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Old 10-17-2012, 06:37 PM   #1
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Wheel Wax

Does anyone have an opinion on what I should be using to polish my wheels? They are brushed centers, with a chrome lip, see pic below. I know Modulare said to use soap and water for cleaning, but want to know about wax.

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Old 10-17-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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Check out the thread on Adams Quick Sealant. you can then wax over it for added shine/protection.
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I know I'm not supposed to use any chemicals on these, so I should have clarified that. Really don't want to mess up the finish on these, so I don't want to try anything too crazy.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:14 PM   #4
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You can pm Dylan on here he'll know for sure
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tip, I'll send him a PM.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:41 PM   #6
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Blackfire Wet Diamond Sealant.... or the best thing would be to get some opticoat on there.

Either way, brake dust should be super easy to get off, so much so that normal soap and water will do the trick, no more need for dedicated wheel cleaners

Adam's sealants will work too, if you decide that route.
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I'm not trying to keep brake dust off, my wheels are already coated straight from Modulare, just looking for a way to keep them from getting chemicals on them.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:12 PM   #8
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Adam's Quick Sealant is a great product for wheels.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:47 PM   #9
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You're on the right track with the soap/water washing for the wheels... no need for dedicated wheel cleaners unless you get to a point where the brake dust is significant enough to require it. Just need to avoid car washes that contain wax or other additives or that are not pH balanced. Some cleaners are VERY acidic and will cloud up an aftermarket wheel like that in no time flat.

I take a couple ounces of our Adam's Car Wash Shampoo, mix in an empty bottle with a foaming sprayer and use that for delicate wheel cleaning.

Between full washes I'll use our Waterless Wash to wipe the wheels down. Its very gentle and doesn't contain anything that'll leave a coating behind.

Like the others have suggested, Quick Sealant is a great option if you want to put another coating down to keep them protected. A lot of guys here use it for their wheels, but it can also be used for any exterior surface - paint, glass, wheels, etc. I just wrapped up a 1000 mile drive not long ago and used it to protect my truck from bugs... worked perfect!

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Old 10-19-2012, 02:20 PM   #10
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Found out what to use, talked to a wheel place in town that deals in high end wheels, so I got some Mother's Billet wheel polish. They said that's what to use, so I'll post before and after shots.
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my wheels are already coated straight from Modulare
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Found out what to use, talked to a wheel place in town that deals in high end wheels, so I got some Mother's Billet wheel polish. They said that's what to use, so I'll post before and after shots.
These 2 statements are at odds with eachother...

If the wheels are indeed coated from the manufacture then a billet polish is not what you'd want to use. Probably need to clarify what the surface of the wheels are before you jump to any one product.

If they're coated then they'll be treated like paint... its clear coat.

If they're not coated then you'll use 'billet polish' or any other aluminum polish to CORRECT imperfections. Polishes do not protect the finish.

You also definitely don't want to start polishing on a brushed finish like the spokes.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:02 PM   #12
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I'm not trying to keep brake dust off, my wheels are already coated straight from Modulare, just looking for a way to keep them from getting chemicals on them.
My understanding is If your wheels are coated that means they have clear paint on them. If that's the case then all you need to do is put wax or sealant on it
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:15 PM   #13
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Any non abrasive car wax will do- The trick is to keep them clean and wax as often as you can- at least every couple of weeks if you use your car often and in bad weather.
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Talked to Modulare finally, they have apparently been busy. They said soap and water, carnauba if I want to. The billet stuff is fine for the hardware and such. And no to anything non organic. So I guess I'll use the was I have, and then jump for some Adams when I run out! I can use the billet on my other non cleared stuff too.
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