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Here's something to make your wheels/tires, and over-all vehicle look better:

Use a heavier duty degreaser/cleaner to clean out your wheel wells. Yes, yes, I know, isn't that going just a little too far? It really does make a definite difference in appearance.

Just look around your wheels after a wash, and what do you see? Sort of a grungy, pale, non inviting appearance.

What do you see when you look at a brand new car? A dark, almost black area where the chrome/aluminum wheel really sticks out.

In other words, the wheel well is sort of the frame that surrounds the wheel. If the frame doesn't look good, the picture won't look as good as it should. See what I mean?

I have found that Meguiars "EXTRA All Surface Cleaner" does a FABULOUS job at this. Just spray it on, let it sit for a moment, and spray it off. It's absolutely incredible how good a job it does! You might need to use a small scrub brush the first time in order to get the thicker tar, but after that first time it gets a lot easier. The result is a beautifully clean and dark colored wheel well area.

Here's a link to Meguiar's web site where this stuff is detailed:

http://www.meguiars.com./product_showroom/showproducts_template.cfm?SrcLine=CW
 

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Snorton - I too do that wheelwell thing! I spray (carefully) Simple Green in there, let it soak in and use an old brush. It does make a difference so I do it every time I wash the car. Just be careful not to hit the wheels/tires or body, that stuff will "clean" and may well dull wheels or bodywork.
 

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i just detailed my ride the other day and i did the wheelwells too...it does make a difference..
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Don Hardy said:
Snorton - I too do that wheelwell thing! I spray (carefully) Simple Green in there, let it soak in and use an old brush. It does make a difference so I do it every time I wash the car. Just be careful not to hit the wheels/tires or body, that stuff will "clean" and may well dull wheels or bodywork.
I use Simple Green as well. However, I use it on the wheels, tires and wheel wells. It won't hurt the paint at all, however, it will remove wax. So I try to keep it off the fenders etc. but as far as the wheels, it's not hard to apply a quick coat of wax after I wash. For the wheels, I like to use Meguiar's "Quick Wax." It's a spray on wax that I've foud sucks the big one for use on the rest of the car (it streaks, gets on the windows, etc.) but for the wheels it's great. I also spray a quick coat of Meguiar's Vinyl and Rubber protectant in there to keep it shinny...
 
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