Owning a pickup truck is a great investment. As a responsible vehicle owner, you must ensure that your ride is working at the most optimal level possible to help you avoid any inconveniences such as breakdowns that could potentially result in you getting involved in an accident. Similarly, you must also take into account maintaining your vehicle’s outside appearance.
Obviously, at any time of the day, whether or not you take it on the road, your truck may accumulate dust, dirt, and other particles that would settle on its exterior parts. Indeed, cleaning your vehicle must be done periodically. That way, your ride, along with your commitment on having it working at the highest level, can still look good as you first bought it some months or years ago.
Taking Care of your Pickup Rims
One of the things people see when you take your pickup truck on the road, park it somewhere else, or pull at the side of the road is not just your vehicle’s body. People also tend to notice the shiny part of your truck’s wheels—the rims. Basically, they are parts of your wheels that are not just installed for aesthetic purposes; they’re there to provide tire support. Just like your vehicle being an investment in itself, you can actually buy either brand-new or aftermarket rims in a variety of styles and finishes, helping add a custom touch and enhanced appearance to your pickup truck.
Other exterior parts of your pickup truck attract dirt (mud), grease, and debris, and your rims are no different. It is very important that you keep your set of Advanti rims free from any of these dirty particles, and while you can go to the car wash to deal with them, you can also spend a little more time in making sure that every nook and cranny of every rim is cleaned.
Rim Cleaning Tips to Consider
Meanwhile, below are some general tips on how you can maintain your truck’s rims cleaned and well-maintained:
- Make sure that your tires and the rest of the vehicle are cleaned first, and then focus on the rims.
- The stiff bristles of the tire brush could scratch the rim surface. Better use a soft toothbrush; it’s gentle on the rims and it can help you tackle hard-to-reach gaps. Just like you place a bit of toothpaste on the toothbrush’s bristle to clean your teeth, you must first dip it in soapy water and start scrubbing away. After all the grimy particles have been removed, splash the soapy rims with clean water. Once you’re done, use your lint-free for drying the rims.
- You can buy a spray cleaner made especially for your truck rims at auto accessory shops as an alternate for soapy water. Make sure that you read everything at the back of the rim cleaner before purchasing it. Again, once you’re done, use the towel to dry the rims off.
- Over time, one of your rims may accumulate rust. If this happens, you don’t need make replacements. You can actually use (or buy, if you don’t have one) a concentrated cleaner with high acid content. Once you’ve cleaned them and dried, spray the cleaning solution on the rust, using the stiff brush. Be cautious, though, because such a bristle may scratch an even rim surface.
- To make your pickup rims look brand new, you may invest on a wax solution made specifically for them. Just like the car body wax you have in your garage, it’s a best thing to have one in handy every time you clean your vehicle as it protects your rims from accumulating any dirt or debris.
Taking into consideration these tips can greatly prolong the sheen of your rims. Indeed, Advanti rims protection and maintenance can bring the best out of your pickup truck’s appearance every time, whether on the road or not.