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=U-Care Alloy Wheel Brush=
My car has Alloy wheels, I don't know whether that makes me a boy racer in training or a typical woman (no offence) who knows little about cars!
My daughter gives me an odd shaped present, it is a bucket and in it is car care items including this Alloy Wheel Brush, which she proudly told me she had brought from Amazon, and it was only £3 so she didn't spend too much of my balance!! I have to say 10/10 for being creative.
The tyres are a five spoke alley wheels and they have holes in them for the wheel nuts, and the grime soon builds up in these, have I have discovered.
=The day of the clean=
Ok it was a half clean as it was too cold to wash the whole car by hand, so I didn't want to disappoint my daughter, so bucket of hot soapy water and the new brush and off we went.
The brush is comfortable to hold, it has a dark blue plastic handle, bless her she did say she wanted a silver one to go with the car, the bristles are thick and bushy, and the part of the brush that holds the bristles has wire underneath it and this allows the flexibility to bend to get into the gaps with ease and the firmness of the bristles, gets rid of dirt and grime with no problems at all.
=Cleaning the brush=
It was easy to clean the brush, I just gave it a wash in the sink and left it to dry.
=Would I recommend=
Yes I would highly recommend this alloy brush, it was great value for money, did the trick perfectly. I liked the fact that the bristles were different lengths as this allows the brush to get into different sections of the alloys.
=Ease of use=
Time wise, I would say I spend about 30 seconds to a minute on each wheel, since mother's day, I have cleaned the alloys about fortnightly, as I had to have two new tyres, (not a nice price), so I like to put time and effort into keeping the car tidy,
=Wear and Tear=
I'm pleased to say the brush shows no sign of wear and tear, and it looks like it has a good shelf life.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend this brush, although I have had it a short time, I give it a 5/5 and I have some lovely clean alloys.
I was putting together a set of car things as a car care hamper for a Christmas gift for my husband when I found the U-Care Alloy Wheel Brush on eBay. I had never heard of an alloy brush before but apparently for the consciencious about car care they're very handy for keeping your alloys mud free and sparkly clean.
My husband really likes to spend a Sunday afternoon cleaning and polishing the car and though it's been through the car wash many times he much prefers the personal touch as he's convinced that car washes scratch the paint over time. Also he says the wheels are never as clean at the car wash, hence the U-Care Alloy Wheel Brush. Basically it's a palm sized brush with a handle which is used to really get into the nuts and bolts of the alloys, generally favoured by sportier car enthusiasts like hubby.
You don't need to use any special treatments with the U-Care Alloy Wheel Brush, hubby just uses the same water / shampoo combi he cleans the car with, but you can buy special alloy cleaning sprays should you wish, he thinks they're a bit of a waste of money, but then again not everyone gets down on the driveway to clean their alloys ;) for general cleaning then I'd say use the brush and whatever cleaner is to hand.
The dirt comes right off using the U-Care Alloy Wheel Brush, even the dried on, tarry, dusty dirt which usually makes alloys look dull. You can really get them clean using the U-Care Alloy Wheel Brush, of course you don't have to have a special brush for most of the dirt but the U-Care Alloy Wheel Brush is perfectly sized for the job and you can get right between the 'spokes' and into the wheel for a real deep clean. It can take an hour to clean four alloys so it's certainly a labour of love, but it's something you only need to use every four to six months so it's not too bad, and you can make a nice relaxing afternoon of it (so I'm told!). Obviously, using the U-Care Alloy Wheel Brush and cleaning by hand gets the alloys far far cleaner than any car wash ever could and even I have to admit they look brand new after a good clean.
Overall then I will give the U-Care Alloy Wheel Brush four out of five; they're not essential kit for a car owner, even one who cleans his or her own car. They are more one for enthusiasts who want to really care for their car, and it's a great little brush for cleaning any alloys which need it without too much bother and without causing any damage. I paid £4 for the U-Care Alloy Wheel Brush which I think is fairly good for a specialist piece of car maintainance kit and my husband uses it years on, so it's certainly built to last. You can now pick them up for around £2 - £3 which is even better!
Something that I think I have only mentioned once or twice here in the last six months is that I passed my driving test late last year. A few items that I have been using were passed to me for shared use by my husband who also drives and some items I bought myself, with his advice, to get me kitted out for driving and looking after my car. My car is a Ford with five spoke alloy wheels and so my lovely husband got me this alloy wheel brush from Amazon, for about £3, so that I could keep my wheels clean.
Obviously alloy wheels have little holes in them for the wheel nuts and I found after taking my car through the car wash that my wheels just didn't look as clean as I would like them to be. Also my car didn't have the cleanest windscreen and so I decided that I wouldn't spend £7 again on the car wash and instead I would try cleaning my car myself for exercise and for better results for less money - hopefully!
When cleaning my car, yes even when it is freezing such as now, I use a hose to allow me to clean my car thoroughly and quickly. I prefer to use a hose with a trigger nozzle to allow me not to waste water when I am scrubbing my car. I like being able to get my wheels wet and then using this brush to give them a scrub. This allows me to keep my car cleaning sponge free of all the nasty black stuff that comes off of my alloys.
This brush is comfortable to hold with a dark blue plastic handle and the bristles are thick and very bushy. The bristles do not move easily but they are flexible enough that they allow me to remove the dirt from my alloys quickly and efficiently. The brush part itself that holds the bristles has wire underneath it allow this to bend to get in the gaps with ease and then the firm bristles allow simple cleaning. The bristles go from long to short to allow even cleaning in all the gaps of my alloys. Keeping this brush clean is very simple. I just give it a quick rinse with the hose and then shake it before putting it back in the bucket where I keep all my car cleaning products.
In terms of cleaning my alloys this brush works very well. It is simple to use and it is able to comfortably fit in all of the gaps and the areas where the wheel nuts go. This brush has been used by me at least 10 times now and it is showing no real signs of wear at all and looks as good now as when it was brand new. It takes me about 30 seconds to clean each wheel, if that, and this means that I am not ruining my sponges all the time getting them all black and disgusting. The firm bristles of this brush are not too hard and they do not damage my alloys at all either. I am rating this alloy wheel brush 5/5 as it cleans fantastically well, is comfortable to hold and is durable also. I like cleaning my car, even during the cold months, as it makes me feel good to be looking after it and I also use this opportunity to check my tyre pressure, fill up with petrol at the petrol station if I need it and top up my oil, water, screen wash and other bits and bobs as needed. I like to spend a good hour or so looking after my car so that I know it is safe and also looks nice when I am driving about town or on longer journeys.
Please note: Some of the additional ratings are not relevant but as I am happy with this brush I have just given everything 5/5 stars.
Alloy wheels are very hard to clean as there are plenty of nooks and crannies that collect dust and dirt. For some reason, the front wheels are ten times worse than the back. I have previously used the same sponge to clean my alloys that I used on the car but this made the sponge filthy and black. Not only this, it is really hard to get into the base of the wheel with it as the angle is too sharp. My boyfriend brought an alloy brush to make this job easier and to keep our sponge for only the paintwork.
==Price and availability==
The cost of the brush is £4.99 and you can buy it from car care shops or online such as Amazon. This was bought from Motorsave.
The brush which is made from a robust plastic blue handle and thick set bristles is soft but firm enough to lift of dirt. The brush head is quite wide on the end but slimmer as it meets the handle so that you can poke it into hard to reach places. The brush bristles are attached to a wire frame which gives the brush flexibility. The brush lets go of the dirt in the water too so cleaning it after use is also quite painless.
I was using a combination of a thick bristle floor brush and a sponge to clean the alloys on the car before we bought this brush and it was quite remarkable how much easier it was with the brush. I always leave the alloys till last and with a fresh bucket of water and shampoo I give each wheel a good scrub with the brush, getting it into all the folds and holes. Once I have got most of the dirt off, I go around again with the brush and give the alloys a final scrub to remove the remaining dirt and give it a final polish. I spend about a minute on each wheel whereas before it was taking forever just to clean one. As the brush is so flexible it reaches into places that I struggled to get to before. The bristles on the brush are soft too so it does not scratch your shiny alloys. That is half the reason why I used to use the sponge as the bristle brush was quite rough on the alloys and scuffed them. This brush is firm enough to remove dirt but soft enough to protect the metal. The brush is lasting well and my only observation is that the head has bent a little bit over time which eventually will weaken the wire frame.
Alloy Wheel Brush