Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Wheel cleaning chemicals

November 2, 2011

Of all the chemicals used in the detail business, wheel acids are the most dangerous to the wheel, the employee and the environment.

Many contain hydrofluoric acid (HF), which is quite harmful if you get it on your skin, in your eyes or inhale it. Therefore, you should always wear safety equipment when using wheel acid. This means glasses and gloves, and the work should be done in a well-ventilated area.

Non-acid wheel cleaners, while not as dangerous, have a high pH (10 to 12). They are harmful to your eyes and will severely dry out your hands if not used with gloves. So do not be fooled into thinking that they are not dangerous.

In addition, repeated use of wheel acid can break down the resin in the clear-coat and cause it to cloud and/or deteriorate. So use acid only when absolutely necessary.

And remember: Just because it cleans faster than non-acid does not mean you should always use it.