Updated: Feb 26
Everyone will agree that a proper car valet or detailing job isn’t complete without squeaky clean wheels. As a result, we in the industry are always on the hunt for the best wheel and alloy cleaning products. After trying and, in my opinion, failing with many products, I’ve found what I believe to be one of the most effective solutions on the market today – Bilt Hamber’s Auto-Wheel.
This award-winning wheel cleaner is widely-regarded as a stellar product. Given it delivers incredible results from very little solution, it really is excellent value for money. But before I tell you about that, let’s delve a bit more into the product and brand.
Who Are Bilt Hamber?
Bilt Hamber has become a household name especially in the UK and across Europe when it comes to auto detailing products. Wheel cleaner aside, we are also a massive fan of their Auto Foam product, which is a fantastic pre-wash solution. With Auto-Wheel, we reckon the Essex-based Bilt Hamber has gone and done it again, setting the bar for the rest of the industry.
This wheel cleaner represents an excellent combination of fallout remover, degreaser, and a regular brake dust cleaner. Despite being lightyears ahead of the competition, Bilt Hamber offers this product at a very affordable price point.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at this product in a little more detail.
What Makes Bilt Hamber Auto-Wheel Different from the Competition?
Perhaps the best feature of the Bilt Hamber Auto-Wheel product is that it delivers a pH-neutral formulation. This feature allows it to deliver robust cleaning power against rust, dirt, and other continents without ruining the paint work on your painted wheels, for example.
Being water-based, it’s also lacquer-friendly and you can use it on a regular basis without worrying about damaging or tarnishing your wheels after prolonged exposure.
In short, it has the cleaning properties of an acid or alkaline-based wheel cleaner without any of the associated drawbacks. It’s win-win!
How Do You Apply Bilt Hamber Auto-Wheel?
The application procedure is pretty straightforward (another bonus!). Rinse the wheels first using a garden hose or a pressure washer so that the loose debris gets rinsed off and the wheel cleaner only gets in contact with stubborn debris.
Next, spray it on all the spokes and the inner barrel and let it dwell for three to five minutes. Don’t go gung-ho here. A little solution goes a long way, which is why this is such a cost-effective product. Also, take care to ensure the solution doesn’t end up between the brake pads and the rotor.
As you’re waiting, you’ll notice that the solution will slowly turn a deep reddy/purple colour as it reacts with the surface contaminants. Once it’s gone an intense shade of red/purple, it’s time to agitate the solution with a soft detailing brush. You don’t need to be forceful. Just work the solution into the wheel as if you were painting it.
In fact, with this particular solution, you don’t need to agitate at all. However, I like to do it on heavily soiled wheels to make sure everything comes off.
During agitation, you’ll start to notice just how clean the wheel is becoming underneath. Once you’ve agitated the solution, it’s time to break out the hose (or preferably pressure washer) to wash off the solution to reveal wheels that look good as new!
Can You Use Bilt Hamber Auto-Wheel on Other Car Surfaces?
Even though it’s pH-neutral, there are some precautions you should take when using this excellent cleaning product elsewhere. It’s engineered for brake dust and rust, which is obviously most often a problem on the wheels of a vehicle.
That said, you should be able to use it on painted body parts. I would strongly urge you to try a dedicated bodywork cleaner rather than a wheel cleaner. However, if you’re in a bind, try a small sample area first and then proceed with caution from there. Avoid getting it in contact with plastic trims, as it will probably tarnish and damage them.
Where Can I Buy Bilt Hamber Auto-Wheel?
The Bilt Hamber Auto Wheel product comes in two sizes: the first is a handy little one-litre sprayer bottle, and the other is a larger five-litre container. Some customers buy the one-litre bottle as a trial and then quickly return to stock up on five-litre bottles. Yes, it’s that good.
We stock both variants here at MD Detailing. However, we undoubtedly sell more of the five-litre Bilt Hamber Auto-Wheel cleaner. The great news is that, by investing in the larger version, you benefit from free shipping and have this industry-leading wheel cleaner at your disposal for much, much longer.
If you would like to grab yourself a bottle, head over to our online shop now to purchase yours. Alternatively, if you have any questions for the team or myself, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.