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How to detail your wheel wells

This was an old one that I wanted to post here its a good one on how to detail your wheel wells:

Okay, everyone as spring nears and most of us have been hit with some snow this winter, I figured why not do a detailed how to on cleaning up the wheel wells on our cars.

I figured some of us will be switching up to a summer wheel set up, so what better time to get you all out there to clean up the salt, dirt, grime, and everything else in your wheel well while you have access to it.

Let's get started.

Products used:

Craftsman's 4000lbs jack
(I was intending to use jack stands but the ones I bought were too big)
Torque wrench
Socket wrench
P21S Autowash
P21S Polishing Soap
Adam's Car Wash
Adam's Invisible Undercarriage Spray
Menzerna FMJ
Old Microfiber towels
Bucket
Firehose Nozzle
If you got a high pressure washer that would be a major plus!
Boar's Hair Brush
Wheel Brush (synthetic bristles)
Spoke wheel brush (to get in to the tight spots)
Detail Sponge (for the Adam's Invisible Undercarriage Spray)
Dark color clothing (you will get pretty dirty on this one)
Gloves

Procedure:
1. Make sure the car is cool (wheels, brakes etc)
2. Jack up the car so that you can take the wheel off (I would recommend using jack stands if you got them)
3. Remove wheel
4. Spray down wheel well.
5. Spray the whole area with P21S Autowash
6. Using the brushes from the Bucket full of Adam's Car Wash I started to agitate and brush the dirt and grime off everything in the wheel well. Getting the suspension bits, wheel liners, control arms, boots, brake caliper, etc..
7. Used the high pressure washer to spray everything down. (if the results are not what you want repeat from step 5)
8. Used the P21S Polishing Soap to polish out all the metal in the wheel well. (not the brakes)
9. Used the high pressure washer to spray down all the P21S soap off.
10. Used an old MF to wipe everything dry
11. Sprayed down the wheel liner, rubber, and plastics with Adam's Undercarriage Spray, for the super glossy look you will spray it and leave it. For the matte OEM look Spray it let it set and then wipe down with a detailing sponge (I used the ones that we sell with the Adam's VRT) try not to get any of the dressing on the rotors.
12. Applied some Menzerna FMJ on the brake caliper, buffed off with a MF towel
13. You are now good to go just mount the summer wheels on and repeat till all four wheel wells are done.

I spent about 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours on this procedure.

Now to the good part the pics:

Before pic of the whole car with snow setup:


Dirty wheels:


Before wheel well pics:







During the P21S Autowash and brushing:






Polishing metal bits:





Dressing/afters:








Final picture:


Dirty car with some hot clean wheels:


Note: the dressing appears to be running but its not, its left over water as the wheel well/liners were still wet.

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Deng... that's pretty clean man! Nice job. Wanna do mine next?

Is there a way to take out / clean paint on the wheel wells? The previous owner ran over fresh paint on the road two days before i bought the car. Ever since then, i've only been trying to remove it with a flat-head screw driver. But no luck.

Any suggestions?

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have you tried a degreaser like P21S total autowash and a brush?

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or maybe 3m adhesive remover?

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Those are some hot wheels for sure.

I gotta do my wheel wells one of these days.

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what's the point of having a nice car if you can't drive it.

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thanks I have the euro rs6 wheels on them now..

regret selling the 20 inch BBS RSGT's though..

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