Rick's Camaros offers outstanding advice on wheel cleaners for the best tire shine you'll ever see on your ride.
Tires are one of the most unique surfaces on your car to clean. That rubber sidewall is much different than the chrome on your wheels or the metal or fiberglass panels you've painted. It is porous and permeable, and because of that, tends to pick up dirt easily. Granted, most tires are black colored, so they hide that dirt well.
But you're not here for things that hide dirt. You're here for eye-catching, jaw dropping shine that makes your Camaro look majestic.
At Rick's Camaros, we want to help you restore that project in your garage so you can take it out for a car show or a night of cruising. Wheel cleaning is an important step for helping your car look its best, but the process can often be overlooked. Below is a set of tires that have picked up in something a bit tougher to hide - primer overspray. Yeah, it's a mess. You'll see for yourself below.
We know how to clean tires with household products, but we also know that those home cleaners can't give you the professional polish you crave for your Camaro. We'll show you how a Meguiar's rubber protectant and some (actually, a lot) of elbow grease got these filthy tires looking gorgeous. This may seem like a super simple little project, but believe me, when your tires have been coated in primer overspray, it's not.
Our project Chevelle was in the shop undergoing bodywork, primer, more bodywork, more primer, some finessing bodywork, a little more primer ... you get the idea. The car was moved around in the shop (a lot) over the course of the months, and quite often, our wheels and tires were the unlikely recipient of some nasty overspray, rubbing compound, etc.
Our tires are BFGs, the original factory 14" size, and the wheels are the SS style 5-spokes. Both are approximately 5 years old, but after the beating they've taken over the past few months, they look worn out - definitely not show-ready.
We're going to show you a few tricks for cleaning wheels and tires, and make them look brand new. Be forewarned: this is not an easy task. It's simple, sure, but it takes plenty of elbow grease, and about 90 minutes per tire. Here we go...