Last Updated on December 23, 2023 by Stewart

Using the best brushes for alloy wheels is essential for a safe and effective clean. This is especially true for black, polished wheels.

When cleaning alloy wheels, a selection of brushes are required. Below, I have listed my favourite brushes that I have used for many years. They have allowed me to get a great, deep clean on my alloys time after time. Of course, these should be used in conjunction with a proper alloy wheel cleaner.

Meguiar’s Supreme Microfibre Wheel Brush

This is one seriously chunky brush to clean the barrels of your alloy wheel. It’s incredibly soft and when coupled with wheel cleaner it really makes cleaning the inner barrels a complete breeze.

I’ve been using this for several years now, and it cleans just as well as it did on the first clean. I’ve never been worried about scratching or scuffing my alloys with this brush.

As mentioned, it is on the thicker side, so for those with more intricate designs and spokes on the alloy wheels, this most likely fit into it. And the last thing you’d want to do is damage the brush, or the wheel. Having said that if you do choose this brush then you’ll be extremely happy with it. The quality is second to none.

There is also a medium version available, as is one that has an angle on it so that you can get behind the spokes of the alloys, which is perfect for those that don’t want you use a cloth or mitt on it. Regardless of the size that you choose, they hold a ludicrous amount of cleaner meaning that there’s plenty of lubrication each time it comes into contact with the wheel.

It is a bit pricier than the other brushes on this list, but it’ll last a long time, if it’s cared for properly.

Meguiar's X1901EU Supreme Microfibre Wheel Brush, Large, Completely Safe Wheel Cleaning
  • COMPLETELY SAFE: Safe wheel cleaning on all wheel finishes including alloys, painted and chrome; no metal parts

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TSLBW2 2 Piece Set

I’ve been using this brush set for the past 12 months and I’m truly blown away by the quality of it. They are covered in a soft microfibre which does an amazing job at cleaning the inside of the barrels of the alloy wheels. I always get a really deep clean on them when using this.

The thinner of the two brushes actually bends as well, so you can manipulate it into a position that allows the back face of the wheel to be cleaned very well. With any brush that bends, durability can be an issue. However, I haven’t had any issues at all with the durability of the brush that bends. As long as you are gentle with it, there won’t be an issue. In terms of durability overall, the microfibre finish on it 9 months later still looks as though it’s been taken right out of the packet.

Much like the Meguiar’s listed above, it too holds a lot of product meaning you can carry out a safe clean. It’s also a bit cheaper (at the time of writing) than the Meguiar’s option as well.

TSLBW 2 Pcs Car Wheel Brushes and Rim Cleaning Brush Long Handle Vehicle Kit Microfiber Hub Different Size Detailing Set Bendable Tire Brush, Black and Red
  • Material: The wheel and tire brush is made of premium microfiber filaments and plastic handle , which can remove dirt on the rim without leaving any traces and allow you to easily pick up the immersed wheel brush to clean the wheel.

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Vikan 525252 Soft Tip Wheel Brush

When it comes to cleaning the faces of the wheels, nothing compares to the Vikan 525252 soft tip brush. Seriously, you wouldn’t believe just how soft this brush is. Not only that, but when coupled with your cleaner of choice, it decimates the dirt that is on the wheel. I’ve used this on my own alloys, and also black alloys on a friends car and it leaves the face of the wheel looking amazing. It’s great for getting right around the inner spokes on the alloy wheels.

I seriously love how great this brush is when it comes to cleaning the alloys.

It’s also extremely durable. I was worried that since it’s a smaller brush, it might not be that strong. However, not only has it survived a few drop tests, but the bristles are also still in it. I’ve not noticed any coming out of the brush head in the 12 months I’ve been trying this brush out. It’s also really lightweight which is great and you can quickly clean the faces of the wheels when you’re using the Vikan brush.

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26JPN 3 Pack Detailing Brushes

For those that have intricate sections on their alloy wheels, it’s highly recommend that a detailing brush is used to really give the wow factor for the final result.

In this case, I would always recommend the 26JPN 3 pack of detailing brushes. The reason for this is that these brushes have been designed for wheels and engine bays. This means that they can withstand a bit of punishment from those that use tough acting alloy wheel cleaners.

Of course, I really like the fact that you get 3 brushes in the set, it’s excellent value for money. In addition to this, the brushes are very light. However, they are also of the highest quality. I’ve used similar brushes in the past to detail wheels and the high quality ones have been extremely heavy, and it was just a chore to use them.

This isn’t the case with the 26JPN brushes. They make light work of detailing the wheels, and they also work great for detailing engine bays, too.

As is the case with all of the other brushes on this list they’re extremely durable as well. None of the bristles have came out of any of the three brushes in the set whilst I’ve been using it, and that’s including when I’ve used more aggressive alkaline wheel cleaners.

From a safety standpoint, it did not cause any scratches or swirls both on my wheels, or on my friends black alloys. That added peace of mind is great and it means that (presuming you use the right amount of product), that you won’t scratch your wheels when using these brushes.

I highly recommend these for intricate alloy wheel detailing.

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