how to clean bmw wheels

Shopping List

  1. 2 Medium Size Storage Boxes (Home Depot has these for $1.34 each) - Buy a pack of 10 on Amazon for $27.50
  2. 50 sq. ft. x 12 in. x 50 ft. Premium Dish Foam (Home Depot has a roll for $9.97) - Buy 50 sq ft of dish foam on Amazon for $7.98
  3. 1000 Feet Stretch Wrap (Home Depot has this for $21.96, 1000ft is the smallest size) - Buy 20" x 1000 FT Roll – 55 Gauge Thick Stretch Wrap on Amazon for $19.99
  4. Packing Tape (Home Depot has this for $5.97 for a large roll, you only need 3ft of tape for 4 wheels) - Buy Scotch Sure Start Shipping Packaging Tape, 1.88 x 38.2 Yards, 2 Rolls and 1 Dispenser (3450S-2-1RD) on Amazon for only $5.97
  5. 1 Razor Knife ($1.98 @ Home Depot).

open up box after cutting in half, lay wheel on top, cut excess material away

Step Two

  1. Open up box after cutting in half.
  2. Lay cleaned wheel on top.
  3. Cut excess material away.

secure cardboard over dish wrap to face of wheel

Step Four

  1. Secure large circular piece of cardboard over dish wrap to the face of the wheel.
  2. Cut excess material into partitions that will be used for back of wheel.

use packing wrap to wrap wheels and tires, the tighter the packing wrap the more secure

Step Six

  1. Use 100% recyclable packing wrap to wrap the wheels and tires in any motion (Rocking the wheel back and forth works well).
  2. The tighter the packing wrap, the more secure & protected the wheel will be in transit.

choosing a shipping provider

Step Seven

  1. ShipNex (the lowest price shipping option) requires all tires to be boxed in its own cardboard box: "Additional handling charges apply to any cylindrical item, such as a barrel, drum, pail, or tire, that is not fully encased in a corrugated cardboard shipping container".
  2. From following our guide, your tires should already be protected and ready to be placed in a box. Once the tire is placed in a cardboard shipping box of your choice, fill the remaining voids with crinkled-up newspaper (or magazines), packaging peanuts, dish wrap, or bubble wrap to prevent the tire from moving around inside the box.
  3. If you don't have a suitable sized box sitting around, try locating some (free) large retail shipping boxes from your local grocer or retail store. If you have no cardboard shipping boxes large enough to ship your packaged and protected wheels, use these helpful tutorials to build your own cardboard box from scratch: a) How to Make a Cardboard Box with 2 Pieces and b) How to Make a Cardboard Box out of Cardboard.
    c) Office Depot sells a 20-pack of the 36" x 36" corrugated cardboard sheets for $23.99. This should give you enough cardboard to build 4 custom boxes for your tires.
    d) 30" x 30" x 25" boxes (set of 5) for $53.30
  4. To ensure your compliance with ShipNex policies, please review the ShipNex "Avoid Charges" page.

choosing a shipping provider

Notes

  1. ShipNex can offer the most cost effective solutions to your shipping needs, because of the wholesale rates available and contracts they hold with FedEx & UPS.
  2. ShipNex uses FedEx for Express Shipments & UPS for any Ground Shipments.
  3. When I compared prices to ship a set of wheels & tires (18 x 8.5 w/ 235/35/18 tyres ~210lbs) I was quoted $416 via UPS, $376 via USPS, $308 via FedEx, and $206 via ShipNex to ship from the West Coast to the East Coast.
  • See what car enthusiasts have said about using ShipNex when shipping their wheels.
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