by hand, I do it, but my preference is to machine scrub. Below are some examples. The best option in my opinion and experience is the brush on the Cordless FLEX PE14, after that the Cordless Mighty Mini with an Aqua Cyclo Brush. After that the low profile brush by hand.



    How to machine scrub tires using the Cordless FLEX PE14

    The art of photography....
    Holding the camera in one hand while squeezing the spray with the other hand and timing the exact moment to get this type of "action shot".







    Yeah buddy....





    Have to admit, normally I would hold the FLEX with both hands but in this moment the other hand was manning the camera.












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    Heavy-Duty DA Carpet Brush – Long Bristles

    Heavy-Duty DA Carpet Brush – Short Bristles

    FLEX PE-150 Cordless Rotary Polisher

    TUF SHINE Tire Cleaner 22 ounce

    SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect








    Review: Machine Tire Scrubber by Mike Phillips - NO SHOCK HAZARD WHILE WASHING YOUR CAR!


    Recently we brought in a cordless spot repair polisher and I was asked to test it out. I charged the battery and the affixed a couple different types of buffing pads, placed it against a body panel turned it on a just as expected, the little hand held drill looking tool spun the pad against the paint. I sent in my feedback that the tool did in deed work to buff paint but what where I think it really shines, (no pun intended), is as shock-proof machine tire scrubber.


    What am I talking about?

    I'm talking about machine scrubbing your tires instead of hand scrubbing and I'm talking about using this little handheld cordless polisher as a machine tire scrubber. You see, this tool unlike a drill uses an attatchment design that uses a 5/16" fine thread spindle not a universal adjustable chuck like most drills.

    Guess what?

    The Cyclo brushes have a 5/16" fine thread spindle. This means they will thread onto this cordless polisher and turn it into a cordless machine scrubber.


    Check it out...


    Here's an old 2-door Chevy with some period correct tires....





    Here's the Mighty Mini Cordless Polisher with a Cyclo Aqua Upholstery Brush





    Picture kind of does the talking...





    Works great to machine scrub plastic trim and cladding....




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    Mighty Mini Cordless Polisher aka Machine Tire Scrubber

    2 Pack Cyclo Polisher Aqua Soft Carpet Brush













    Tire cleaning by Hand

    Did you now there's a SCIENCE to the bristles of brushes? You bet there is. I'd say it's hard to find anyone that can verbalize the reasons for different types and sizes let alone someone that can type it out. When it comes to scrubbing tires you don't want to use a brush with long bristles.

    Why?

    Because using your hand, arm and shoulder muscles to scrub a vertical surface a LOT as in over and over again, taxes your muscles and then you simply don't do a very good job of actually getting the tires sidewalls clean. What works better for the tire and for the human is a brush that uses SHORT STIFF BRISTLES like the hand-held brush you see in the picture below. What works even better is to machine scrub your tires.







    Step 1: Spray a liberal amount of tire cleaner to the tire.








    Step 2: Scrub tires thoroughly to agitate the tire cleaner to loosen and remove tire blooming, road film and oxidation.





    Note the brown, mud like color in the tire foam? This is the blooming, road film and oxidation coming off the tire.









    Step 3: Rinse thoroughly...







    In this close-up from the above picture, you can see the wave of brown ick blasting off the tire sidewall...






    Repeat process

    If you really want your tires clean, for example to apply a tire dressing or a tire coating, then repeat the tire cleaning process until you see a white colored tire cleaner foam on the sidewall. This is the visual indicator that the tire cleaner is completely clean.







    Here you can see the tire cleaner foam is now white after scrubbing... this is the sign the tires are clean.






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    TUF SHINE Tire Brush








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    Re: Must Have Wheel Cleaning Brushes that make cleaning wheels fast and easy

    Okay all done....


    Thread is now "open"


    Hope this helps anyone looking for the best tools to make getting their wheels and tires clean.

    Cleaning wheels and tires is a pain in the butt - but great tools make the job fast and easy.


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    Re: Must Have Wheel Cleaning Brushes that make cleaning wheels fast and easy

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    Removing stubborn brake dust and road film in hard to reach areas
    The Speed Master Wheel Detailing Brush works great to get into tight areas around the brake calibers to agitate and remove stubborn brake dust AND ROAD FILM.


    ...
    Also works great to fling all that stubborn brake dust and ROAD FILM (and wheel cleaner/soap) all over yourself and surrounding area. Bought the set of the speed master brushes and just can’t love them for that reason.

    Been meaning to pick up a set of the Wheel Woolies as it seems like they’d do just as good of a job without the fling.

    I do love the short handle boars hair brush for cleaning wheel faces though!

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    Re: Must Have Wheel Cleaning Brushes that make cleaning wheels fast and easy

    And yes, even MORE!


    What comes next after washing wheels and tires?


    Washing and drying the rest of the car!



    And just like cleaning wheels and tires - you NEED and WANT great tools to make this aspect of getting your car clean fast and easy and just as important maximizing your efficiency AND doing it all safely.


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    Re: Must Have Wheel Cleaning Brushes that make cleaning wheels fast and easy

    So the short bristled DA brush is recommended for tires more-so than the long bristled brush?

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