It is always advisable to test all cleaning and wheel care products on a small inconspicuous part of your wheel to determine if the products are producing the results you’re seeking-Fikse wheels come in a wide variety of finishes and product formulations change over time. Fikse warranties do not apply to damage caused by improper care or cleaning, so testing any products before use is imperative. Learn more about our self care wheel worksheet and if they fit.
First, and most importantly, NEVER let heavy brake dust accumulate on custom forged wheels for an extended period. Frequent cleaning is essential, much like a fine car finish. Most brake pad material becomes highly acidic when mixed with rain or water. This acidic mix of brake dust and water can damage any wheel if left on them too long.
It is important to never use off-the-shelf “Wheel Cleaner” products. These, too are usually far too acidic for high performance wheels. Fikse recommends a mix of mild soap and cold water, your favorite car shampoo will work fine. Never use hot water on aluminum, and always let the wheels cool to room temperature before cleaning. Use a natural sable bristle paint brush (available in the paint department of most hardware stores) to clean the lug pockets and spoke corner areas.
We suggest printing a copy of this instructional worksheet as a reference for wheel and tire care products and carrying them in your car’s glove box to instruct detailers when needed.
Some of our North American forged wheels have the center section clearcoated and the rims polished but left uncoated. This means that the outer rim (if the wheel finish is TechniPolish, neither coated nor anodized) can be touch-up polished with a very fine grade metal polish.
Once your FIKSE wheels are clean and dry, you may apply a very light coat of highest-grade wax to the wheels to help protect them between cleanings.