Meguiar's: Attention to winter wheel care avoids damaged rims

Jan. 1, 2020
While your customers may feel that regular vehicle washings seem like a waste of time during the winter months, keeping a car or truck?s surface and undercarriage clean is a vital task, according to Mike Pennington, a product expert at Meguiar's.
While your customers may feel that regular vehicle washings seem like a waste of time during the winter months, keeping a car or truck’s surface and undercarriage clean is a vital task, according to Mike Pennington, a product expert at Meguiar's.

Motorists should be consistently cleaning their vehicles to remove the snow, sleet and salt. Pennington suggests using a high pressure apparatus, paying special attention to removing elements that may collect in the undercarriage and wheel wells. Hot water shouldn’t be applied, however, as it may cause glass to crack.

Special attention should be paid to wheel care, he says, because permanent damage can result from winter’s onslaught.

Pennington notes that Meguiar’s line of Hot Rims wheel cleaners “combat grit and grime on the face as well as the inside of the wheel, making sure the wheels remain in great condition.”

To prepare glass surfaces for winter’s arrival, the company’s Smooth Surface Clay Kit can be utilized prior to applying a water repellant product. The claying process will remove any bonded debris, allowing the repellant to perform at the highest level, he says. To ensure continued visibility, use a quality automotive glass cleaner and microfiber towel to keep the glass free of winter debris.

To make certain that drivers can see and be seen, Pennington says the company’s Headlight Restoration Kit will maximize headlamp clarity and brightness. Meguiar’s PlastX can also be applied once a month to ensure safe driving and prolonged headlight protection, he adds.

A vehicle’s interior often suffers during the cold, wet months when clothes and shoes drag in dirt, Pennington continues. He recommends vacuuming all the cloth surfaces regularly and using the company’s Quik Out Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner to immediately remove stains. “In addition, Meguiar’s Odor Eliminator is the answer for making sure cars are kept smelling fresh and clean in spite of poor weather conditions.” For more information, visit www.meguiars.com.

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