Wheels first or car first?

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Do you wash the wheels first, or car first?

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  1. ivanwi11iams

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    Based on Google searches, it seems one should wash the wheels of the car, before the car itself.
    But, I am confused with this process. Would the wheels not get dirty, to a degree, when the car is then washed?

    Anyway, all that to ask, do you wash the wheels first, or car first?
     
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    The question for me is more...when the hell is the last time you washed your wheels?

    Other than that, most advice is usually top to bottom but if you need to pressure wash the wheels to get them properly cleaned, the might be why?
     
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    If you wash the wheels after the car, you will get the brake dust and the harsh chemicals you use to clean them all over your paint when it inevitably splashes everywhere. When you clean the body last, you remove the brake dust and wheel cleaning chemicals and you can rinse the wheels last to remove anything that came down from the body.
     
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    Ah, I see! Now those details I did not find online. And it totally makes sense. I was not thinking about the 'dust', merely the dirty water from the car rolling down to the clean tyres/rims...

     
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    Not sure how thorough you want to be when washing your car but I recommend checking out Obsessed Garage on YouTube. He used to have a GT350 and has an entire video series about cleaning it as well as some of his other vehicles including 1st and 2nd gen Raptors, 911 GT3, BMW M4, and others. Beware that he can be cynical and true to his name, he has OCD so his process is extremely meticulous but there is still a lot you can learn from him.

    GT350 Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG_BGdABDC9stE0CPdTeC76meVpkOVswK
     
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    Wheels first for the reasons given above. I hit the wheels with my pressure washer/foamer when I'm doing the body to minimize dirt getting back on the wheels.
     
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    I always do:

    Pressure wash:
    Wheel wells
    Wheels

    Clean and rinse:
    Wheels and tires

    Pressure wash:
    Car

    Clean and rinse:
    Car

    Final pressure wash:
    Everything
     
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