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    Cleaning of PLATIN alloy wheels



Wheels need to be cleaned regularly to remove brake dust, which also includes tiny metal fragments. Otherwise the hot fragments can embed themselves in the paint and lead to contact corrosion. Wheels are more exposed to dirt or stones than the front of the vehicle and therefore need especial care as well. 


Cleaning alloy wheels

  • Alloy wheels should be cleaned weekly, depending on how much the vehicle is used.
  • Rinse off large particles of dirt with water before carrying out intensive cleaning.
  • Completely spray the wheels with a standard commercial wheel rim cleaner that is acid-free.
  • Allow it to work for a few minutes (follow the recommendations of the manufacturer).
  • Clean with a sponge or a soft brush.
  • Rinse off thoroughly with water and dry with a soft cloth or chamois leather.
  • Do not wash the wheels in car washes that use aggressive cleaners.
  • Do not use metal cleaner, steel wool, pot scourers or other materials or equipment that could scratch the protective layer.

Care of alloy wheels

  • Do not use any form of polish on light alloy wheels with a matt painted finish.
  • Only use standard commercial car polishes on light alloy wheels that were polished or painted with a glossy finish.
  • Do not use chrome polish or cleaners.
  • The rims can be sealed after the washing with colourless liquid wax.
  • Any damage due to hitting the kerb, impacts from stones or incorrect installation must be dealt with at once by sealing the area with a suitable paint touch up applicator.

EU energy label for tyres

The EU tyre label helps consumers to decide in favour of a higher fuel efficiency class for their tyres. This can contribute to large reductions in running costs and emissions. Enhanced wet grip means greater road safety, and details of external rolling noise contributes to a reduction in traffic noise levels. 

The actual fuel savings and road safety depend heavily on the behaviour of drivers, and in particular on the following:

  • Eco-driving can significantly reduce fuel consumption
  • Tyre pressure needs to be regularly checked to optimise fuel efficiency and wet grip.
  • Stopping distances must always be respected.

Fuel efficiency class

Less rolling noise saves fuel and cuts CO2. This property is assigned to classes A to E. 

Wet grip class

Wet grip is assigned to classes A to E. Wet grip is crucial to safe driving. For instance, the difference between class A and class E braking distances is 18 m. 

External rolling noise class

The label presents the volume in dB and the class A (quieter), B, or C (louder). The noise emitted by tyres affects the total noise levels emitted by the vehicle.

Snow grip

The snowflake symbol confirms that the snow tested tyre keeps within the 3PMSF limits (type approval).