“ Autoglym Hi-Tech Wheel Brush is the preferred choice of professionals and enthusiasts. The uniquely constructed tool will stand up to the toughest cleaning jobs and is highly resistant to chemical attack from heavy duty cleaning solutions. It is metal free and is safe for use on lacquered or plastic finished wheels and engine bay components. The tapered bristle head will not distort or mushroom, even when consistently pounded. Use with Autoglym special cleaners on wheels, engines and components to cut straight through brake dust, grease and grime and significantly reduce cleaning time and effort. „
The Auto Glym wheel brush is literally a glorified toothbrush or alloy wheel brush with a premium price because of the name it carries. The brush claims that its advantage over other brushes is that it has no metal in its construction to damage the alloy wheel, although I have used all manner of brushes on my alloy wheels and none have damaged or scratched them. Modern alloy wheels are designed to combat all manner of stone chips/scrapes etc and using a normal brush is unlikely to harm them.
I can see the benefit of using this brush if you have a classic car with old wheels/wire wheels or indeed for engine compartments, however for the mass market I can see no benefit of using this brush over a cheap tesco alloy wheel brush costing £1
Overall, for modern wheels I wouldn't tell everyone to rush out and buy it, but it is obvious for the niche markets it would be ideal and would probably get a great review.
Those who have read my previous reviews on Autoglym products will know I am a fan and regular Autoglym product user. Moving away from reviewing the usual products associated with AutoGlym, i.e. polishes, shampoos and interior cleaners this review looks at the AutoGlym Hi-Tech wheel brush.
The Hi-Tech wheel brush can be found in most reputable car accessory shops, as yet I have not seen this in any supermarkets where the other products can be found. It is normally located near the AutoGlym polishes etc and costs approximately £10.99
The brush is packaged in a clear plastic square tube, so you can see the entire brush, with both ends capped using plastic square caps. The familiar Square AutoGlym logo is also stamped on the plastic casing.
The brush stands approximately 250mm high and is approximately 30mm in diameter. This is different the normal wheel brushes as the bristles are concentrated in a 30mm diameter cluster at the top of the brush. The handle is 145mm long, then a plastic surround of 45mm attaches the bristles to the handle with the bristles then standing at 60mm long.
The brush initially feels comfortable in your hand, the handle has contours which fit snugly into the palm of your hand. The brush is nice and light and is made purely out of plastic (There are no metal bits which may potentially scratch your wheels). However due to the design of the brush, it soon seems to feel uncomfortable when you clean your wheels.
With the bristles being tightly packed together in a circular combination, the 'useful' cleaning surface area, i.e. tip of the brush, seems to be small for cleaning large alloy wheels. If using the sides of the bristles to clean large surfaces and wheel spoke edges, this does not seem to have a good cleaning affect which standard wheel brushes produce. If you use only the tip of the brush for cleaning, your hands soon begin to cramp and the wheel cleaning process soon becomes painful taking a long time to complete.
I am not sure where AutoGlym believed this was a well designed brush. They claim the tapered head will not distort or mushroom even after continuous pounding, however, unless I am seriously using this the wrong way, the brush is so uncomfortable and the cleaning effectiveness is not as good as most conventional wheel brushes.
I would say this could be a good brush for cleaning 'wire wheel' type alloys and even engines, (Autoglym state the brush can be used for either as it will withstand attack from wheel cleaning products and engine degreasing products), where a dabbing affect is recommended.
Overall, in my opinion, this is not the best brush for cleaning standard alloy wheels and at £10.99 (Yep good old Halfords) is not cost affective. There are plenty of cheaper, albeit not necessarily as good of quality, wheel brushes which can be bought from supermarkets for as little as £2.50 which are much more comfortable during use and more effective at cleaning.
AutoGlym, stick to what you know best, polishes, shampoos and interior cleaning products.